Learning and teaching in a digitally connected world: Connectivism – Adam Matthews (External Relations)

In a digital world, information is everywhere, in a mobile phone, a fitness tracker and our brains. Not a science fiction film but the learning theory of connectivism. The HEFi19 conference looks to the 4th Industrial Revolution and how the development of artificial intelligence and automation continues to take advantage of big data to change … Continue reading “Learning and teaching in a digitally connected world: Connectivism – Adam Matthews (External Relations)”

The Big Conversation 2019

Research-intensive learning, teaching and curriculum at the University of Birmingham: Designing a model fit for the future The Big Conversation 2019 is a platform for staff, students, alumni and guests to share practices and debate ideas. More importantly, we need to settle on some principles and actions that will define our education offer for the … Continue reading “The Big Conversation 2019”

Let’s talk about inequalities, inclusion and belonging – by Prof. Kathy Armour, PVC Education

In order to open the Big Conversation 2019, I thought it would be helpful to consider the issue of inequalities. While it is difficult to prioritise any one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the challenge to reduce inequalities is particularly pertinent. In our University, we can see inequalities in action because we have … Continue reading “Let’s talk about inequalities, inclusion and belonging – by Prof. Kathy Armour, PVC Education”

Supporting Learners’ Digital Needs: Content-led Pedagogy – by Dr Victoria Goodyear (School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences)

Digital technologies have been heralded as providing new opportunities to transform education, learning and teaching. For example, education can be delivered at mass scale, boosting recruitment, income generation and international reach; learning can be more mobile, accessible and personalised; autonomous and self-motivated forms of learning can be promoted; and digital and online learning are cost-effective … Continue reading “Supporting Learners’ Digital Needs: Content-led Pedagogy – by Dr Victoria Goodyear (School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences)”

Big ideas: radical ways to reshape UK engineering education. By Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The UK is not producing enough engineers or engineering technicians, and those it is producing are typically from a strikingly narrow stratum of society. Not only do we need more engineers, we require a greater diversity of people to become engineers. We also need to help the general public become confident enough to engage with … Continue reading “Big ideas: radical ways to reshape UK engineering education. By Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers”

The Future of Higher Education; what do students think?

The Guild of Students hosted the Big Conversation recently, looking to further understand the future of Higher Education. Students were invited to stretch their minds and offer their inspirational views on the future of the University of Birmingham. What did our students have to say? Who knows how to teach better, the university or you? … Continue reading “The Future of Higher Education; what do students think?”

What will be the main differences between the way your subject is taught now and the way it is likely to be taught in the future? (Institute of Clinical Sciences led workshop: discussion responses)

In the future, for healthcare professional-oriented courses, there is likely to be much more of a need to teach students from different professions together in interprofessional groups. This might include a common initial curriculum that focuses on learning with patients, interpersonal skills, understanding information and presenting to others. It could extend to being a common … Continue reading “What will be the main differences between the way your subject is taught now and the way it is likely to be taught in the future? (Institute of Clinical Sciences led workshop: discussion responses)”

How will students want to learn (in your subject area)? (Institute of Clinical Sciences led workshop: discussion responses)

In health professions programmes, there is likely to be an increased demand for learning through simulation. Well-equipped and staffed simulation centres are attractive to students and can allow them to learn clinical skills in an environment that is safe for them and for patients. Use of simulation may extend to augmented reality and virtual reality … Continue reading “How will students want to learn (in your subject area)? (Institute of Clinical Sciences led workshop: discussion responses)”

Want to make good teachers? Make them run 10K

On January 1st 2017 around 2:45 in the morning I began to establish a series of New Year’s Resolutions knowing that I would achieve very few of them. Of course, most of them were incredibly generic: be more positive, be better with money (both of which I have already failed). I then chose the golden … Continue reading “Want to make good teachers? Make them run 10K”

‘What do you want to do when you leave university?’

When I go home after a term at University there is one question that I will unequivocally be asked: ‘what do you want to do when you leave university?’ This is typically met with a disinterested ‘I don’t know’ and the conversation stops there. However, recently I was asked ‘what do you want to change … Continue reading “‘What do you want to do when you leave university?’”