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#15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 13: Consider how your pedagogical approach can be aligned with the needs of your project students

At this time of year many university lecturers and tutors will be meeting with students who are undertaking major projects or dissertations of various kinds.  Whilst some university and college departments have withdrawn major project or dissertation modules from their undergraduate courses in recent years (and some may never have had them), they are still one of the most common features of the undergraduate experience in the UK higher education sector, and it is most often the case that students undertake them in their final year of study. 1,768 more words


Conference Reflections: Harper Adams University Learning & Teaching Conference 2017

Last week was the third Harper Adams Learning and Teaching Conference. This annual event brings together colleagues from across the institution, alongside colleagues from partner organisations in, and beyond, the UK. 1,057 more words

Educational Development evolving

When I started in this role in 2011, the remit of our (small) team was rather instrumental: the PGCert had just become compulsory for probationary academics, as had CPD provision for new postgraduates who teach (PGTAs). 519 more words


#15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 12: Remember to think about you! Be kind to yourself, learn more about your university and engage with continuing professional development – your students will benefit

At this time of year many academic colleagues are fine-tuning their modules – developing their teaching materials and tools and putting the finishing touches to the learning resources they will be using to support their students. 1,342 more words


Reflections on the Western Conference on Science Education (WCSE)

This July, I presented at my first SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning) conference, WCSE (5 – 7 July, 2017) hosted at Western University, Canada (you can read the abstract… 55 more words

#15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 11: How much work should I do at home? Using directed independent study to promote effective learning

As academics we tend to have an inflated opinion of the value of what we teach. By this, I mean that we tend to assume that it is what and how we teach that will have by far the greatest impact on how much learning our students do and the quality of this learning. 1,456 more words


#15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 10: Build into your modules or courses a ‘negotiated learning’ element that enables students to align their studies – at least in part – with their enthusiasms. They will be more engaged, will learn more, and produce better work.

Sometimes teachers – both in schools and universities – find that it pays to follow the line of least resistance. Learners are often most predisposed to learn and to engage enthusiastically when they are really interested in the topic or theme they are learning about, so sometimes it pays to allow for some flexibility within the curriculum and to explore the value of developing an ‘alignment’ between what the learner finds inherently fascinating, and the learning process itself. 1,553 more words