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Co-creating with students: Practical considerations and approaches

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 22/10/2021 - 09:05
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Co-creating with students is a process by which students collaborate with teachers in designing their own learning experience. With an emphasis on student perspectives, it is based on constructivist learning theory, which says learners construct knowledge and meaning from lived experiences, rather than from just passively taking in information. Implicit in the concept of co-creation is a recognition that teaching is not a one-way process flowing from teacher to student. Meaningful learning opportunities are made possible by honouring student voices.

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Stacy Katz explains how to develop meaningful learning experiences by collaborating with students, rather than determining for them
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Stacy Katz explains how to develop meaningful learning experiences by collaborating with students, rather than determining for them

It’s past time for a serious appraisal of mindfulness education

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 22/10/2021 - 09:01
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Anxiety and stress have been affecting students since long before the pandemic, but Covid heightened things to a level that left students, academics and professional staff uniquely exhausted.

It was hoped that relaxed rules for extenuating circumstances, including self-certification, and the introduction of safety net policies would help counter heightened anxiety and stress among students. However, these often led to increased pressure on staff.

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True mindfulness education goes beyond pedagogy and improving learning outcomes – it is a holistic approach for developing students and staff, says Christine Rivers
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True mindfulness education goes beyond pedagogy and improving learning outcomes – it is a holistic approach for developing students and staff, says Christine Rivers

Creating advice videos to help students and support your teaching

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 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