Newsletter: Issue 11

Teaching library

November 2006

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  • Director’s Foreword
    Ben Knights, Director, English Subject Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • To think of yourself as the teacher
    The English Subject Centre’s Academic co-ordinator Nicole King interviews Elaine Showalter
  • Employability and Creative Writing
    There is good news about employability and creative writing but why doesn’t anyone know about it? asks Mimi Thebo, Artswork Senior Teaching Fellow, at Bath Spa University.
  • New Media, New Practices: Collaboration and team-building in e-learning
    Gail Ashton, Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester, evaluates the changing role and identity of the academic as more and more of our work becomes integrated with new technologies. She argues for a greater focus on the theory and praxis of new media.
  • E-Learning Touches Base in English Studies
    Brett Lucas (English Subject Centre) recounts how the English Subject Centre and six English Departments are ‘growing their own’ e-learning specialists and changing how we teach our subject in the process.
  • Module Handbooks and Audit Culture
    Exploring the production of module handbooks, a research project by Cris Yelland, University of Teesside, uncovers some surprising facts about how students regard them.
  • The Arts and Humanities Data Service: Keeping the digital past for the future
    Did you know that you can access a central archive of free literary and linguistic resources for UK Higher Education? That you can deposit your resources there, and take advantage of a free archiving and long-term preservation service? And you can get free help and advice on the creation of electronic resources for use in your research? Plus you can get free advice on preparing technical aspects of AHRC research grant proposals? Dr. James Cummings of AHDS Literature Languages and Linguistics explains.
The Student Experience
  • U210 The English Language: Past, Present and Future
    As announced in our last issue, Open University student Rachel Davies won first place and £250 in prize money for the English Subject Centre competition on the set topic, How does your experience of your course compare with any expectations you may have had? We are delighted to now publish her essay in this issue, followed by that of runner-up, Michael Aiken.
  • Tackling Coleridge
    Michael Aicken of the Open University came second out of sixteen entrants in our student essay competition for his essay on the set topic, How does your experience of your course compare with any expectations you may have had?
Book Reviews
  • In the classroom: perspectives on women writers and teaching practice – Andrew Maunder
  • Debating Creativity: Literature, Language, Theory and Practice – Emily Horton
News & Reports
  • The Sound of English
    Ros King, Professor of English, University of Southampton reports on a one-day event held at the British Library on 26 April, 2006.
  • Teaching Medieval Romance
    Dr Raluca Radulescu, (Lecturer, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Wales, Bangor) and Dr Roger Dalrymple (Senior Lecturer, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College) report on an event held last May in Bangor and provide details of a new network and plans for online materials.
  • IT Works!
    Brett Lucas, Learning Technology Officer and Website Developer at the English Subject Centre, gives his regular roundup of teaching-related developments in IT.