Bits & Pieces

The Quick Study: Principles of Good Feedback (plus 39 feedback activities!)

In our series The Quick Study, we take a walk through some key pedagogical ideas and texts as they’re presented in the peer-reviewed literature. Each post will summarise a contemporary or historically significant article, providing a refresher or entry point to further reading.

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Job opportunity: Lecturer in Higher Education Learning Design

UTS Faculty of Science is recruiting for a Lecturer in Higher Education Learning Design to play a key role in the development of students’ future focused graduate capabilities and professional identities.

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Why can’t we be friends? PowerPoint and active learning

The classic PowerPoint presentation – bullet point-riddled slides clicked through almost as if to distract you from actually listening to a lecture – is the hallmark of a style of teaching that treats students as passive receivers of information. There’s an argument for ditching that slideshow altogether. But Powerpoint is a pretty essential tool for keeping a session on track. So do you need to throw the slide deck out with the monologue?

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The Quick Study: Flipped Learning

In our new series The Quick Study, we’ll be taking a walk through some key pedagogical ideas and texts as they’re presented in the peer-reviewed literature. Each post will summarise a contemporary or historically significant article, providing a refresher or entry point to further reading.

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5 reasons to rethink the purpose of exams and to re-evaluate our approach

We have been educators for years. But have we ever thought about why we are having exams in our classes? What’s in it for the students? Are exams really necessary? We need to rethink the purpose of exams and to re-evaluate our approach as educators.

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Could WeChat make my life easier?

China’s most popular social media app has just reached 1 billion active users. It’s your Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, Instagram and believe it or not, your OK Cupid, all amalgamated into a SINGLE app. So why was I not on it?

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