Ellis Saxey

Structuring learning differently

In this post, the Teaching and Learning Centre’s Dr Ellis Saxey considers how the structure of a course can impact on student learning.

When I taught undergraduate students, at the end of my seminars, one of my departing students would often say goodbye, and add: ‘I didn’t do the reading for this week, but I will now – it sounds […]

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Learning through Humour

In our first post of the new year, the Teaching and Learning Centre’s Dr Ellis Saxey considers the use of humour in learning and how memes can be used to explore and communicate complex theories and concepts in the classroom.

Humour in teaching is a double-edged sword. I like to use simple humour – exaggeration and hyperbole – to emphasise […]

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Getting more from whole-class discussions

In this post, the Teaching and Learning Centre’s Dr Ellis Saxey shares tips on encouraging students to speak up in seminars and make whole-group questioning rewarding for students and teachers.

Whole-group discussion, with prompting questions from a teacher, is a staple of teaching in Higher Education.

When it works well, and students contribute and participate, it’s invigorating. You can hear students […]

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    LSE GROUPS at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research

LSE GROUPS at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research

As recruitment for the next LSE GROUPS session opens, the Teaching and Learning Centre’s Dr Ellis Saxey shares insights into the experiences of two LSE GROUPS participants who had the chance to present their research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research earlier this year.

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) is a unique occasion: a showcase for the […]

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Games and Learning

In this post, the Teaching and Learning Centre’s Dr Ellis Saxey explores how games can be used to enhance learning in the classroom, sharing the example of how LSE Fellow Andrea Pia’s game ‘The Long Day of Young Peng’ has helped students see connections across course topics.

Games can be powerful learning tools. As simulations they can offer insights; as […]

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