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Changing the conversation: Changing the conversation: a toolkit for embedding coaching within your curriculum -- 256 -- Workshop

11:30 - 12:30 on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 in 3.204

The JISC-funded PC3 project has been exploring how to embed coaching practice within the curriculum over the last three and a half years. This has resulted in a wealth of experience, a range of open educational resources and several case studies highlighting the benefits of using a coaching approach. These case studies include: individual students expressing the way coaching practice has changed the way they think and view their learning process; coaching embedded within PDP (personal development planning) across multiple years using various technologies to support peer coaching; the use of audio and video conferencing to enable distance coaching. These case studies and a range of resources have been gathered together in an online toolkit designed to enable individuals, staff or students, module teams and institutions to consider how to embed the benefits of coaching within their lives and environments.

The first part of this workshop aims to introduce participants to the coaching toolkit by giving them first-hand experience of a number of coaching techniques to change the conversation within the classroom. Through a series of coaching activities they will be able to build better rapport, ask insightful questions and gain self-awareness of their teaching practice. All these techniques have been used within workshops at Leeds Metropolitan University across student year groups and with teaching staff. These activities and the resources to support them are available within the coaching toolkit for individuals to use with a minimum of coaching experience.

A number of technologies have been used within the case studies to enable and promote coaching. These include: Facebook to support peer coaching; student-produced podcasts to promote their experiences to other students; and Skype to support distance coaching. The second part of this workshop will focus on reflection and discussion. Participants will be asked consider these technologies and the coaching they have experienced within the workshop. Asking the question: what can they take from this experience into their own teaching environments?

This session is likely to be of interest to practitioners looking for activities for increasing student ownership, engagement and self-awareness in a sustainable way. The intended outcomes for this workshop are for participants to be introduced to the coaching toolkit and give feedback on its potential; to experience and practice some coaching techniques; to discuss the various ways that technology has supported and can support the use of coaching practice within education.