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

Understand the problem you're trying to solve

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Defining the problem that you’re trying to solve is an important start for any project. September saw the hard work start on our project. It is very important to understand the problem which is to be solved and what the system needs to be able to do to address the problem. The majority of theRead more

The importance of stakeholder involvement

We’ve been busy planning the work for our Teaching Innovation Award – Systems Validation and Verification Test Rig. For us, the most important first step has been identifying key stakeholders for the project and making sure that we have good plans in place to involve them. The two main groups identified are staff and students.Read more

Peer support in action

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Currently appearing in the international journal European Political Science as an advance online publication, Helen Drake from the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR) has just published an article entitled “Learning from peers: the role of the student advisor in internationalising the european studies curriculum”. The abstract reads: “This article asks whether student peer advisors can contributeRead more

Happiness: bringing higher education towards sustainability

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Earlier this year, M.Carolina Escobar-Tello and Tracy Bhamra (both Loughborough Design School) published an article entitled “Happiness as a harmonising path for bringing higher education towards sustainability” in the international and multidisciplinary journal Environment, Development and Sustainability. The abstract reads: “This paper is a reflection of an innovative project that complements existing higher education for sustainableRead more

Transparency in assessment = student success?

  Student retention and completion of degree programmes is a topic of growing concern to higher education institutions and their students. A recent paper in Higher Education Research and Development (Suhre et al, 2013) identifies the impact of degree programme characteristics and student motivation on study progress. The setting for the study is the Law Department in aRead more

Maths students in transition

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  Paul Hernandez-Martinez (Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University) and Julian Williams (University of Manchester) recently published an article entitled “Against the odds: resilience in mathematics students in transition” in the British Educational Research Journal. The abstract reads: “This paper examines ‘resilience’ of mathematics students in transition from a sociocultural perspective, in which resilience is viewed asRead more

Seven key concepts in teaching and learning

  The field of higher education research has developed as an eclectic mix of theories and concepts brought in from the home disciplines of its researchers, typically psychology, sociology and philosophy. Consequently, those new to the literature can find it difficult to determine what is central and what is peripheral to the field. A recentRead more

Promoting active learning in research methods

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Hilary McDermott and Terry Dovey (both School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University) have just published an article entitled “A Strategy to Promote Active Learning of an Advanced Research Method” in the journal of Psychology Learning and Teaching. The abstract reads: “Research methods courses aim to equip students with the knowledge and skillsRead more

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