#LTHEChat: Managing Negative Use of Social Media and Cyberbullying

This Wednesday, at 8pm (GMT), join the #LTHEChat conversation on Twitter as we discuss the topic of "managing negative use of social media and cyberbullying".. a topic that pretty much everyone I meet has an opinion on. Read the introduction to the topic (and after the event, the collected storify) on #LTHEChat. This was the most difficult chapter to write for Raising Children in a Digital Age, as there are no easy answers to what is perceived to…

[WEBINAR] What are undergraduate students telling us this year about their learning and teaching experiences?

Introduced by Helen May, HEA https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/workstreams-research/research-and-policy https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/research/surveys https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/research/surveys/ukes-uk-engagement-survey/take-part-ukes Presentation by Jason Leman https://handouts-live.s3.amazonaws.com/293fba2d124a403da0d35e9703389223?sessionId=2586471732310502412&participantId=200009 Application of methods not really changing so it’s a change in perception Confidence in asking questions, language barriers – expect less questions in STEM subjects Staff accessibility is important, identity other routes of communication, e.g. email, especially regarding language fluency. Not just about fluency but about cultural factors (especially feeling that they can question the tutor’s judgement). How do we encourage students that…

Fears for the Humanities in British Universities.

Interesting article in the Guardian this weekend - always lots to think about when we think about the purpose of the humanities and/or the way it is funded: Currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities – arts, languages and social sciences – which have suffered swingeing funding cuts and been ignored by a government bent on promoting the modish, revenue-generating Stem (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects. The liberal education which seeks…

Traditional Lecturers replaced by Online Mentors?

I'm not sure if the following is dystopian or utopian... I really hope that universities still value the skills of their staff and reward appropriately - and recognise what works online and what doesn't: Traditional lecturers may soon be replaced by networks of online mentors working for several universities, a new study predicts. In the report, titled Horizon Scanning: What will higher education look like in 2020?, the Observatory on Borderless Education suggests that academic staff…

Large Class Sizes Affecting NSS/Assessment Grades?

Professor Graham Gibbs, who I worked with whilst working on the FASTECH project at Winchester - writing a series of pieces for Times Higher Education - this one on class sizes - worth reading: Average school class sizes are used in international league tables as indicators of national commitment to education. And school classes of a similar size to those in UK higher education are rarely found outside developing countries. The effects of class size are…
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