Midlands Philosophy Research Training Network
Birmingham, Birmingham City, Keele, Staffordshire, Warwick
Event 2: Teaching and Curriculum Design Workshop
Birmingham City University, 2 December 2009
REPORT ON FEEDBACK
Attendance: 7 PhD students (BCU: 1, Birmingham: 2, Warwick: 4)
Quantitative questionnaire scores (averages, marked out of 5):
Running seminars and lecturing to a large class: 4.6
Curriculum development: 4.7
Designing a whole module: 4.7
Content of the workshop: 4.7
Presentation of the workshop: 4.6
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
All the participants except one said they were ‘very they approach their PhD/professional development activities as a result of the workshop.
Some comments from participants:
• “Really focused on philosophy- lots of detailed knowledge.”
• “The curriculum design discussion was particularly illuminating.”
Suggestions for improvement/additions from participants:
• “Even more focus on specific philosophy centred work.”
• “Some time set aside to have a go at designing modules.”
• “A ward a certificate of attendance.”
Comments from workshop presenter:
Dr David Mossley (Manager of the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies) delivered the first session which was well received.
There was lively discussion and participants felt that they had gained a great deal from the day as a whole. Several of them remarked that the workshops met a real need from both students and departments that was not wholly satisfied by the generic training usually offered to doctoral students. Everyone who has participated in the workshops thought that they will gain much from the network in terms of professional development, networking and information.
The comments about practical activities and working through a module in detail are useful. Time constraints impose selectivity on what material can be covered but it should be possible to incorporate both these suggestions in future deliveries of the workshop.
It is worth considering introducing a certificate of attendance.