Flexible peer-learning activities: what, why, how

Lately as a team we’ve been thinking a lot about flexibility and collaboration, and how one supports the other. As it becomes clear that the pandemic has had a permanent impact on working practices globally (Office for National Statistics 2021), current students can expect a mix of on-site and remote, and synchronous and asynchronous work in their future careers. Working […]

Digitally transforming assessment with the SAMR model

by Joseph Kenney and Rosemary Pearce Our team recently attended a presentation on using the SAMR model for transforming assessment by our colleague Rachel Challen (Learning, Teaching and Staff Development Manager for the School of Arts and Humanities at NTU). We spoke to her afterwards to share some of her ideas on how we should be thinking about transforming assessment […]

A graffitied wall in Tel Aviv. Picked out from a background of streaked multicoloured paint, the word Together is in white.

Together We Can Do So Much: Building a collaborative glossary

by Joseph Kenney and Bethany Witham Finding the words – outlining the task  Extending student vocabulary  Building International students’ vocabulary with subject-specific terms is of huge importance, but it offers a challenge to language teachers. How can they do this effectively in the limited time that they have?   Our colleague Jane Vickers, from the Nottingham Institute of Language and Intercultural […]

Journeying Towards Accessibility 

Representation Matters – Beginning Our Journey  While idly browsing new boots this morning, I was absolutely delighted to see that the retailer had chosen to employ a model with a prosthetic leg, as representation of difference in the media is so much rarer than it should be. Representation is incredibly easy and incredibly important, but making products and services inclusive […]

Distinct but interrelated communities: an approach to hybrid teaching

The pandemic has necessitated the need for teaching on-campus and online simultaneously. While at NTU we’ve been moving back to campus for most of our teaching this academic year as restrictions have allowed, hybrid delivery is still being discussed in Higher Education worldwide for its potential to offer students who cannot make it to campus the chance to attend live […]

Student-generated and Student-led: Independent collaboration in Teams

The challenge Moving so abruptly to online teaching during the Covid-19 periods of lockdown certainly provided challenges for everyone working in education, from the redesign of learning materials to the navigation of new technologies for learning online.   I spoke to Sarah Khan, a Senior Lecturer within the Nottingham Institute for Languages and Intercultural Communication (NILIC), about the challenge of supporting […]

Digital confidence: springboard and safety net

Digital confidence has long been important for learning and teaching, allowing for trying out new ideas and bouncing back quickly when the technology doesn’t work as expected. Since March 2020 there has been a greater need than ever for those of us supporting learning and teaching with technology to do what we can to build this confidence in ourselves and […]

Taking the newsroom online: creating connected, authentic learning remotely

One of the key concerns for students studying practical courses in the past year is how they can continue to give their students the experiential, hands-on learning experience they would ordinarily get from coming to campus and using industry-standard equipment and processes, but with students now participating from their own homes (see Kolb, 2014 for more on experiential learning). This […]

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