Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

The University of Sheffield hosted a day conference on the frameworks and practice of interdisciplinary learning and teaching. The day was packed with interesting speakers and case presentations of different interdisciplinary learning and teaching initiatives. The day was opened by Professor Catherine Lyall, from Edinburgh University, who presented some of the results of her recent HEA commissioned study on interdisciplinary educational provision in higher education.

My paper was a case study presentation of the third/fourth year Global Challenges course Lessons From History – ‘Using and Abusing TBL to Sow the Seeds of Interdisciplinarity’. I presented the original framework for Team Based Learning as defined by Larry Michelson and Michael Sweet, and then demonstrated how this might work in practice to achieve student-led interdisciplinary learning. The session was followed by a fruitful and lively discussion.

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