An inclusive approach to the ‘virtual campus’ – keeping student experiences in focus

Institutional responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have necessarily prompted a sharp and sudden change in learning and teaching as both staff and students move to what we’re calling ‘a virtual campus’. In the context of self-isolation and social distancing, this reflects a wider trend across the sector. The cancellation...

Developing the student voice in five easy steps

“In all of my work in education, there has never been a more motivating or driving force than student voice.” Andrew Marcinek (Educator) Note: These five easy steps are based on my own personal learning experiences as a Programme Leader and Portfolio Lead on the BA Education Studies and Childhood...

Letting students’ voices be heard: building effective learning relationships and increasing outcomes on the 2-year accelerated BA (Hons) in Primary Education

Two-year degrees, often referred to as ‘accelerated degrees’, are intensive degree programmes that offer increased flexibility in Higher Education (HE) with the traditional three years of study condensed into a two-year period. Accelerated degrees are becoming a more appealing option for many students seeking HE study (Baty, 2017; Cabral and...

An inclusive approach to the ‘virtual campus’ – keeping student experiences in focus

Institutional responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have necessarily prompted a sharp and sudden change in learning and teaching as both staff and students move to what we’re calling ‘a virtual campus’. In the context of self-isolation and social distancing, this reflects a wider trend across the sector. The cancellation...

Developing the student voice in five easy steps

“In all of my work in education, there has never been a more motivating or driving force than student voice.” Andrew Marcinek (Educator) Note: These five easy steps are based on my own personal learning experiences as a Programme Leader and Portfolio Lead on the BA Education Studies and Childhood...

Letting students’ voices be heard: building effective learning relationships and increasing outcomes on the 2-year accelerated BA (Hons) in Primary Education

Two-year degrees, often referred to as ‘accelerated degrees’, are intensive degree programmes that offer increased flexibility in Higher Education (HE) with the traditional three years of study condensed into a two-year period. Accelerated degrees are becoming a more appealing option for many students seeking HE study (Baty, 2017; Cabral and...

‘Keepin’ it real and Sharin’ good practice’ – Insights from the Sociology and Combined Honours Degrees

Using that Sociological Imagination in assessin’ and feedin’ back A prevalent feature in our programme is the ‘Sociological Imagination’ – a term coined by C. Wright Mills (1959:6) emphasising ‘the vivid awareness of the relationship between experience and the wider society’. This is reflected in our research and teaching,  as...

University of Greenwich BAME Attainment Gap Project – Phase 2

At the University of Greenwich we are proud to have a diverse community, where students and staff are supported to achieve their full potential. We are working to address the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) attainment gap, which has been consistently identified as an issue across the sector over a...

Mentimeter: our student response system, available to all students and staff

Mentimeter is a university-wide tool that enables electronic voting, contributions, discussion prompts and questioning in and outside of taught sessions.  To sign in or sign up, go to: http://mentimeter.com/join/greenwich “It radically improves the connection between lecturer and audience, and makes the process of teaching feel more collaborative.”Dr Oliver Robinson, Programme Leader, BSc...

Open Lecture on Digital Capabilities

In last week’s Open Lecture, I had the opportunity to welcome a former colleague and friend from Plymouth University, who has been a pioneer in te field of learning technologies for over 20 years.  Steve Wheeler talked about ‘Literacies and competencies for learning in the digital age’. In his thought-provoking talk, Steve...

Open Lecture on ‘Dismantling the Curriculum’

Our second Open Lecture on Teaching, Learning & Assessment for 2017-18 was on Critical Pedagogy. Prof Richard Hall from De Montfort University delivered a thought provoking talk, raising important issues about the increasing marketisation of HE and its negative impact on staff/students, as ‘it creates a narrative that catalyses ill-health or quitting and a rise in anxiety’....

Open Lecture on Learning Gain

Our initial Open Lecture for the 2017-18 academic year was on Learning Gain and was delivered by Prof Simon Lancaster from East Anglia University, who reflected on his personal experiences based on feedback from his own students but also from his participation to an institutional project on learning gain. Learning gain is often used to measure the learning...