Teaching Best Practices
Exploring the concept of student voice through four theoretical lens
Student voice in higher education can be conceptualised by considering theories dervied from compulsary education research, economics, philosophy, and human geography.
By Eve Bracken-Ingram
Appreciative inquiry as a positive student voice practice in higher education
Appreciative inquiry promotes positive student voice and aims to create a collaborative community which inspires transformation.
Respect is key for successful student voice as co-creation practices
Respectful and self-respecting dialogue between staff and students is essential for the development equitable higher education practices
How to enhance student voice in university governance through student representation
The effectiveness of student voice in university governance can be enhanced by considering the experiences of student representatives.
Implications of initial teacher reaction to student voice
Identifying teacher reaction to student evaluations of teaching may enhance student voice practices
Student voice in curriculum design in the context of a marketized higher education system
The role of students as consumers presents challenges for student voice in curriculum design
The importance of distinguishing student voice practices in higher education
Investigating the differences between student voice practices by considering student responsibility and access, and exploring why this important
Why is it important to 'close the loop' in student voice initiatives?
The lack of systematic processes in place to facilitate action in response to student feedback is limiting the success of student voice initiatives
Empowerment and transformation can be facilitated through choice in student voice
Choice and freedom of expression in student voice allows students to authentically express their views and promote meaningful change.
How can the success of a student voice initiatives be evaluated?
A broad range of student voice initiatives can be assessed by considering the reach and fitness of purpose of the project.
Is the increased focus on student voice in higher education harming participation?
The role of students-as-consumers obstructs participation in student voice
Student voice is underpinned by student rights and respect
The primary role of student voice can be defined by considering the right to be heard and respected
The important role of student voice in curriculum design
The involvement of student voice in curriculum design leads to greater student engagement and academic outcome
The reciprocal relationship between student voice and personal tutoring
A recent study explores student perceptions of personal tutoring and reflects on the relationship between student voice and personal tutoring.
The current understanding of student voice in assessment and feedback
A recent literature review explored the key benefits of student voice in assessment and feedback and identified methodology used within research.
The challenges of engaging students in student voice
A case study excploring the challenges associated with encouraging student participation in higher education evaluation
The benefit of student voice in the development of assessment practices
How can student voice be utilised through assessment development to increase student motivation, learning outcomes, and equity in higher eduction?
Obstacles to students voice in curriculum design
The implementation of student voice in curriculum design may not be simple
Institutional improvement of higher education quality through student voice
A range of student voice forms is vital for the improvement of higher education quality at an institutional scale
An economic view on higher education and the impact of student voice on educational methods
As universities operate as businesses and students take on the role of consumers, student voice becomes a powerful tool.
Student voice and the role of listening to improve equity within higher education
Exploring the limitations of student voice and the role of listening to promote equity within higher education
Encouraging students to pursue postgraduate research degrees
Researchers at one US university have outlined the strategies they’ve used to address the concern of declining graduate student numbers.
By David Griffin
The value of involving students in curriculum redesign
University students struggle to find an appropriate work-life balance. To help address their concerns, researchers have involved them in curriculum design.
3D Virtual Environments and Interdisciplinary Student Teams
University students may gain confidence and comfort from experiencing interdisciplinary teams first in immersive 3D virtual environments.
Social Media: Its Use, Overuse and Academic Impact
Social media usage has been associated with academic procrastination in students. A recent study examines how grades are affected by this usage.
Peer assessment in motivating student team-based activities
Research from a Columbian university suggests that continuous peer-assessment motivates lower-achieving students during group projects.
Combining podcast-based learning with exercise
Replacing traditional lectures with a combination of educational podcasts and physical exercise has received positive feedback from students in the US.
Can a ‘flipped classroom’ approach help students succeed?
A recent US study has demonstrated an approximate 50% reduction in failure rates by employing a ‘flipped classroom’ approach to science lectures.
Adapting Traditional Lectures into Online Video Content
Adapting traditional university lectures for online delivery can be extremely challenging. A lecturer at the University of Pretoria shares her experiences.
The Effect of Instruction on Learning- Case Based Versus Lecture Based
A study at the American University of Beirut suggests that case-based learning may provide an effective alternative to traditional lecture-based learning.
Non-Traditional Immersive Seminars
Researchers have shown that adding simple physical exercises to a university lecture can significantly improve long-term knowledge attainment.
Student Response Systems in Large Active-Learning Classrooms
Often in large university lecture theatres only a handful of students actively participate through the asking and answering of questions.
Question and answer sessions in online tutorials
Question and answer sessions are a great way for students to receive real-time feedback. However, retention rates for these sessions are commonly low.
By Marisa Graser
Simulation-Based Learning in Higher Education
Discover simulation-based learning for skill development in higher education, overcoming real-life practice challenges.
Video Improves Learning in Higher Education
Video can be an effective tool to convey distilled information whilst giving students control over When, Where, and at Which pace they want to learn.
Collaborative Learning: Understanding Students’ Engagement
In the age of remote study, what tools can educators use to enhance student engagement and empower responsible, self-directed learning?
By Daniel Johnston
Student behavioural profiles in blended learning courses
What can instructors do to enhance engagement? Mirriahi et al. investigate the behaviours shown by students in blended learning courses.
Agile Manifesto for Teaching and Learning
Embrace Agile in higher education for student-centered learning, collaboration, adaptability, and enhanced teaching experiences.
By Christine Enowmbi Tambe
Enhancing Feedback in Higher Education
Enhance student performance using blended learning, merging face-to-face and online feedback for diverse and effective collaboration.
