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Using films to encourage reflection and critical thinking in your teaching

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 09:00
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Film can be a powerful tool in teaching. By presenting multiple perspectives in engaging and emotive ways, films can enable students to gain a better understanding of, and empathise with, the life experiences of individuals and communities far removed from their day-to-day reality.

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Noam Schimmel shares advice on how to leverage the pedagogical and emotive power of films to support your teaching
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Noam Schimmel shares advice on how to leverage the pedagogical and emotive power of films to support your teaching

Community colleges are the front line for workforce innovation

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 13/10/2021 - 09:01
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Across the United States, community college enrolments have been significantly depressed by the pandemic’s impact on prospective students. In fact, community college enrolment in spring 2021 fell 9.5 percent year on year. That’s a loss of about 476,000 students, contributing to the largest total enrolment decline in higher education in more than a decade.

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As bachelor’s-granting institutions grow ever more focused on employability, there’s much they can learn from community colleges, say Vicki Karolewics and Bharani Rajakumar
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As bachelor’s-granting institutions grow ever more focused on employability, there’s much they can learn from community colleges, say Vicki Karolewics and Bharani Rajakumar

Now is the time to design a system in which all learning counts

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 12/10/2021 - 09:01
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Tara’s family never had much money, but her mother instilled in her a love of learning from a young age. Tara’s mum had grown up with dyslexia and little support. She wanted better for her bookworm daughter and stressed the importance of going to college. As a young adult, Tara worked full time in order to take affordable college courses online. But she struggled to balance work and family demands with the demands of college.

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Our conventional, top-down approach fails to recognise that working adults often already possess many critical work skills, say Lisa McIntyre-Hite and Mackenzie Jackson
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Our conventional, top-down approach fails to recognise that working adults often already possess many critical work skills, say Lisa McIntyre-Hite and Mackenzie Jackson

If peer feedback was good enough for the Brontë sisters, it’s good enough for us

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 11/10/2021 - 09:01
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The art of writing, invented roughly 5,000 years ago, represents a blip in human history. It’s younger than agriculture, music and construction. And as recently as the US War of Independence in the late 1700s, most Americans couldn’t put pen to paper. In short: writing remains a new feat of technology. We’re still figuring it out. 

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The shift online provides new ways to harness the power of peer feedback to improve writing skills, say Sherry Wynn Perdue, Pam Bromley, Mark Limbach and Jonathan Olshock
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The shift online provides new ways to harness the power of peer feedback to improve writing skills, say Sherry Wynn Perdue, Pam Bromley, Mark Limbach and Jonathan Olshock

Coming to terms with terminology: the basics of university teaching and research in the US

Submitted by Eliza.Compton on Fri, 08/10/2021 - 09:05
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The US university system offers tremendous opportunities for academic positions, short-term visits and collaborations for international educators and researchers. A grasp of unique aspects of the terminology and expectations in the US system will ensure those precious opportunities don’t get lost in translation.   

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Looking to teach or do research in America? Angela Douglas explains the basic terms, acronyms and structures of US academia to ensure everyone is speaking the same language
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Looking to teach or do research in America? Angela Douglas explains the basic terms, acronyms and structures of US academia to ensure everyone is speaking the same language

A framework for building capacity in digital teaching and learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 05/10/2021 - 09:05
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Dale Johnson presents a framework to help institutions decide where to focus their efforts in the use of digital systems and resources to enable student success
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Dale Johnson presents a framework to help institutions decide where to focus their efforts in the use of digital systems and resources to enable student success

Obliterating the academic calendar is the easy part

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 01/10/2021 - 09:01
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This spring, President Joe Biden announced his $1.8 trillion (£1.3 trillion) American Families Plan, which includes a once-in-a-lifetime investment in community colleges to make them free for all students. If the president’s proposal becomes law, it will be a major win for college access and will ensure that no student has to drop out in their first two years of college because they cannot afford tuition.

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More money for US community colleges and new thinking on semester lengths must be accompanied by cohesive pathways to degrees, say Karen A. Stout and Tom Shaver
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More money for US community colleges and new thinking on semester lengths must be accompanied by cohesive pathways to degrees, say Karen A. Stout and Tom Shaver

Capturing students’ attention in the classroom: Does listening equal learning?

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 29/09/2021 - 14:30
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Four teaching academics discuss effective approaches to keeping students focused and engaged inside and outside the classroom
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Four teaching academics discuss effective approaches to keeping students focused and engaged inside and outside the classroom

It’s our duty to teach more inclusively − online, in person or hybrid

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 27/09/2021 - 09:01
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As we continue to navigate life with Covid, it’s clear that the pandemic has revealed existing systemic inequities in HE. In light of this, let’s consider what it means conceptually to teach in more equitable and inclusive ways. In doing so, we can support the success of historically underserved and marginalised students.

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Students want to be seen, heard and valued, and there are many ways to include them while fostering equitable learning outcomes, says Flower Darby
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Students want to be seen, heard and valued, and there are many ways to include them while fostering equitable learning outcomes, says Flower Darby

The shift online could set digital learning back by years

Submitted by dene.mullen on Thu, 23/09/2021 - 09:01
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The year 2020 should have been a watershed for online learning. With the pandemic sending tens of millions of students online, it was poised to be a breakout moment.

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The digital tools used during the pandemic may help address access and scale, but they do little to help students actually learn, says Tom Adams
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The digital tools used during the pandemic may help address access and scale, but they do little to help students actually learn, says Tom Adams