Ellis Saxey

Surprising students: when students exceed expectations

In today’s post, TLC’s Dr Ellis Saxey considers how preparing students well can help lead to outcomes far beyond a teacher’s original expectations.

One of the treats of teaching is when students exceed your expectations.

I recently wrote on this blog about the LSE GROUPS collaboration with Imperial College, where interdisciplinary and inter-institutional groups of students worked together on research projects […]


LSE GROUPS-Imperial Horizons student research conference

On 7th March, students taking part in the Lent Term collaboration between LSE’s GROUPS and Imperial College’s Horizons presented their finished projects. In this post, staff from the Teaching and Learning Centre reflect on how students from different institutions and different disciplines worked together to create original research.

How quickly can you carry out a valid, original research project? LSE […]

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    Heresy of the week part 1: is there a place for trigger or content warnings in HE?

Heresy of the week part 1: is there a place for trigger or content warnings in HE?

This week, two of the Teaching and Learning Centre’s Academic Developers consider the place of content warnings (also referred to as trigger warnings), in Higher Education. Today, Dr Ellis Saxey discusses their possible usefulness in reducing not academic difficulty, but those psychological challenges that students can face which don’t necessarily contribute to their ability to progress in their learning.

Content […]


Theatre Improvisation in teaching

The Teaching and Learning Centre’s Dr Ellis Saxey discusses the work that LSE Language Centre has been doing to gradually expand its use of improvisation techniques to teach languages.

A 2015-16 pilot, offered as part of the in-sessional English language programme, was oversubscribed and the student feedback was incredibly positive:
I can talk without fear.

Now I feel more confident, I know […]

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    Heresy of the Week 1: ‘Desirable difficulties’ in higher education

Heresy of the Week 1: ‘Desirable difficulties’ in higher education

In this, the first of our Heresy of the Week mini-series, Dr Ellis Saxey of LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre discusses Elizabeth Bjork’s and Robert Bjork’s work on ‘desirable difficulties’ and explains how making things hard for students – if the right things are chosen  – can be good for learning.

I’m experiencing a pedagogic quandary. Often, in my work […]


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