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Motivation

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Motivation may be a major factor in the approach taken to learning by students. Changing attitudes within the student body, increasing diversity amongst the student population, widening participation, outreach work, fees, and national policy and debates may all mean that the motivations observed by staff shift over time and context. The study of motivation in education (at all levels) is a large field and so presented here is a short summary of some categorisations regarding student motivation from the literature, along with an example question that we can ask about our own students to help understand their differing motivations better. (more…)

 

Scholarship of Learning and Teaching: First Steps

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Collected below are suggested example sources for ideas from the scholarship of learning and teaching. These are not the only sources, but some places to start that might be useful. Included are examples from different types of resources - textbooks, websites, tips/tricks, journals.

General Learning and Teaching Textbooks

booksThese are textbooks for learning and teaching in Higher Education which might be useful if you want a general book covering major aspects of university teaching. They are sometimes used as core texts on HE teaching programmes. All are available in the university library.

A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3rd Edition)
Fry, Ketteridge and Marshall (2009)
Bath University Library: Level 5 378.125 FRY
This handbook has chapters from a wide range of people covering (part 1) various different parts of teaching in higher education from large group to assessment etc. and also (part 2) chapters on teaching in the disciplines. A familiar textbook on many PGCerts in HE.

Learning to teach in higher education (2nd Edition)
Ramsden (2003)
Bath University Library: Level 5 378.5 RAM
Ramsden’s book presents a scholarly look at learning and teaching in higher education, covering many of the main issues and theories.

Teaching for quality learning at university: what the student does (3rd Edition)
John B. Biggs and Catherine Tang (2007)
Bath University Library: Level 5 378.17 BIG
This book sets about introducing constructive alignment in detail and looking at how to actually go about implementing it in practice. (more…)

 

Peer marking for writing skills

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Prof Andrew Heath, from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, describes how he uses peer marking in a course to help students develop writing skills as they attempt lab reports:

In this second video, Prof Heath discusses his experience of the practicalities and choices in setting up peer marking for the first time:

 

 

Knowing yourself as a teacher

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Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, reflects on the importance of knowing yourself as a teacher and where that may be an advantage or a disadvantage.

 

Different sources of feedback

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Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, reflects on the useful and sometimes unexpected little ideas gained from additional feedback from different sources, even when one thinks things are going well.

 

Cultural contexts and approaches

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Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, discusses some ways in which the different cultural and academic backgrounds of his students lead to different approaches, which may be at odds with the required approach in a session.

 

Guiding the learning path

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Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, discusses how he views he role as a guide leading students to see connections and through a path of concepts he wants them to explore, but to see this for themselves

 

Balancing style, goals and students

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Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, discusses the balance between ones own personal style as a teacher, the specific learning goals you have for a course and the students preferences and what they want. Can you please everyone?