Dr Damien Mansell

Winner for Innovative Teaching

Student engagement

Name Dr Damien Mansell
Email

D.T.Mansell@exeter.ac.uk

Position

Lecturer in Physical Geography

College College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Modules GEO2320, GEO2321, GEO3220

Surface tables and flipping the classroom   

“In my teaching, I aim to adapt emerging pedagogies and enhance the student experience through technology enabled learning. One of the ways I do this is to utilise the University of Exeter’s surface tables, which offer multi-user capability, so I can set my students collaborative and group learning projects in a computer environment. One of the other ways I adopt technology is by applying [a] ‘flipping the classroom’ pedagogy, whereby the learning takes place before the class using material that I have prepared such as a video, some reading, [or] a web application, and then I use the formal contact hours to get my students to engage in a discussion, maybe a test, [or] a seminar. The students apply their knowledge and also I can provide them feedback within that learning session.”

Aim 1: Talented, Active, Engaged Students
To increase levels of proactive student engagement with their academic studies

What students say

  • “Always enthusiastic, passionate, approachable, encouraging...the list goes on”
  • “Passionate, caring about his students, and encourages you to get really involved in the topic” 

Using surface tables

"I aim to adapt emerging pedagogies and enhance the student experience through technology enabled learning".

+ELE page for GEO3220

A series of course materials for The Cryosphere module

Weekly lesson aims

Extensive explanations for different assessment criteria

+ELE page for GEO2320

A series of course materials for The Applied GIS for Physical Geographers module

Weekly lesson aims

Extensive explanations for different assessment criteria