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No Alarms and No Surprises

Garden, Claire



In this presentation I will outline a number of case studies where I have learned from working with students from different learning backgrounds to develop my teaching ethos of ‘no alarms and no surprises’. I address the accessibility of ‘surprise’ through reflecting on the experience of assessing, lecturing and exploring active learning approaches such as LEGO Serious Play and Problem-based Learning with a diverse student demographic. For example, I will examine the ‘reasonable adjustments’ for a written assessment in a first-year module for a blind student and how that led to my setting a precedent at the university for an alternative assessment for a research student with dyslexia and ask ‘what is the point of lectures and exams?


Garden, C. (2019, June). No Alarms and No Surprises. Presented at Learning and Teaching Conference, Edinburgh

Presentation Conference Type Keynote
Conference Name Learning and Teaching Conference
Conference Location Edinburgh
Start Date Jun 20, 2019
End Date Jun 20, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 29, 2021
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