Colleen McKenna

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    Hearing Voices: introducing the spoken voice into assessment and learning

Hearing Voices: introducing the spoken voice into assessment and learning

by Dr Colleen McKenna
Speak the speech, I pray you … trippingly on the tongue           
Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2
Recently, Maria Bach (an academic in the Economics department at the American University of Paris and a participant on the LSE PGCertHE) produced a podcast as an assignment. We had negotiated this as an alternative to a written piece, and it […]

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Writing for Learning

by Dr Colleen McKenna

[…]

Studying inventions fine her wits to entertain, 

Oft turning others’ leaves, to see if thence would flow 

Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sunburn’d brain. 

But words came halting forth, wanting invention’s stay; 

Invention, Nature’s child, fled step-dame Study’s blows; 

And others’ feet still seem’d but strangers in my way. 

Thus great with child to speak and helpless in my throes, 

Biting […]

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Academic writing exercises to promote thinking and learning

by Dr Colleen McKenna

 
I rhyme to see myself,

To set the darkness echoing
‘Personal Helicon’, Seamus Heaney
In his poem, Personal Helicon, Seamus Heaney explores the power of writing – in this case poetry- as a means of making sense of one’s experiences in a wider world. For Heaney, writing is about developing a sense of self – listening to others’ ‘echoes’ […]

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    Diversifying the Curriculum – recent developments and current projects at LSE

Diversifying the Curriculum – recent developments and current projects at LSE

In this post, Dr Colleen McKenna from the Teaching and Learning Centre reflects on recent conversations about diversifying aspects of the curriculum across the School.
These are outsiders, always. These stars—
these iron inklings of an Irish January,
whose light happened
thousands of years before
our pain did; they are, they have always been
outside history… (Eavan Boland ‘Outside History’ ll. 1-6)
A recurring motif in […]

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    Hearing student views through focus groups: creating spaces for dialogue

Hearing student views through focus groups: creating spaces for dialogue

In this post, the Teaching and Learning Centre’s Dr Colleen McKenna discusses the use of focus groups in higher education.

Recent work in academic development and higher education research has focused on the importance of the inclusion of the student voice in the evaluation and development of institutional practices. Engaging in semi-structured group conversations can be a powerful means of […]

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