The organic workshop

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsWorkshopTeaching


As Learning Developers, going into teaching sessions can be problematic, we do not always know the make up of the rooms, the students abilities. We are going off information provided by the tutor, while this is useful, it does not always give us a clear idea of the needs of the students. With ‘organic’ teaching, a topic/ skill has been identified by their tutor and then the session is adapted to the needs of the students in the room during the session. The workshop becomes student led and tailored, for example if academic writing a statement is given, students then post their initials reactions in a sentence. These are posted anonymously to the in-class screens, the structure of the sentences then leads organically to the next part, the learning developer takes these as prompts. Parallel to this there are post it notes on each table so students can ask any question about any skill, these are collected throughout the session and fed in to the teaching. Organic sessions help address the issue of Learning Developers being brought into teach skill C when actually A ad B need to be taught first or for the more advanced students they can moved onto D,E.
Period9 Apr 2020
Held atAssociation of Learning Development in Higher Education, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Learning Development,
  • academic skills