Collaborative annotated bibliography of works that have influenced you in respect of the scholarship and practice of teaching

Contribute to the Google Doc

The aim of this weeks activity is to share and critically review your collective knowledge and also the scholarly literature on teaching and learning.

A successful MOOC relies on open sharing of ideas and resources so we hope you feel enabled to connect and add to this.

Next week the focus will be on reflection of your overall experience to date of being a teacher. As you begin to write about this experience it is useful to be able to draw upon the scholarly literature in relation to teaching and learning in order to contextualise and develop knowledge to further your own teaching practice.

If you refer to page 3 of The UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (HEA, 2011)

Do you agree that Professional Values 3 and 4 cannot be fully explored without drawing on a wide range of evidence-based and contemporary resources? This learning activity is based on this assumption and that by building a shared repository of these resources will enhance these values further.

General principles of the activity

The intended outcome is to create an annotated bibliography of resources and/or a shared group library using a preferred author, date reference system

Ideally you will contribute to these resources and also review and appraise your own resources, in addition to critique of contributions made by other participants within the course.

You will have the opportunity to draw upon the shared resources of the course. This will help you to explore your perspectives and support your reflections on teaching and learning and cite, integrate and critically analyse these sources appropriately within your reflective writing.

We hope that this activity will encourage you to build your own personal library of citation resources to share and connect with others beyond the remit of the course.

Links to resources to support learning activity 1

A range of options

Given the diversity of participants within a MOOC and different strategies for citation and reference management, which includes the activity of Social bookmarking a range of possible options will therefore be suggested within this learning activity.

Annotated bibliography within a Google Doc (option 1)

Many of you will be familiar with the use of Google Doc. For those who are not, the following video provides a very simple and quick explanation.

We have set up a Google Doc.

The activity has two short stages. You can go on to stage two as soon as you and at least one other person have done stage one.

Your task is to contribute one item to the bibliography and comment on two items contributed by other people. That is you should:

Stage 1

Stage 2

This Google Doc can then be used throughout the course as a place for everyone to collect together resources for the course.

Reference management software (option 2)

Reference management software is a serious consideration for your work within higher education. This invaluable process enables you to store, catalogue and build your own academic resources. In addition you can selectively share items with colleagues and students for distributed and collaborative teaching and research practices.

We are suggesting a use of one of the following as an alternative option (or in addition to) the annotated bibliography within the WIKI in order to carry out the above acitivity.

If you choose to use a social citation tool then make sure that you use the tag #fslt15 for your contributed resources.

A note about Google accounts

Comments in Google Docs will be anonymous unless people are signed in to a Google account. This document is fully public so anyone with the link can edit it anonymously without being signed in. This is the easiest - most pragmatic - thing to do for an open access course. You do not need to be signed in to edit the document. But, of course if you are not signed into a Google account, you will not be automatically recognised.