Student Centred Learning

I particularly like this diagram, found in one of Malcolm Murray’s presentations for Durham University:   See full presentation, and a useful definition of ‘Student Centred Learning’ here: The term student-centered learning refers to a wide variety of educational programs,learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students. To accomplish this goal, schools, teachers, guidance counselors, and other educational Continue Reading →

Generational Reactions to Technology?

I’m no great believer in the idea that people are limited/automatically skilled by age… but it is about age/learning/what you are exposed to. CODEC have purchased a set of Google Glass, so I was interested to see this video, as I’ll suspect I’ll react quite similarly as I try and get used to it (as Pete did in #MediaLit14) – and these guys raise some great questions about the why/how: and for a bit of Continue Reading →

Postgraduates: All about employability?

Interesting… I studied what I studied (although it was by research, rather than taught) because I was interested, and when following interest – more interesting opportunities open up: “I feel guilty for finding it all so interesting,” a student on a taught master’s in history told me recently. My surprise must have been palpable because she went on to explain: “It’s just with the expense of it all, you have to tell people you’re doing Continue Reading →

Teaching of Value?

Teaching is the lifeblood/energy so far as I’m concerned in universities (hence why I was promoted to Senior Fellow in Learning and Teaching in my last job), so this is quite disappointing: Amid concerns that promotion in the sector is too heavily based on research excellence, the report, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy, found that just 28.4 per cent of academics have been rewarded by their institutions for their commitment to teaching or student support. Continue Reading →

More hands-on learning please?

Calling for more action-based learning, including app-creation?: Universities have failed to react to changes in the labour market that render some traditional business teaching methods defunct, according to an expert in entrepreneurship. That is the view of Colin Mason, professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, who said that a more hands-on approach to teaching entrepreneurship was required to prepare students for “the new world of work”, which is increasingly reliant on the self-employed Continue Reading →

#LoveHE Award

Encouraging to see recognition of good teaching & learning (rather than just research): Colleagues laud devotion to duty in our #loveHE competition to find sector stars. John Elmes writes A tutor technician with an “outstanding” work ethic who has successfully bridged the gap between two key university roles has been named the winner of the Times Higher Education #loveHE Unsung Hero Twitter competition. Jonathan Hunt, who works on the University for the Creative Arts’ BA in animation, was Continue Reading →

The History Boys and Girls #timeshighered

An interesting article here. I definitely think that students are not all fully appreciative of the opportunities they get, and many could do more, but is there too much of a glut of universal education? o one expects anything comparable to happen now. Most schoolchildren in the UK and the US show – if we admit the facts frankly and interpret the exam results objectively – little appreciation of their opportunities. Typically, they emerge from school Continue Reading →