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Calling all Research Supervisors!

Supervising Research Students workshop 23 September One of the most rewarding and, in some cases, demanding academic roles is that of research supervisor. The changing nature of the PhD and the increasing focus on training for students and supervisors makes this a timely workshop. The Harris report and the issued guidelines from several of the Research Councils as well as the University’s own Regulations and Code of Practice, talk about the roles and responsibilities of supervisors. Continue reading →

Student TEL Survey 2015

What do students think about TEL at the University? What are their expectations around Blackboard (or any VLE we use), recorded lectures or online submission? The ILIaD student TEL survey for 2015 aims to provide a benchmark in this area. The results will provide a comparison to staff responses to a similar survey which ran earlier this academic year. The results of both surveys will also feed into further work being carried out across the University in faculties and professional services. Continue reading →


Fiona Harvey's insight: Some good stuff here. How digital is your leadership? Lead from the top. This report also includes benefits of digital including what employees think. There is also a reference to moocs as being a 'new way of learning' not really. The model we have seen proliferating isn't new, its a broadcast model. They are right to look at it though as it could lead to change. Worth reading, not very long with useful highlights. See it on Scoop. Continue reading →

Review – Getting Started in Pedagogic Research

The Getting Started in Pedagogic Research guide was produced a result of activity carried out under the auspices of the National HE STEM Programme in 2011-12. It was developed for individuals who were new to undertaking pedagogic research, and although its focus is on STEM disciplines, the content is transferable across other fields of study. Its purpose is "to provide an accessible introduction to pedagogic research along with a practical guide containing hints and tips on how to get started. Continue reading →

Peer Instruction For Computer Science – The Neighborhood

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD  The Neighborhood is a special  Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics.    In this post of The Neighborhood, three computer scientists who are leading the charge to transform Computer Science (CS) eduction with Peer Instruction (PI) answer common questions they get about Mazur’s method and weigh in on why PI is a good fit for CS.  Join Drs. Continue reading →

Peer Instruction with a Twist of Innovation and a Social Studies Teacher

In our first post of 2014, Peer Instruction Network member, Mr. George Phillip, describes how he moved from a thoughtful teacher to someone who is innovating in his social studies classroom with Flipped Teaching and Peer Instruction. While his unique twists on Peer Instruction evolved from a 5th and 6th grade classroom, they have implications for use in a range of classrooms. Continue reading →