Specialism Based Learning – Podcast S02 E03

Sussex TEL: Teaching with Tech S02 E03 – Specialism Based Learning with Professor Lynne Murphy

In this episode, we focus on how to train learners as researchers by making them specialists on a sub-topic within their discipline. This approach is simple but effective. Start by dividing aspects of the subject you are teaching into sub-topics or research areas. Each student is assigned one of these to pursue as a personal research project throughout the module, compiling a portfolio of their reflections and findings along the way. Their final portfolio submission demonstrates an application of the general content studied (common to all students) to their specific research area (unique to them).

Tab Betts talks to Professor Lynne Murphy (Linguistics, University of Sussex) and Dr. Paolo Oprandi (Senior Learning Technologist, University of Sussex). Lynne has recently published a book, entitled The Prodigal Tongue, which explores the love-hate relationship between British and American English. Paolo has recently joined our team in Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Sussex, after working as an E-learning Developer in IT Services.


Professor Lynne Murphy
– Lynne Murphy at the University of Sussex (www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/115259)
– Lynne Murphy on Twitter (twitter.com/lynneguist)
– Lynne Murphy’s latest book: The Prodigal Tongue (theprodigaltongue.com/)
– Lynne Murphy’s Blog: Separated by a Common Language (separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.co.uk/)

Dr. Paolo Oprandi
– Paolo Oprandi at the University of Sussex (www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/125778)
– Paolo Oprandi on Twitter (twitter.com/paolo_oprandi)

Canvas Training

Places are filling up fast on our Canvas Fundamentals training workshops. We strongly encourage all Sussex academic staff to sign up for a place. Attending the workshop will familiarise you with Canvas and your options for teaching with the new VLE. It also gives you access to your migrated modules from 17/18.

Professional Services staff are also welcome to book a place on this workshop.

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