Student life

If we want non-traditional results, we need non-traditional approaches

Submitted by dene.mullen on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 09:01
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As we begin to emerge out the other side of the pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that a large and growing demographic of adult learners − historically underserved by traditional higher education − was disproportionately affected.

While they strive to complete degrees and credentials while re-entering or navigating the workforce, many find that colleges and universities are ill-equipped to respond to their needs. This ongoing demographic shift comes as no surprise, so why has the sector been so painfully slow to react?

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We must listen to − and respect − the needs and aspirations of learners as they are, not as we wish them to be, say Gregory Fowler and Kate Smith
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We must listen to − and respect − the needs and aspirations of learners as they are, not as we wish them to be, say Gregory Fowler and Kate Smith

How can we solve Japan’s student mobility issues?

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 18/08/2021 - 09:00
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Student mobility and exchange programmes have become indispensable to higher education. For students, studying abroad lets them experience life outside their comfort zone. For universities, international students have become attractive sources of income, but they also bring cultural diversity to campus life. A multicultural environment undoubtedly helps enhance the overall educational and intellectual experience, nurturing mindsets and outlooks for a globalised world.

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Japan struggles with multiculturalism as a concept, let alone a reality, and overseas students can suffer. But online education could offer help, says Haruko Satoh
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Japan struggles with multiculturalism as a concept, let alone a reality, and overseas students can suffer. But online education could offer help, says Haruko Satoh

We must help our students make this a ‘summer of self-love’

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 06/08/2021 - 01:01
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Most people spent the first 500 days of the coronavirus pandemic on activities rather different from those they’d originally intended. But with something approaching an end in sight (in the wealthy West, at least) thanks to vaccination programmes, we might expect people’s activities to become increasingly “normal”.

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It would be wise to keep an eye on our students over the coming months, as the period after lockdown typically brings intense emotional responses, says Bertus Jeronimus
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It would be wise to keep an eye on our students over the coming months, as the period after lockdown typically brings intense emotional responses, says Bertus Jeronimus

Scaling up student support services

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 23/07/2021 - 14:30
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The time a student spends at university is often a transformative period of their life.

For most, it is the start of a journey that will lead them to expand their horizons, develop new skills and, hopefully, embark on their desired career. It is a period of self-learning, where students can equip themselves with soft skills that will enable them to thrive throughout life – professionally and personally.

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Suzanne Mitchell advises on how to scale up student support services, using technology that provides multiple communications channels and early warning systems to assist specialist staff teams
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Suzanne Mitchell advises on how to scale up student support services, using technology that provides multiple communications channels and early warning systems to assist specialist staff teams

How universities can support students’ return to campus this autumn

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 09/07/2021 - 09:00
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When students return to campuses this autumn, universities effectively will be welcoming not one but two new cohorts. Many of last year’s freshmen have yet to set foot on campus, and none had the sort of “normal” first-year experience they expected.

As a result, schools will look for ways to provide something closer to their expectations. This includes figuring out how to resume in-person student engagement opportunities – experiences historically tied to persistence and retention – while supporting students with wellness and academic resources as we emerge from the pandemic.

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Danielle McDonald and colleagues share advice on how universities can approach welcoming two student cohorts to campus for the first time, staying mindful of the vastly different attitudes among students relating to the post-pandemic transition
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Danielle McDonald and colleagues share advice on how universities can approach welcoming two student cohorts to campus for the first time, staying mindful of the vastly different attitudes among students relating to the post-pandemic transition

It’s time for the media to work with universities, not against us

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 07/07/2021 - 09:00
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Students want to know how we’re going to teach them in the new academic year. They expect us to be clear and transparent about it. But is that even possible, especially against the backdrop of hostile media coverage of the upheaval at universities?

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The next school year is going to be challenging enough as it is without the skewed and absolutist coverage we’ve seen in the media lately, says Harriet Dunbar-Morris
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The next school year is going to be challenging enough as it is without the skewed and absolutist coverage we’ve seen in the media lately, says Harriet Dunbar-Morris

Turning a new page: information literacy goes online

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 24/06/2021 - 09:00
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How to help students navigate the plethora of resources at a university library – on the shelves, in journals and, increasingly, online – has been a special challenge for university library staff tasked with supporting those who cannot visit in person.

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Xiaowei Li and Lulu Wang explore how to take an on-campus institution such as a university library online to deliver hands-on information literacy skills to students around the world
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Xiaowei Li and Lulu Wang explore how to take an on-campus institution such as a university library online to deliver hands-on information literacy skills to students around the world

Socialising is hugely important, but virtual campuses help learning, too

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 14/06/2021 - 00:01
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Say the word “university” and the image that forms in the mind is likely a physical campus. Campus is where we interact with others in both scheduled and unexpected ways that lend meaning to those interactions, and it can be difficult to approximate the same levels of immediacy and spontaneity online.

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The social elements of university help students succeed academically, so we must start transplanting them online, says Elizabeth Lehfeldt
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The social elements of university help students succeed academically, so we must start transplanting them online, says Elizabeth Lehfeldt

Professors, stop pretending that you never cheat

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 11/06/2021 - 00:01
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I recently read Cheating Lessons by James Lang, and this article is a by-product − that is to say, not plagiarism − of that book.

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Academics should drop the holier-than-thou attitude and look at cheating from a student’s perspective if we want to understand and eradicate it, says Hamish Binns
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Academics should drop the holier-than-thou attitude and look at cheating from a student’s perspective if we want to understand and eradicate it, says Hamish Binns

This model is the future of diversity in higher education

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 25/05/2021 - 01:01
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Back on a cool March morning, I went through my usual pandemic ritual of logging into Zoom, when an urgent message came in from a small group of students in my health justice class – an online class I developed mid-pandemic.

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Coming together for support is the only way forward – and the Council of Coalitions is the model for inter-group organising we desperately need, says Pardis Mahdavi
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Coming together for support is the only way forward – and the Council of Coalitions is the model for inter-group organising we desperately need, says Pardis Mahdavi