I’ve just finished teaching this year’s PGCert in Creative Education at UCA. Quite a few of the participants have expressed an interest in continuing to engage with the course culture (which hopefully suggests they had a good experience…). Through my work with the Quality of Experience Company (QoE), we’re also looking to deepen engagement with … More How do you build a community of practice?
Sometimes you come across research that you just can’t ignore. While a lot of educational research can be context-dependent and difficult to generalise, just occasionally somebody pulls it all together. In his seminal book on teaching and learning in higher education, John Biggs highlights a piece of research done by Hattie (2009) into ‘what works … More High impact learning strategies
Photo courtesy of Julochka on Flickr We are fortunate in art and design. The nature of teaching and learning in the creative arts lends itself to active learning, in which students have the opportunity to participate actively in the classroom. While we do give the odd lecture, this tends to be only one of a … More Keep your students active
As somebody who creates and delivers a lot of training sessions, I’m used to putting together workshops and activities. I have a process which I work through which usually involves providing some background context to the activity, lots of questions to ask participants, and then the key theories or principles that underpin the workshop. Throughout … More Time to apply
Twitter is a useful tool on many levels, but I recently had the opportunity to use it as a way to support a group learning activity. Here’s how it worked. The object of the activity was to try and make a PESTLE analysis more interesting for a 100 1st year Fashion students. If you’re not … More Using Twitter for a group learning activity
Photo credit: Sookie It would be hard to find a student who doesn’t use some form of digital device in their learning. But despite the ubiquity of technology in education, how often do we create opportunities for our students to think about how they are actually using these technologies? I’m preparing a talk for … More What do students think about technology?
What is Turnitin? Turnitin is a tool that enables staff and students to verify the academic integrity of written work. While some institutions take a punitive approach to using Turnitin, UCA has adopted a more formative position and advocates that is is used as a tool to support student learning. Although use of Turnitin … More Using Turnitin to support academic referencing