Planning assessment to promote academic integrity online

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 09:00
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Academic misconduct has increased around the globe since the onset of Covid-19, as recently reported in Times Higher Education.  

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Instructors can minimise the opportunity for academic misconduct through careful online assessment design. Sarah Eaton shares five approaches to online assessment that promote academic integrity
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Instructors can minimise the opportunity for academic misconduct through careful online assessment design. Sarah Eaton shares five approaches to online assessment that promote academic integrity

Engaging staff to drive sustainable change

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 23/02/2021 - 09:00
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Universities are, primarily, all about their people. We should worry about finances, of course, but medium- to long-term sustainability is really about individuals’ and teams’ effectiveness. Generally, university staff are skilled and capable, but if they feel disengaged, institutional sustainability is at risk.

Prior to the pandemic, I ran a workshop on engagement with senior university leaders. Due to Covid-19, all in higher education have faced many added pressures and challenges, but the key steps still apply:

Be clear why staff engagement is vital for sustainability

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Universities need buy-in from staff when implementing major change. Phil Collins talks about how to keep everyone engaged and invested in their work for long-term institutional success
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Universities need buy-in from staff when implementing major change. Phil Collins talks about how to keep everyone engaged and invested in their work for long-term success

How to offer students a rewarding university experience online

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 15/02/2021 - 09:00
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Successfully teaching online is just one part of the battle to serve students remotely. Here David Woolley talks about what universities can do outside the digital classroom to give students a fulfilling experience when they cannot attend in person
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Successfully teaching online is just one part of the battle to serve students remotely. Here David Woolley talks about what more universities can do to give students a fulfilling experience when they cannot attend in person

Steer the course: Help students navigate the online learning journey

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 09:05
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Technology-enhanced learning enables us to structure courses in ways that best support diverse student cohorts. We can use a mix of timetabled synchronous and independent asynchronous learning on campus and online.  

For activities such as workshops, tutorials, science labs, studio work and group assessment activities, students want or need to be on campus interacting face to face. Some students need to complete work-integrated learning within industry or the community. 

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Technology supports a much more flexible approach to learning, but it is important that instructors guide students through each stage of the course to ensure they engage with content in a logical order, as Kylie Readman, Garth Maker and Astrid Davine explain
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Technology supports a more flexible approach to learning, but it is important that instructors guide students through the course to ensure they engage with content in a logical order, as Kylie Readman, Garth Maker and Astrid Davine explain

Supporting academia’s well-being during and beyond Covid-19

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 11/02/2021 - 09:00
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The past year has presented numerous, often daunting, challenges for instructors in higher education. As the Covid-19 pandemic erupted alongside natural disasters and acute political tensions, faculty had to quickly pivot to teaching remotely to students with their own difficult circumstances. 

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With an unprecedented global mental health crisis and rising stress among university staff, six academics come together to propose how best to support faculty and new ways of working now and well beyond the pandemic
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With an unprecedented global mental health crisis and rising stress among university staff, six academics come together to propose how best to support faculty and new ways of working now and well beyond the pandemic

The active lecture: student-centred learning for the future

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 09/02/2021 - 09:00
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Lessons from moving online

As educators start planning for the post-pandemic era, many are reassessing the role of the lecture for teaching large cohorts of students.

The term “lecture” can cover a wide range of instruction modes. But when people debate the future of the lecture, they are generally referring to the traditional teacher-centred pedagogy focused on an instructor at the front of the room “lecturing” to the students, who are seated in rows, passively gazing into the middle distance.

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Online teaching offers valuable insight into effective pedagogy that will remain useful long after the pandemic is past, according to James Pickering, who outlines the key lessons to improve teaching design and delivery

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Online teaching offers valuable insight into effective pedagogy that will remain useful long after the pandemic is past, according to James Pickering, who outlines the key lessons to improve teaching design and delivery

Safely teaching foreign students facing censorship

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 09:00
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How critical thinking can lead to prison

In 2014, a coup was staged in Thailand. It changed my life.

Overnight, I became a refugee under the protection of the Japanese government.

I have been teaching south-east Asian politics at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 2012.

Through my long years of teaching and research, I have engaged in critical thinking in relation to key political institutions in the region.

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Foreign students studying online in their home countries may be subject to strict press controls, therefore educators must be careful to ensure that course content and discussions do not put students at risk, Pavin Chachavalpongpun explains
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Foreign students studying online in their home countries may be subject to strict press controls, so educators must carefully consider their course content and discussion points, Pavin Chachavalpongpun explains

ASU president Michael Crow on the future of online learning in higher education

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 13:00
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Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, speaks to THE editor John Gill about the future of higher education in a digital world
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Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, speaks to THE editor John Gill about the future of higher education in a digital world

Creating online teaching principles that actually help faculty

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 09:30
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Amanda Sykes talks about how to develop online teaching resources around a set of simple guiding principles that are immediately accessible and helpful for faculty trying to get to grips with new digital pedagogies
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Amanda Sykes talks about how to develop online teaching resources around a set of simple guiding principles that are immediately accessible and helpful for faculty trying to get to grips with new digital pedagogies

Developing students’ digital skills through online learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 09:20
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Digital skills are key to the future employability of most graduates. Jo Coldwell-Neilson advises on how to embed digital literacy training into all aspects of online higher education
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Digital skills are key to the future employability of most graduates. Jo Coldwell-Neilson advises on how to embed digital literacy training into all aspects of online higher education