Pedagogy Matters podcasts

The podcast series shines a light on key aspects of pedagogy, breaking down what the key aspects of pedagogy are and how these can be realised in current practice, whether that be online delivery, face to face delivery, or a mixture of both.

A conversational format with professionals from the FE and college sector across the UK, sharing their views, experiences and insights across different elements of pedagogy, what it means to them and how they can be integrated within daily practice.

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Recent Podcasts:

Topic Retrieval Practice
Guest Micky Riddell, Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Description Within this podcast, the topic of retrieval practice is discussed and examined. We look at what is meant by the term retrieval practice, how it links with our short and long term memory, the forgetting curve and how all of this information is relevant to lecturers working with students, in both a face to face and online world. The conversation culminates in a range of strategies that can be used with learners to practice retrieving information.
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Topic Building Effective Relationships
Guest Marc Steutel, Lead Assistant Coach GB Basketball, Curriculum Leader HE Sport
Description Within this podcast, we discuss all aspects relating to the building of effective relationships, especially throughout the pandemic. Relationships are vital from lecturer > lecturer, lecturer > student and student > student and the discussion explores different components which contribute to the effective building of relationships, given the current circumstances.
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Topic Assessment and Feedback
Guest Susannah Wilson, Curriculum Lead: National Programmes, Argyll College UHI
Description In Episode three with Susannah Wilson, Curriculum Lead: National Programmes at Argyll College UHI, we discuss assessment and feedback, with a clear focus on the purpose of making the feedback process impactful for students. Touching upon different aspects of recent research, the discussion focuses on the importance of the feedback process, ensuring there is sufficient time set aside for students to review feedback and make tangible changes to their practice.
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Topic Teaching as Social Action
Guest Jon Ridley, Vice-Principal and Executive Director of Higher Education, Newcastle College Group
Description In Episode 4 with Jon Ridley, Vice-Principal of Newcastle College, and Executive Director of Higher Education, NCG, we discuss the topic of teaching as social action vs. teaching as a transaction. The discussion focuses on some of the challenges faced when teaching online, underpinned by current research, along with suggestions for colleagues to consider. The episode also covers the range of ‘opportunities’ that have been presented to the sector to take this forward in future curriculum design.
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Topic Mentoring and how it can be used all aspects of education.
Guest Dr Gary Husband, University of Stirling, Lecturer in Professional Education and Leadership
Description In this episode, Dr Gary Husband, lecturer at the University of Stirling, talks about his research in mentoring, including fundamental principles applied in formal and informal settings. The discussion provides an insight into practices across the sector and tips/advice on ensuring that mentoring is effectively utilised.
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Topic Dual Coding – what is it all about?
Guest Oliver Cavigliol, Author, Dual Coding with teachers
Description In this episode, we speak to Oli Cavigliol, former headteacher and author of a number of books on visual teaching strategies including Dual Coding with teachers. The discussion focusses heavily around the concept of Dual Coding, what it is, how it can be used within teaching practice and the fundamental principles that Oli believes are key to ensure that it is effectively applied.
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Topic Action Research – what is it and how do I get involved  
Guest Christine Calder, Academic Development Lead, Dundee and Angus College
Description In this episode, we are joined by Christine Calder, Academic Development Lead at Dundee and Angus College. We discuss the topic of Action Research: what it is, what the benefits are to lecturers (both participating and reading) and most importantly, how it can be done. Christine also shares the great work that CAIRN (College Action Inquiry Research Network) is doing and how listeners can find out more about the publication released at the end of February.
Visit the CAIRN Journal website here.

