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No. 81: NAWE Writing in Education

Editorial by Lisa Koning 

Welcome to Writing in Education edition 81. It’s called our Summer edition because it was warm and sunny when we were writing our contributions and preparing the magazine  -  although I fear when it arrives on your online doorsteps, we’ll be heading into Autumn (in the UK at least).

What a strange summer 2020 has delivered us. As I prepare this edition, I am also getting ready for teaching in the new semester. With a background in IT, I’m certainly no stranger to technology, yet the concept of remote lectures and a hybrid of online and in-classroom teaching, has still raised challenges. Perhaps my experience in technology-based subjects has helped prepare me; well, I would like to think so - or maybe it’s just made me more aware of the likely hurdles ahead. I do know that getting systems and software working are just a small part of implementing any new process - of far greater importance is people. Students, their learning experience and their engagement must surely remain our focus as educators.  

A friend recently emailed me with some good advice. She reminded me that all the things you can get away with ‘live’ (like losing your thread) are harder when you are recording yourself, but that essentially you have to just do it ‘as live’  and make a few mistakes and not worry about it! Wise words and ones that I shall continue to remind myself of as I take yet another recording of a lecture.  I remain optimistic about the term ahead and look forward to teaching, if in different ways. As a lecturer who typically likes to walk around the room - a lot, being constrained to the front will be interesting. And not having the ability to get students to sit around in workshopping circles to share their work, is something I will miss. Still, it is a new world and we must all be brave.

I very much enjoyed reading the submissions for this edition, and how helpful they have been. It was reassuring to read Sam Meekings' article on his experiences teaching online and to realise that we’re all facing similar challenges. And what great advice and tips from Jane Pugh, Francis Gilbert and Matthew Tett on their lockdown experiences. But I’m sure, like many of our readers, as the weeks and months of lockdown (or semi-lockdown) drag on, I welcome a break from Covid-19. I particularly enjoyed Elen Caldecott’s exercise, a Writer’s Mixing Desk, and I hope we can continue to share ideas for writing exercises in future editions. I’m also delighted at the numerous global contributions we have in this edition, including an article on creative writing and the Indian Education System, as well as the experiences of a Creative Writing Research Group in Brazil.

Lisa


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