Student engagement

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

Forget the tech – in the new normal, let’s focus on human beings

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 08/10/2021 - 09:01
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Looking at media coverage of education for the past 18 months, you’d be forgiven for thinking technology is all that matters − and that now we’ve all learned how to use dozens of platforms, all our problems will be solved.

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The key to making learning effective, now and in the post-pandemic world, is focusing on motivation, says Grace McCarthy
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The key to making learning effective, now and in the post-pandemic world, is focusing on motivation, says Grace McCarthy

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

Listen to this! Using podcasts for online learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 15/09/2021 - 09:30
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Many challenges associated with ensuring student engagement and minimising attrition when teaching online are well established in the context of postgraduate education, where remote study has long been a key component. Educational podcasts have been used successfully to address these challenges and improve postgrad student online learning experiences.

Now that many universities plan to continue hybrid and online teaching for their undergraduates, lessons can be learned from what has worked for postgrads, including examining why and how to effectively use podcasts for teaching.

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Emily O’Reilly explains why and how to use educational podcasts to supplement your online teaching
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Emily O’Reilly explains why and how to use educational podcasts to supplement your online teaching

Fake news, educated views and how-tos: social media for teaching and research

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 13/09/2021 - 10:00
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Social media is often seen as either the sole domain of youth or a hive of fake news. Neither gives the full story. Academics have been using social media for research and scholarship since the first tweet was tweeted. And although social media has been weaponised to influence elections and public opinion, it also serves as free-to-use, free-flowing and far-reaching academic discussion while encouraging creativity that can spark learning and inquiry.

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Terese Bird shares her ideas on how to use some of the most popular social media platforms to support your teaching and research
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Terese Bird shares her ideas on how to use some of the most popular social media platforms to support your teaching and research

Stay in the frame: how to persuade students to keep cameras on in lessons

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 07/09/2021 - 09:00
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There is a lot of debate about whether students should be made to put their cameras on in a Zoom or Teams or other online class setting. In higher education, students can’t be forced to do so, which leaves most tutors exasperated at the lack of interaction and thus engagement from those who choose not to have them on. However, it is my belief that the majority of those who don’t turn them on are actually sitting on a “should I or shouldn’t I” fence, and can be persuaded to make a sensible learning decision.

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Paul Moss shares advice on how to convince students that making themselves visible during online classes is in their own interest and will aid learning outcomes
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Paul Moss shares advice on how to convince students that making themselves visible during online classes is in their own interest and will aid learning outcomes

What is the purpose of a university lecture?

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 07/09/2021 - 08:30
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As a lecturer who has actively explored the role of lecture recording as a form of technology-enhanced learning, there’s a question I keep returning to: what is a lecture for?

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We must continue to question the true role of the lecture and how lecture recordings fit in to the effective delivery of higher education, says Jill MacKay
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We must continue to question the true role of the lecture and how lecture recordings fit in to the effective delivery of higher education, says Jill MacKay

Building a community of support for remote students through academic advising

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 06/09/2021 - 09:00
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This past year has emphasised the value of community. In higher education, many students and instructors struggled with a sense of isolation from their peers and colleagues when institutions adopted remote and virtual settings at the start of the pandemic. While academic advisers are not often in the spotlight, they play a vital role in bridging the gap between student and institution and in helping students feel part of a broader learning community. Feeling connected – that is, being “seen” and “heard” – is critical to student success.

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Janet Morrison details academic advising strategies that keep students feeling connected and supported throughout their educational journeys when learning online
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Janet Morrison details academic advising strategies that keep students feeling connected and supported throughout their educational journeys when learning online

Ready, player one? How video games can help engage students

Submitted by Eliza.Compton on Fri, 03/09/2021 - 09:01
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Play is a fundamental way in which we learn. Long before children encounter formal educational methods, they play, learning new skills and behaviours along the way.

As a formalised style of play, games are well suited to education. They are inherently engaging and have built-in reward structures and variable levels of difficulty. Furthermore, many games encourage cooperation, group work and the development of communication and problem-solving skills. For these reasons, games are used extensively in early years education.

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Engaging, rewarding and a great way to encourage active participation, games are a brilliant addition to a teaching and learning environment, says Chris Headleand
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Engaging, rewarding and a great way to encourage active participation, games are a brilliant addition to a teaching and learning environment, says Chris Headleand

Let’s embrace flexible learning as much as we have flexible working

Submitted by sara.custer on Fri, 13/08/2021 - 01:00
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Did you buy a new desk and chair last year? Are you sitting comfortably now as a result? Maybe you’ve got a perfect oak table upon which your smartphone sits in exact alignment with your laptop beside a bright green apple and perfectly foamed latte? That’s what the stock photos show of homeworking, anyway. But if this isn’t an accurate representation of your homeworking set-up, it’s probably not an accurate representation of students’ home-learning environments, either.

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Much like working from home, remote teaching and learning come with a range of benefits to learners if we just make room for them
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Much like working from home, remote teaching and learning come with a range of benefits to learners if we just make room for them