For an academic audience, an engaging website is one that encourages exploration and challenges unquestioned positions. This opens space for a re-evaluation of familiar teaching positions in the recognisable context of practice at Nottingham.
Using respectful engagement as a guiding principle for online resource design produces websites that are non-trivial and conversational rather than prescriptive.
"PESL is Nottingham University's highly engaging teaching and learning website. There are practical case studies on a range of different learning & teaching methods and lots of short video clips on subjects such as ‘Managing noise in the lecture room’ & ‘Using visual aids.’"
HE Academy Subject Centre for English
Engaging with website visitors
- Resource display: the PESL model eschews a default archival cul-de-sac arrangement in favour of one that facilitates exploration.
- Screen environment: thought-provoking online spaces offer connections and resources where topics of relevance are explored in depth.
- Video resources: the constructed realness of lecture footage, contextualised by interview, gives powerful insights into practice.
- Resource production: collection and editing foregrounds connections with common teaching concerns and highlights transferable elements of practice.
- Creating content: website activity by staff on campus is represented in the "most-viewed" and "also-viewed" resource lists.
Engaging with project contributors
- The academic Editorial Board steered the collection and ensure quality of content.
- Guest Editors selected resources that resonated with their teaching concerns.
- Project advisory panels put teaching concerns at the heart of new developments.
- Networks of resource contributors discuss customary and progressive teaching philosophies across Schools.