Tag Archives: student engagement

Partnering with (the power of) students

The power of students is unmistakeable. Apart from the sheer number present at universities, they make their voices heard through activism on campus, participation on university committees, and their very presence. It is a power that is often acknowledge in university communities but also, just as often, underutilized. Continue reading Partnering with (the power of) students

Driven to distraction: the students who won’t stop talking

Last week I presented to a class of 12 undergraduate students. It was a short 15 minute talk about information literacy, tied to an upcoming assignment. In other words, this was stuff they needed to know. Within the first minute of my opening three students started talking. They were seated in the back row, and the eight or so students in front stared steadfastly at me. I imagine the giggling behind was distracting.

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Six small practical changes in your teaching that can have big impact

Are you scared off by the breadth and depth of changes to your teaching that are often suggested by well-meaning colleagues? There are many things that you can do to improve student experience and learning, but they don’t all need to take hours to design and implement. Here are six practical and eminently achievable suggestions for small changes that can have big impact.

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A sweet way to improve class participation

The year was 2008. It was the last week of the semester, and I sat hungry and slouched in the final lecture of the semester for COMP229: Object-Oriented Programming Practices. It was late at night, and I expected to be wandering in-and-out of stupor as the lecture marched along — after all, I had just recently completed a Himalayan heap of assessment tasks.

To my surprise, I was quite awake and paying attention. In fact, my ears were perked in expectation for the next question being posed. I was physically leaning forward in preparation. Continue reading A sweet way to improve class participation

What’s the difference between Eurovision and Academic Senate?

One’s an entertainment spectacular that fully embraces glitter, wind machines and amazing hair. And the other one is Eurovision (ba dum tish!). But despite a few differences, they each have a superfan in the form of new Senate Chair Professor Mariella Herberstein, who says everyone should get involved in both.

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Learn how to engage students with Lecture Tools

You’ve read the Teche article about student engagement in face to face, were enthused after hearing the positive experiences of other academics at the Learning and Teaching Exchange and now want to know how to use Lecture Tools?

Then come along to the Lecture Tools workshop!

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Enquiry-Based Learning and Student Research

My previous Teche post discusses how student engagement with research can be facilitated by building enquiry-based learning activities into the curriculum, as these enable students to develop an orientation and many of the skills needed for research tasks.  These include analysing requirements, investigating source materials, identifying critical information and ideas, constructing a resolution and working in teams.

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