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Creating advice videos to help students and support your teaching

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 18/10/2021 - 09:05
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Nicholas Morton tackles five basic questions about creating advice videos designed to help students easily source guidance and information when they need it
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Nicholas Morton tackles five basic questions about creating advice videos designed to help students easily source guidance and information when they need it

How to teach online with voice only

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 18/10/2021 - 09:00
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For more than a decade as a law lecturer, I met my students every day in a classroom with a large whiteboard and trusty marker. Then in 2020, as we all know, everything changed. My trusty marker has been decommissioned.

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Yutthana Srisavat explains why and how he adapted his teaching to instruct using just his voice via a messenger app, as a way to keep classes accessible to remote students
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Yutthana Srisavat explains why and how he adapted his teaching to instruct using just his voice via a messenger app, as a way to keep classes accessible to remote students

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

How does national culture affect the adoption of learning technology?

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 14/10/2021 - 09:30
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The uptake of learning technologies has been, in many cases, disappointing. University managers, educational technologists, educators and other practitioners are looking for ways to overcome this resistance and boost the use of learning management systems, also known as virtual learning environments, or VLEs. However, researchers have found factors that influence the adoption of learning technologies are not universal, and they differ from country to country.

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Na Li, Xiaojun Zhang and Maria Limniou offer tips to counter the hidden cultural and social factors that reduce acceptance of virtual learning environments, based on their research
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Na Li, Xiaojun Zhang and Maria Limniou offer tips to counter the hidden cultural and social factors that reduce acceptance of virtual learning environments, based on their research

So you want a novel way to support untapped research talent?

Submitted by dene.mullen on Thu, 14/10/2021 - 09:01
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Do we need another career development opportunity for the best of our next-generation talent? After all, there is no shortage of existing, tried and tested means. Undergraduate students can secure scholarships to pursue research in the gap between academic years; doctoral research students can apply for mid-PhD internships to join a research organisation; and there are postdoc positions to supercharge the start of an academic career.

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There’s great scope for the sector to offer research development opportunities to taught postgraduate students, says John McKendrick
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There’s great scope for the sector to offer research development opportunities to taught postgraduate students, says John McKendrick

Using productive failure to activate deeper learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 13/10/2021 - 09:05
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Traditionally, higher education courses have followed a sequence: lectures, then tutorials, seminars and assignments. Lectures disseminate the content knowledge, tutorials provide the opportunity for problem-solving, and assignments the chance to elaborate upon the content knowledge.

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Manu Kapur explains how using a flipped-classroom approach, setting students problems that they are unable to tackle properly until they have been taught the associated concepts, deepens their learning through ‘productive failure’
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Manu Kapur explains how using a flipped-classroom approach, setting students problems that they are unable to tackle properly until they have been taught the associated concepts, deepens their learning through ‘productive failure’

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

Engaging students in applied research to tackle Sustainable Development Goals

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 12/10/2021 - 09:05
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Jen O’Brien describes a pedagogical project that engages students in applied research carried out in partnership with external organisations, related to the Sustainable Development Goals
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Jen O’Brien describes a pedagogical project that engages students in applied research carried out in partnership with external organisations, related to the Sustainable Development Goals

Collaborative learning cases: a fresh approach to applied learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 11/10/2021 - 09:05
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In this multimedia article we will introduce a new model of teaching and learning at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore: the Collaborative Learning Cases. In short, CLCs.

We will share the rationale, process of developing the approach and key feedback. One of the common problems in the medical curriculum is that medical students have poor understanding of clinical medicine due to the inability to apply basic concepts to clinical practice.

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A group of medical educators introduce a new teaching model being used to improve students’ ability to apply learning in clinical or real-world settings through collaborative work on specific cases
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A group of medical educators introduce a new teaching model being used to improve students’ ability to apply learning in clinical or real-world settings through collaborative work on specific cases

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