Speaking Up Required in Higher Education…

A really interesting piece about the place of 'introverts' in higher education where action learning means not speaking up is no longer an option: However, university students are no longer allowed to be shy. “Active learning” has become a modern mantra. Students must ask questions, express opinions, lead oral presentations and participate enthusiastically in community projects. To collaborate is sacrosanct. Passivity, on the other hand, is considered the enemy of learning. They must be vocal, expressive and…

Group Work: Not Pulling Your Weight?

I'm really interested in group dynamics (see mini project undertaken as part of PGCLTHE), so an interesting case study here: “Academically ambitious students contribute to moving the average up – unenthusiastic students and shirkers do just the opposite,” he added. Indeed, some hard-working students may even defect to “the dark side” of the slackers if they saw their classmates getting away with minimal effort, he continued. To combat this problem, students were offered the chance…