This Disciplinary Thinking Blogsite was initiated as part of a project to develop open educational resources (OERs) to support courses and events on learning and teaching in higher education. Many such programmes involve participants (academic staff) from a wide ranges of disciplines and so it’s usually necessary to present information in a generic way. The project aims to develop materials that can be used with a multi-disciplinary audience but that allow the exploration of individual subjects’ ways of thinking and practising.

Through her work in discipline-based educational development, the project manager was involved in a number of projects that explored the ways of thinking and practising in the Geosciences (the nature of Geoscience expertise). In this field it was argued that by elucidating the ways experts work then we will be better able to enhance the learning of novices. In addition, the recent interest in Threshold Concepts and the wealth of materials produced by professional bodies and the Higher Education Academy point the way to a strong desire for relevant, contextual, discipline-orientated academic development.

This blog provides news and information about the OER project as well as comment and discussion on the nature of subject expertise and the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education.

The project launched on the 6th of September 2012 with 43 resources, which are available here.

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