London Interdisciplinary School ©2019

Studying at LIS

Extraordinary Teaching

What do we mean when we say “extraordinary teaching”? We mean that we’ve bought together a diverse and outstanding group of academics, entrepreneurs and educationalists. We mean that our teaching methods are based in the best-proven pedagogical methods. And we mean that the entire LIS team is dedicated to providing our students with a transformational learning experience.

At the helm of this learning experience is Carl, our Director of Teaching and Learning. Working alongside him are members of the LIS founding faculty, who boast collective expertise across a wide variety of disciplines, including (but certainly not limited to):
STEM: Biology, biochemistry, coding, complexity science, computational linguistics, computer science, data science, epidemiology, machine learning, mathematics, and network science
Arts & humanities: Art, critical theory, cultural studies, design, discourse analysis, history of ideas, literature, medical humanities, and philosophy
Social science: Development studies, education, geopolitics, methodology, political science, policy, psychology, sociology, and sustainability

Meet the team

Excellent student-to-faculty ratios

We will have around ten students per member of faculty.

Our students will learn through a variety of different mediums

Teaching and learning will take place in the classroom, online, and in field settings.

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How you'll learn

You’ll learn in a variety of ways at LIS, including:

Tutorials
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Tutorials either take place one-to-one or in small groups. They are less formal than lectures, highly interactive, and academically rigorous.

Seminars
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Seminars bring together small groups of students to hone in on a particular topic. During seminars, students might review case studies, journal articles, and other relevant literature, or explore exercises such as problem structuring (e.g. actor-network diagrams and 'issue trees').

Lectures
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During lectures, faculty will introduce students (usually in larger groups) to the central theories or debates on a particular topic. For example, the lecturer may set out a new threshold concept or mental model, ready for further discussion in tutorials and seminars.

Flipped lectures
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Flipped lectures are when students absorb materials in advance, before coming to class ready for face-to-face discussions on the topic. This is an intentional flip to student-centred learning, granting students greater control over the flow of conversation.

Panel Discussions
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Panels consist of a few students (or teachers) presenting to an audience. Panelists will present facts and opinions to the room, before responding to audience questions during a follow up Q&A.

Masterclasses
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Masterclasses are given by external experts on particular topics. Students may be asked to prepare a piece of work in advance, ready for the expert to provide feedback. At LIS, masterclasses may also involve interaction with the knowledge and digital economies (e.g. with industry leaders).

Workshops
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Workshops entail working in small groups to produce something such as a piece of artwork, report, or a presentation. Workshops are great environments for students to try out new methods and fail in safe situations.

Crits
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During crits, students will present their work to peers and teachers, receiving instant and public feedback. These sorts of reviews are valuable learning experiences, and brilliant preparation for the world of work.

How we'll assess you

At LIS, our students won't spend their summer terms in exam halls, writing lengthy essays for hours on end. Instead, our interdisciplinary programme will make use of a variety of assessment methods. These assessments will be fair, engaging, and varied - reflecting the kinds of outputs you would be expected to produce throughout a professional career. Assessments could include...

Presenting group projects to a real audience

Conducting individual research projects

Creating videos and podcasts

Designing a publicity campaign

Completing short, interactive quizzes