Curricula development

Fellow vice-chancellors, we must lead the charge on equality

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 19/10/2021 - 23:01
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With COP26 on the horizon here in Scotland, the world’s attention is, quite rightly, fixed on the global climate emergency. However, it’s important we don’t take our eyes off another critical and urgent societal emergency – the pandemic of discrimination, in all its forms.

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It’s incumbent on us all to ensure our universities offer inclusive and diverse settings in which anyone, regardless of their background, can flourish, says Craig Mahoney
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It’s incumbent on us all to ensure our universities offer inclusive and diverse settings in which anyone, regardless of their background, can flourish, says Craig Mahoney

Supporting student action on sustainability

Submitted by Miranda Prynne on Tue, 19/10/2021 - 14:30
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Students want to create a more sustainable future. They want opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and actions to address the climate crisis and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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Students want opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to address sustainability issues. Matthew Lawson describes how sustainability can be embedded into the student experience
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Students want opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to address sustainability issues. Matthew Lawson describes how sustainability can be embedded into the student experience

Behavioural change for sustainable development

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 01/10/2021 - 10:00
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Four European academics explore how universities can encourage positive behaviour change among students in line with the Sustainable Development Goals
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Four European academics explore how universities can encourage positive behaviour change among students in line with the Sustainable Development Goals

Embedding social impact considerations into business programmes

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 28/09/2021 - 09:05
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Ridhima Aggarwal shares effective strategies for fostering a deep understanding of how business and society are interlinked and embedding social impact considerations within business school teaching
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Ridhima Aggarwal shares effective strategies for fostering a deep understanding of how business and society are interlinked and embedding social impact considerations within business school teaching

Decolonising the curriculum – how do I get started?

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 14/09/2021 - 09:30
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If you are thinking about decolonising your curriculum and wondering where to start, do no not worry, you are in the majority. Many people are supportive of the idea in principle but are not sure what to do.

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Rowena Arshad provides pointers for any teaching academics considering how to get started on decolonising their curriculum
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Rowena Arshad provides pointers for any teaching academics considering how to get started on decolonising their curriculum

Bringing international and intercultural dimensions into your programmes

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 09:00
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In an increasingly digital and connected world, the concept of internationalisation at home, by which students can learn and engage with global perspectives regardless of their location, is becoming more important. Even when students opt for local careers, their work will be impacted by increasing diversity in their own communities, by global developments and by events in other geographic areas. Introducing international and intercultural dimensions into university courses are therefore key elements that support students in their preparation for this future.

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Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans and Karen M. Lauridsen address how educators may create an internationalised learning experience for all students by including global and intercultural dimensions in curriculum design and delivery
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Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans and Karen M. Lauridsen address how educators may create an internationalised learning experience for all students by including global and intercultural dimensions in curriculum design and delivery

Engaging with the world from your home classroom: tips for internationalising the curriculum

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 09:00
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The internationalisation of teaching and learning has seemed, in recent months, to be almost synonymous with digital cross-border scenarios. Formats such as virtual mobility and virtual exchange have been widely adopted. No doubt, these can be highly engaging and inspiring formats. But they present just one way of internationalising the curriculum and providing all students with an international experience on their home campus.

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Tanja Reiffenrath shares advice on giving curricula an international dimension that helps students develop global perspectives
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Tanja Reiffenrath shares advice on giving curricula an international dimension that helps students develop global perspectives

University leaders need to demonstrate an adaptive mindset

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 08/09/2021 - 09:01
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It’s annual accounts season at universities. Up and down the land, a handful of university colleagues will have been straining their eyes on spreadsheets and bringing together the narrative that tells a story of how their university has performed over the past year.

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With huge change ahead, leaders must be brave and accept that the right decisions may not always deliver the best spreadsheet results, say Alasdair Blair and Sarah Jones
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With huge change ahead, leaders must be brave and accept that the right decisions may not always deliver the best spreadsheet results, say Alasdair Blair and Sarah Jones

Place-based learning in digital universities

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 03/09/2021 - 00:01
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A discussion of how the exploration and understanding of a place can be the backbone of higher education teaching and learning, whether delivered online or in-person
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A discussion of how the exploration and understanding of a place can be the backbone of higher education teaching and learning, whether delivered online or in-person

Teaching the skills wanted by employers in 2021 and beyond

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 25/08/2021 - 10:30
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Traditionally many universities have designed new programmes led by the research interests of academics, with employer and industry consultation relegated to an afterthought.  

Programme specifications and module proposal forms have been tossed under the noses of random employers, asking for feedback on courses that are already developed. This has often been a tick-box exercise to demonstrate to the academic validating panel that employer consultation was sought, simply paying lip service to the critical need for employer engagement. 

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Dilshad Sheikh makes a case for universities to work more closely with employers to shape industry-relevant courses and expose students to more real-world practical training and assessment
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Dilshad Sheikh makes a case for universities to work more closely with employers to shape industry-relevant courses and expose students to more real-world practical training and assessment