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Topic Having difficult conversations 
Guest Sam Messam, Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching – University of Lincoln
Description In this episode, we speak to Sam Messam, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the University of Lincoln. The focus of the discussion is on how to have difficult conversations. We explore the fundamental principles to consider when having difficult conversations whether it be manager > lecturer, lecturer > lecturer or lecturer > student. Sam provides an array of top tips for listeners to reflect on and implement into future conversations.
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Topic The power of perspective – making every interaction count
Guest Dr. Edward Hal, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching, University of Northumbria
Description In this episode, we speak to Dr. Edward Hall, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Northumbria University. Ed shares some of the outcomes from his extensive work in coach education, elements of which are transferrable to teaching practice. Key bits of nourishment focus on principles that underpin effective reflections, approaching meetings/relationships as ‘interactions’ and the importance of making each of those interactions count.
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Topic Pedagogy Matters with Keith Smyth – Blended Learning
Guest Keith Smyth, Professor of Pedagogy, UHI
Description In this podcast, we speak to Keith Smyth, Professor of Pedagogy at the University of the Highlands and Islands. The topic of blended/hybrid learning is discussed, drawing upon the extensive knowledge and experience of Keith and his team across the UHI network. Keith shares views on the fundamental principles of blended/hybrid delivery, using a wide range of examples from pre-COVID delivery as well as how the last 14 months has affected delivery plans and methods. A very insightful conversation on a topic which is being discussed in every college across the UK at this point in time.
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Topic Pedagogy Matters with David Gourley – Creative and Engaging Learning Experiences
Guest David Gourley, Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Perth College UHI
Description In this podcast, we speak to David Gourley, Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at Perth College. The topic of discussion focusses around providing creative and engaging learning experiences in a post COVID era. David shares views on what this means in practice, the impact that this can have on students, and a range of considerations for lecturers when developing approaches in this area.
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Topic Pedagogy Matters with Anna Styles and Caroline Jarvis – Pedagogy of the Outdoor Classroom
Guest Anna Styles and Caroline Jarvis from West Lothian College
Description In this podcast, we speak to Anna Styles and Caroline Jarvis from West Lothian College. The conversation focusses around how the college has embraced Outdoor Learning, both in the curriculum area of Childhood Practice and Early Education as well as more broadly across the college. Anna and Caroline share information about the work, focussing on where the initial idea came from, how it was brought to life, how the rest of the college have embraced this and most importantly, the impact that his has had on students and staff. This was a great insight into some of the great work going on in one of our colleges.
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Topic Episode 13 Pedagogy Matters with Alan McLean – Emotional Pedagogy
Guest Alan McLean
Description Within this episode, we explore the topic of Emotional Pedagogy with Alan McLean. Alan draws upon his extensive experience in the education sector to unpick what is meant by the term emotional pedagogy and the impact that emotions can have on the learning experience, from both the perspective of lecturers and students. Alan explores different concepts such as the Compendium of Emotions and what is meant by the term Emotional Coaching. For further information and to find out more about the Emotional Ring and other resources Alan references in this episode, please visit the What Motivates Learning website.
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Topic Episode 14 Pedagogy Matters with Laura Watson and Katie Paget – Education for Sustainability
Guest Laura Watson and Katie Paget from Dundee and Angus College
Description In this episode we talk to Laura Watson and Katie Paget from Dundee and Angus College where the topic of ‘Education for sustainability’ is explored and unpicked. They share their perspectives on what is meant by the term, why they feel it is important, and how colleagues from across the sector can integrate conversations on this topic within their teaching practice to further educate students and raise awareness.
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Topic Episode 15: Leadership Matters with Grant Ritchie – Leadership Journey
Guest Grant Ritchie – former Principal at Dundee and Angus College and Fellow with CDN
Description A slight change to the format, we’re going to run 4 episodes entitled, ‘Leadership Matters’, exploring leadership from different perspectives. The first in the series introduces Grant Ritchie – former Principal at Dundee and Angus College and Fellow with CDN. During this podcast Grant discusses his leadership journey, what helped and hindered him on that journey, and what advice he would give to emerging leaders.
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Topic Episode 16: Leadership Matters with Anthony Willoughby – Territory Mapping
Guest Anthony Willoughby – author, explorer and founder of the Nomadic School of Business
Description The second epside of the Leadership Matters mini-series is with Anthony Willoughby. Anthony is an author, explorer and founder of the Nomadic School of Business. During this episode, we chat about what Anthony has learned about leadership from living and working with indigenous communities across the world. We discuss the importance of personal leadership and the collective first, as well as the visionary tool Anthony uses to help people understand their territories.
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Topic Episode 17: Leadership Matters with Janet Whitley – Collective Leadership
Guest Janet Whitley, Collective Leadership Lead at Scottish Government
Description The third epside of the Leadership Matters mini-series is with Janet Whitley, Collective Leadership Lead at Scottish Government. Janet discusses the work of Collective leadership Scotland, how they support partners and colleagues from across the public sector in the practice of collaboration and collective leadership and how leaders in the FE sector can become involved.
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Release Date Wednesday 28 July 2021
Topic Episode 18: Leadership Matters with Roddy Millar – Emerging Trends
Guest Roddy Millar – Founder and CEO of ideas for leaders, and Co-Founder of the Scottish Leadership Institute
Description The final epside of the Leadership Matters mini-series is with Roddy Millar – Founder and CEO of ideas for leaders, and Co-Founder of the Scottish Leadership Institute. Roddy discusses his work as a writer and publisher in the fields of executive education, management and leadership. Roddy works with international business schools and we will be exploring the emerging trends in leadership practice across the world.
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Release Date Wednesday 22 September 2021
Topic Episode 19: Pedagogy Matters with Walter Patterson – Digital Capability Research
Guest Walter Patterson, Lead Researcher
Description In this episode, we talk to Walter Patterson, Lead Researcher about the recently published Digital Capability: A Scottish Landscape Review report, which examines how colleges prioritised digital skills over the lockdown period. Walter shares with us the approaches taken to gather the research, key findings and an overview of the outputs
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Release Date Wednesday 6 October 2021
Topic Episode 20: Transformative Learning and Teaching

Guest Dr Lee Coutts – Associate Director of Postgraduate Research, Strathclyde Uni
Description Within this episode, we talk to Dr Lee Coutts around the topic of Transformative Learning and Teaching. Lee shares his perspective on what is meant by this topic, along with what it means in practice and how practitioners, curriculum areas and organisations more broadly can adopt some of the principles discussed. 
Listen Available Wednesday 6 October at 4pm
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