Erik Blair

Student engagement
Queen Mary University of London, UK

Dr Erik Blair is Senior Lecturer in Health Professions Education Institute for Health Sciences Education Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London, UK. He has been an educator for over 20 years and has taught in universities in the UK and overseas, and is passionate about enhancing engagement and interaction within the teaching and learning environment. Erik was born in 1970 in Scotland. Being rather bright but easily distracted he didn’t quite do as well at school as his mother would have liked. So, he left school to work in a factory. Luckily, he was sacked from that job and made the sensible decision to go back to college and resit his exams. Success in his exams led to him studying at the University of Dundee (1993-1997) then doing a postgraduate certificate in education at the University of Sussex (1997-1998). He then worked for a number of years as a high school teacher in Essex before clawing his way up into Further and then Higher Education.

Books
Blair, E. (2020) Independent Thinking on Teaching in Higher Education, Crown House Publishing: UK : https://www.crownhouse.co.uk/publications/independent-thinking-on-teaching-in-higher-education

Blair, E., Watson, D. & Raturi, S. (Eds.) (2020) Graduate Research Supervision in the Developing World: Policies, Pedagogies, and Practices, Routledge: Oxon UK : https://www.routledge.com/Graduate-Research-Supervision-in-the-Developing-World-Policies-Pedagogies/Blair-Watson-Raturi/p/book/9780367243968

Watson, D. & Blair, E. (2018) Re-imagining Graduate Supervision in Developing Contexts, Routledge: New York : https://www.routledge.com/Reimagining-Graduate-Supervision-in-Developing-Contexts-A-Focus-on-Regional/Watson-Blair/p/book/9781138295315

Develop your teaching with Erik Blair
Classroom Engagement – 8 Step Model
Classroom Engagement - 8 Step Model
by Erik Blair
Classroom tasks become meaningful when - students can relate to them, review them and reflect on their experience. A stepwise approach for class activities can make students more engaged while also providing them with an opportunity to review what they have learned.
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Introduction to Person-Centred Education
Introduction to Person-Centred Education
by Erik Blair
Person-centred education asks what the educator can do to best support the needs of all students, by placing their unique intersectional identities at the centre of the learning experience.
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An Overview of Classroom Engagement
An Overview of Classroom Engagement
by Erik Blair
Classroom engagement centres on building positive interactions between students and learning activities, their fellow students, and educators.
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Student Voice in Learning Review and Feedback
Student Voice in Learning Review and Feedback
by Erik Blair
Today’s classroom needs are far from the generalising concept and are focussing on the specific learning needs of students. A simple activity to better understand these needs in a diverse class, can help you to design and implement appropriate teaching strategies.
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Introduction to Reflection-Based Activities for Students
Introduction to Reflection-Based Activities for Students
by Erik Blair
Reflection-based activities help students to understand themselves as learners – focussing on how they learn rather than what they have learned.
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