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 […]

Organisation

Presence: A small group online collaboration case study

As staff and students have been adapting to new and different ways of learning and teaching, finding solutions to the issues this involves is sometimes challenging. The case study of small group online collaboration using Teams and OneNote highlights how readily available tools and services can be combined to provide a genuinely collaborative online and real-time student experience which enables […]

Presence: student self-interviews for speaking practice

This post is part of a series on how staff in the School of Arts and Humanities at NTU are finding new ways to bring presence into their blended and online learning and teaching. We hope that highlighting some of the different practices we’re seeing and supporting in the School might give others ideas that can be adapted and replicated […]

Presence: Personalised video feedback

Sometimes feedback on an assessment works best in person, where time is put aside to go through the material in detail, and to give the clarity and context of verbal explanations. While that’s not always been possible even in pre-pandemic times, a sense of the instructors’ presence as part of the feedback process is valuable, and there are a range […]

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