The Magic Booklet
– A Tool to Promote Deeper Discussion
Dr Louise Sheridan, Programme Leader/Senior Lecturer, School of Education
I wanted to share the Magic Booklet because it’s an excellent tool for group work that promotes discussion, compromise and creativity. It can be used to promote discussion about any topic at all and encourages students/participants to think deeper about the topic. It is useful to enable students/participants to discuss and think about the ‘so what’, ‘but why’ and ‘what if’ questions that relate to your topic.
To find out how to make the booklet, watch this SoTL ‘Christmas’ version (9 mins 29 seconds with the festive ‘Silent Night’ instructions).
Or, watch this for a shorter version (6 mins 15 seconds with full audio description)
Dr Matt Barr, School of Computing Science
Dr Vicki Dale, Academic and Digital Development
Dr Nathalie Tasler, Academic and Digital Development
Open Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – an opportunity to publish your scholarship Open Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (oSoTL) is an open access journal published by University of Glasgow colleagues Dr Nathalie Tasler, Dr Matthew Barr, and Dr Vicki Dale. Founded in 2021, we recently celebrated the publication of our second issue.
Our main reason for establishing this journal was that we felt too many journals inhibit publication due to overly strict rules for submissions that stifle innovation and experimentation.
Our ethos is to ensure that your voice is heard. We want to capture the rich contexts, experiences, and voices from colleagues across the sector. We encourage all types of writing, from more traditional educational inquiries, to working-out-loud papers and provocations.
While there is no disciplinary focus of the journal, we work with section editors who are teaching in all areas of higher education, and discipline-specific or themed special editions are welcome. Every published article is allocated a persistent DOI, and the journal is indexed by Google Scholar, Worldcat, and more.
It’s also worth noting that authors retain all rights to their work. Any version of a paper published in oSoTL may be deposited in an institutional or other repository of the author’s choice without embargo. In fact, we encourage this!
We accept submissions from any institution, and our approach is to support authors to ensure their published work is as good as it can be. Our peer review process is entirely open – authors know who has reviewed their work, and vice versa. This arrangement encourages collegiality, and often leads to reviewers offering to help authors with their revisions.