Developing Outreach and Employability through Innovative Teaching

A group of student historians from Loughborough are heading out into schools across the UK this winter on a mission to research teaching. The staff-student collaboration project, Developing Outreach and Employability through Innovative Teaching, led by Dr.Catherine Armstrong and final-year student Lauren Porter involves students observing how history is taught in schools. Both primary andRead more

Academics' teaching innovation takes awards

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Supporting dissertation students and improving the ways we use technology to develop learning are at the heart of this year’s 2014 Teaching Innovation Awards winning bids. The Teaching Centre has invested a total of £18,443.26 in the winning projects to proactively enhance student learning not only in the six departments who won, but across the University.Read more

Biting the Bullet: ending Death by PowerPoint, part 1

This blog is concerned with using PowerPoint (PPT) better in lecturing. By better, I mean in accordance with the latest scholarly research in the use of Multi Media Learning (MML); in conjunction with emerging practice in the world of business; and in rejection of the terminally embarrassing ‘Death by PowerPoint’. The blog can be readRead more

Student Engagement in Curriculum Design

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Marcus Collins from the Department of Politics History and International Relations won one of seven Teaching Innovation Awards this year. The project title was ‘Student Engagement in Curriculum Design’ and involved a group of 7 students (plus himself) carrying out research and work on the creation of a new single-honours History course set to runRead more

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Confused by Twitter? Do you look at the tweets in the right-hand column of this blog and think: “I don’t have a clue what that means”? Over on the E-learning Blog, I posted recently a link to a guide to Twitter aimed at academics who have never previously tweeted, produced by Amy Mollett, Danielle MoranRead more

cMOOCs and xMOOCs: hype or paradigm shift?

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If you’ve glanced at the educational media in the last 6 months, you’ll certainly have seen numerous articles (often with quasi-hysterical headlines) covering the rise and rise of the MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course. I had intended to put this post on the E-learning Blog, but as MOOCs are supposed to be on theRead more

History ranked 5th in Sunday Times University Guide 2013

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In the Sunday Times University Guide 2013, History at Loughborough has been ranked 5th, ahead of many other top competitors. Many congratulations to Prof Chris Szejnmann and his colleagues within the department of Politics, History and International Relations. This is a fantastic achievement for a small team that is committed to teaching excellence, as isRead more

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