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Teaching and Learning Network
Welcome to the Teaching & Learning Network!
The Teaching and Learning Network is a community of practice for academics and higher education teachers, where best practice can be recognised, scholarship and research disseminated, and university teaching supported.
Building on over a decade of work as a PSA Specialist Group, the remit of the Network is:
- To enable all politics academics/HE teachers to share the good and innovative practices that they have developed, within a community of practice
- To support the production and dissemination of research and scholarship relating to the teaching and learning of politics
- To support the PSA in contributing to policy relating to HE matters, including the TEF
- To support early career academics in developing their practice as university teachers
- To support the development of politics students as critical and independent learners, able to contribute to economic, social, and political wellbeing as active citizens.
All academic and ECN PSA members have the opportunity to be affiliated to the Network so, if you haven’t done so already, please log into your PSA membership account and sign up!
2021 PSA Award winner!
We are delighted to win the Special Recognition Award from the PSA for extraordinary contribution to the profession over the last year, awarded during the PSA Annual Conference. Thank you PSA!
We want to hear from you!
It would be great to get some feedback from members about what you would like the Network to focus on. We are open to all suggestions, whether that’s workshops, conferences and events we could run or be involved in, publication/article/blog ideas, professional development/training opportunities, or anything else under our wide remit. Get in touch via PSATeach@psa.ac.uk.
Blog writers wanted: do you have something to say about teaching and learning in politics and international studies? If so, why not write a blog for us. We are happy to publish content about best practice, scholarship, or your general thoughts about teaching and learning in the discipline. Contact us at PSATeach@psa.ac.uk with your idea.
Fancy running a webinar for us on teaching and learning in politics? You know what to do: contact us at PSATeach@psa.ac.uk!.
PSA External Examiner Database
The PSA Teaching and Learning Network is coordinating an external examiners database, exclusively available as a benefit of PSA membership. If you aren’t yet a member, do consider joining as you will be will be able to both request a copy of the database and access the wide range of other membership benefits.
PSA members are encouraged to register their details in the database, and can do so by completing this short form.
The International Political Education Database (IPED)
The International Political Education Database (IPED), curated by Network Co-Chair John Craig, is a historic bibliographic database of journal articles relating to teaching and learning in politics, international relations, public administration and related fields. It aims to raise the profile of existing publications to encourage further research and enhancements to student learning.
We believe that IPED is the world's most comprehensive bibliographic database of teaching and learning resources for politics. NOTE: last updated 2018.
The webinar series took place in the winter of 2020 and early spring of 2021. This webinar series focused on general teaching and learning issues, not just online learning!
The following webinars were held:
- 'Let's use technology meaningfully: Designing engaging online learning activities' by Alexandra Mihai (UCL)
- 'Teaching and Learning: the Student Perspective' led by Maxine David (Leiden University)
- 'External Examining in Politics: Rigour and Inclusion' led by Helen Williams (University of Nottingham)
- 'Active Learning' led by Cristina Leston Bandeira (University of Leeds)
- 'The Things we Gained During Lockdown. What we Won’t Miss and What we Should Incorporate Into our Teaching in the Longer Term' led by Victoria Honeyman (Leeds University).
You can find the recordings here: /resources/multimedia
View our webinars
As a special thanks to our PSA Members, we are offering you a certificate of participation if you have attended at least three of our teaching and learning webinars (from any series) to assist you in your professional development. If you would like to request this certificate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view our webinars on the PSA's YouTube Channel including our most recent series:
- Panic! At the work placement by Pete Woodcock:
- Flipping the COVID-19 Classroom by Adrian Millican and Thomas Robinson:
- Getting Political Philosophy Students to Argue for Themselves: Methods, Experiments, and Teaching Without Preaching by Jonathan Floyd:
- Betrayal / Forgiveness: Sneaking quantitative methods into substantive teaching and assessment in Politics and International Relations by Kathrin Thomas & Adrian Millican:
- What can YouTuber’s teach us about creating engaging content? By Liam McLoughlin:
- Academic freedom in a virtual classroom: Learning and teaching ‘controversial’ topics by Sarah Liu:
You can find details of our events, and access links to resources here.