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Aim 5: First class education and technology

Teaching is a complex activity, as is learning. There is no single ‘best’ way to teach. In the UK, high quality teaching is currently perceived as teaching for understanding or for meaning rather than encouraging rote-learning for regurgitation of factual information. Social constructivist approaches encourage problem-based learning and students learning through talking, challenging, explaining, and learning from and with peers. Assessment, and especially formative assessment, is seen as a means of supporting and encouraging learning, and feedback can be conceived as feed-forward, so that students can make use of their feedback in new contexts. More innovative forms of assessment may focus on skill development or creativity, rather than knowledge per se, recognising that skills which relate to employability are increasingly important.

The use of technology for learning, and digital fluency, are also seen as key to the future, with models of blended learning being developed, and students making use of a range of technologies to enhance their learning, from blogs and wikis, to following lectures online. There are continuing debates about the importance of student attendance for learning and success, about the nature of student engagement with their studies to best promote learning and successful achievement, and about the kinds of support that students need through their transition into university and through personal tutors and others to give all students the best opportunities for success.

 

+ Study skills

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+ Supporting students

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+ Innovative teaching

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+ Becoming an innovative teacher

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+ Technology in educational theory

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+ Technology in education in practice

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