Category Archives: Student engagement

Is knowledge worth testing any more? Is testing knowledge ‘Authentic’?

I was challenged recently at a Learning and Teaching conference about how I assess students in Biosciences. Apparently my assessment methods are ‘not authentic’ and ‘overly test knowledge’ on the basis that almost every module on my course is in … Continue reading

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Should we adopt more active learning at the expense of cutting the STEM curriculum?

A few things have been troubling me recently. Do I teach too much stuff? Is teaching on my course too didactic? Am I over-reliant on knowledge transfer and passive learning? Do my students forget everything they have learnt on the … Continue reading

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Comments on Deslauriers “Improved learning in a large-enrollment physics class”.

The role of traditional teaching is taking a beating from some/many quarters in HE. Often the evidence against traditional teaching is from educational research which by the standards of a typical scientist, is rather questionable. This is a pity as … Continue reading

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Active vs. passive learning in STEM: Is a little better than a lot?

Lecturers who lecture have been getting a lot of stick recently for their ‘sage on the stage’, didactic, boring lectures. I have even heard it said that the brain is more active when asleep compared to in lectures (maybe that’s … Continue reading

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iCard: The low-tech, low cost tool for assessing student engagement in large groups

In this post, I discuss my initial use of simple coloured card voting system for assessing student understanding in a large group University setting. Not a novel concept, but simple and effective. There have been some amusing Twitter debates recently … Continue reading

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