Supporting the Less Adaptive Student
Discover how blended learning and dispositional learning analytics help students from diverse backgrounds adapt to problem-based learning environments.
The use of blended learning from the perspective of students
Instructional best practice recommendations for the use of blended learning from the perspective of students to improve their learning experiences.
Modified Blended Learning in Engineering
AGH-UST adapted Building Automation Courses with blended learning strategies, balancing remote learning and hands-on experience during COVID-19.
Exploring student experience of formative assessment
Using various formative assessment types to help students to cope with workload of their course and their degree
By Anosh Butt
Staff-student partnerships to enhance assessment literacy
Exploring the weakest links in learning and teaching and most significant contributors to student dissatisfaction
The disconnect on what makes good feedback
Examine the gap between students and educators on effective feedback in higher education, emphasizing quality, personalization, and actionable improvement.
By Andrew Carlin
Rethinking models of feedback for learning - the challenge of design
Feedback is critical to education, yet the most heavily criticised aspect of courses in higher education.
Impacts of peer tutoring on academic performance
Researchers at a US university have demonstrated significant improvements in student grades through the introduction of student-led tutoring.
The Academic Benefits of Adding Exercise to University Lectures
Preventing mind-wandering in students during long lectures can be challenging. Getting them up and moving may be the key, say researchers at McMaster University, Canada.
Viewing Introductory Videos Prior to Lectures Aids Student Learning
A Malaysian university has found that introductory pre-lecture videos can lessen the demand on students’ visuospatial ability while increasing comprehension.
Reviewing teaching behaviour through classroom observations
Discover the importance of advanced teaching behaviors in higher education and how institutions can support lecturers to enhance student success.
By Georgie Crewdson
The Benefits for Students of Problem-Based Learning
Implementations of the problem-based learning approach can have a positive impact on students' learning - boosting motivation as well as results.
Feedback and Feedforward in UK Higher Education
The future of undergraduate assessment – The realities of audio feedback and novelties of feedforward for engagement undergraduate students
Achieving transparency in dissertation supervision
Elements of doctoral supervision need to be implemented to undergraduate dissertation supervision in the UK
Ensuring Academic Integrity during COVID-19 pandemic
Innovative assessment practices in the University of Glasgow and the University of Greenwich for assessing students’ skills instead of exams
The Academic Reader as a Pedagogical Device
A recent study has shown that invoking the academic reader can help international students understand the needs of their audience
By Sheik Abdul Malik
Disruption and Transformation via Lecture Recordings
Can teaching staff weather the disrupting effects of technology and incorporate lecture recordings into their existing pedagogies?
Digital Clinical Assessment – The New Normal?
Will assessing postgraduate medical and surgical students online lead to more problems than solutions?
Oral Examination as an Online Assessment Tool
Although face-to-face examination is unfeasible in online learning, conducting an online oral assessment can make interactions and discussions possible.
Flipping the Classroom for Small Group Settings
How can the flipped approach to teaching be adapted to suit small class sizes and tutorial style teaching?
Improving student experience and learning through peer review feedback
As a more effective way to improve feedback in Higher Education, Nicol et al. (2014) propose to include peer review, both receiving and providing feedback.
The aggregation of self-reflection sheets from assignment feedback can form part of a personal development plan.
Student Remediation Programmes in Higher Education
The teacher-student relationship is a critical factor in the remediation of struggling undergraduate students.
Trust and Active Learning
It can be challenging for lecturers to encourage trust from their students. A US study has explored the impact it may have on student performance.
Gamification in Statistics Teaching
A recent study has shown that adding challenge-based games to the teaching of statistics increases student test scores by almost 35%.
Active Learning Strategies
Active in-class learning can help foster community and student engagement in STEM classrooms, particularly with underrepresented groups.
Research Project Assessments and Supervisor Marking
Is general assessment more important than subject knowledge and scientific argument for marking student dissertations?
How Pretesting Students Helps Retain Their Attention
At any given lecture, between a third and a half of students may experience mind-wandering, with this increasing with time spent in the lecture.
Group work assessment best practice
Here we will look at advantages, disadvantages and recommendations for assessment in collaborative learning.
By Callum Wilson
Challenges of Collaborative Learning and its Assessment
By having students learn and work together, they can develop a variety of soft skills, but how do we assess collaborative learning activities?
Project-Based Learning in Engineering
A case study in the application of project based learning and the skills it aims to teach along with implementation strategies.
Inverted Learning: Turning Traditional Teaching Methods Upside-Down
Inverted learning techniques can offer numerous benefits and improvements in student satisfaction over traditional teaching methods.
By Sheik Malik
Audio and Video Feedback in Online Learning Environments
With increasing student numbers, video feedback is an opportunity to improve relationships with students and their perception of feedback
Students have found 2-stage examinations to be more useful for their learning, utilising a pool of knowledge to distribute exam pressures
With rising student numbers in further education, face-to-face feedback offers an opportunity to personalise feedback
Quectures - Flipped Classrooms and Polling
Pre-lecture material and engagement allows students to overcome their own misconceptions about topics
Increasing Student Engagement in Online Modules
This study highlights the importance of tutor engagement with students and other key aspects for the successful delivery of online courses.
Key Elements of Team Teaching
Important elements to be considered for a successful team-teaching experience (in Higher Education).
By Beatriz Casares
Student Feedback on Flipped Teaching
Flipping the classroom gets better results but how does it effect student feedback on, and performance in, their classes?