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Currencies for engagement

“How do I engage my students in an activity if I can’t award them marks?” This question about engaging students in formative activities determines the strategies of many academics and consequently the experience of their students. Some academics say, “If I need my students turn up and take part I will need to ensure that…

News from the SHU Transformational Learning SIG

Report from the Transformational Learning SIG 1 February 2018 The Transformational Learning Special Interest Group is an open and autonomous group of academics from all faculties. It has been meeting every six weeks to explore ideas around the theory of Transformative Learning, a concept originated by Jack Mezirow (2000) and subsequently developed by others. The…

Developing student’s apirations

A new article, Developing Students’ Becoming and Aspirations, looks at the relationship of fostering becoming to learner engagement and motivation. A brief review of the literature suggests that having a disciplinary identity is a prerequisite to students developing deep and meaningful engagement in their course. The article highlights how academics and students can foster course identity…

Classroom management

To be an inspirational teacher you first have to have control. If a class feels as though it is challenging your authority, you need to put in place strategies that put things back on course. Knowing how to manage disruption in your classroom or lecture theatre is particularly challenging because turning for help can feel…

Developing learner motivation

A new briefing in the Learner Engagement toolkit looks at the importance of motivating students and how this can be achieved. The briefing complements a curriculum innovation workshop offer. Both cover the following strategies and methods, Initialising engagement by establishing a ‘big picture’ The benefits of agreeing what learning works with students by exploring previous…