Promoting student engagement in learning activities

Originally published in Forum Magazine, Issue 41, Autumn 2016. The design of student work, both within and outside of contact hours, is central to the York Pedagogy. This focus is inspired by research which has shown that educational gain is maximised when learning activities are carefully-designed to increase student engagement in their learning. Here Dr … Continue reading Promoting student engagement in learning activities

Thinking at the core of employability

Cecilia Lowe, Head of Learning Enhancement, considers the value of critical thinking skills in graduate employability (Forum Viewpoint article, Summer 2016).  Cecilia Lowe will be delivering a workshop on ‘An academic approach to employability’ at the York Learning & Teaching Conference 2016, ‘Value Added Graduates’, Tuesday 7 June. Places are still available to attend –Conference Programme –Booking … Continue reading Thinking at the core of employability

The holistic student

Thomas Ron and Chris Wall discuss how linking societies and academic departments can help students reach their full potential (Forum Viewpoint article, Summer 2016). Thomas Ron will be delivering a workshop on 'the holistic student' at the York Learning & Teaching Conference 2016, ‘Value Added Graduates’, Tuesday 7 June. Places are still available to attend –Conference … Continue reading The holistic student

A practical model of graduate employability

Lorraine Dacre Pool (University of Central Lancashire) discusses the key components of graduate employability development through an exploration of the CareerEDGE Model (Forum Feature article, Summer 2016). Lorriane will be delivering the Keynote address at the York Learning & Teaching Conference 2016, 'Value Added Graduates', Tuesday 7 June. Places are still available to attend - Conference … Continue reading A practical model of graduate employability

New look for Forum magazine: Employability special edition

For the Summer 2016 issue we have a new look for Forum. This issue of the magazine is linked to the University of York Learning and Teaching Conference which focuses on ‘value added graduates’. With articles on ‘developing skills for industry’,  ‘authentic ‘real world’ assessments’, ‘group student research-led projects’ and blogging. As well as, viewpoints … Continue reading New look for Forum magazine: Employability special edition

Derwent Global Community

Eleanor Brown and Lynda Dunlop secured Rapid Response Funding to explore developing capabilities through a non-formal learning community focused on international development and human rights It is widely acknowledged that higher education offers great opportunities for students to develop as learners, as future employees and as citizens. Much of this learning and development takes place … Continue reading Derwent Global Community

One size does not fit all, but we can offer a framework for alterations: tailoring mental health social interventions for diverse contexts

Meredith Fendt-Newlin and Martin Webber received a Rapid Response Fund grant to develop learning materials to teach students how to adapt evidence-based social interventions for use with service users from diverse cultural backgrounds and within resource-poor environments Diversity in Social Work practice Social workers in professional practice work with some of the most disadvantaged and … Continue reading One size does not fit all, but we can offer a framework for alterations: tailoring mental health social interventions for diverse contexts

Student self-reflection, interaction and teacher corrective feedback: L2 Chinese writing pilot project

Dan Li discusses a Rapid Response Funded pilot project increasing student engagement and promoting reflective learning in the process of feedback Project aims and rationale Corrective feedback (CF) is formal or informal information given to learners on their performance on various tasks. It has been regarded as a controversial topic in second language (L2) teaching … Continue reading Student self-reflection, interaction and teacher corrective feedback: L2 Chinese writing pilot project

Flipping a Chemistry Lecture Course

Andy Parsons discusses the introduction of a new Biochemistry module which gave the Department of Chemistry the opportunity to innovate by using flipped teaching. Last year, a newly introduced Strategy to Synthesis in Organic Chemistry module included a lecture course on Retrosynthetic Analysis, abbreviated RSA. (This is a technique for determining how to prepare valuable … Continue reading Flipping a Chemistry Lecture Course

Flipping classrooms! The potential for flipped learning approaches in implementing the new Learning and Teaching strategy

Bill Soden explores the potential for flipping our teaching as a means to more interactive classrooms The York Learning and Teaching strategy highlights the use of technology to “…optimise the contribution to learning and the guidance of students’ independent study”, suggesting at the same time that online resources /asynchronous activities can be a means to … Continue reading Flipping classrooms! The potential for flipped learning approaches in implementing the new Learning and Teaching strategy