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Post Category: Learning and Teaching

Below is a list of all posts in the category Learning and Teaching.

University of the Year

Friday, 23 September 2016

As of today we have become the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of the Year and rightly proud of this recognition of what Leeds stands for and has achieved! It is not always the case that lifelong learning is aligned with the core values and mission of universities – in too many places it can feel a marginal activity or one that is somehow marching to the beat of a different drum from that of the rest of the institution. But this is emphatically not so at Leeds. The values that underpin lifelong learning are exactly the values...

Categories: Achievements, Learning and Teaching, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Widening Participation

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Firm foundations

Friday, 05 February 2016

Saturday 30th January saw the latest event delivered as part of the Lifelong Learning Centre’s Realise programme, an ongoing area of work which aims to encourage people from areas of socio-economic disadvantage to progress to Higher Education. Subject tasters form a central plank of this work, and this event focused on the two Foundation Degrees, in Child and Family Studies and Learning and Teaching, which are delivered in-house by the LLC. Participating were adult learners mostly, although not exclusively, studying towards related childcare qualifications at Leeds City College, who had heard about the event through...

Categories: Blogging, Learning and Teaching, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Widening Participation

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A class act

Friday, 30 October 2015

As our first year BA Professional Studies students have been finding, a broad, interdisciplinary perspective is needed when analysing the contemporary worlds of work, politics and media representation. The programme requires students to develop an understanding of their own personal and professional identities by thinking through real-world problems and solutions, drawing on social theory, business and economic perspectives as well as literature, film and newspaper analysis. I recently organised for Dr Matt Davies from the University of Chester to come and give a talk about his research into the way newspapers represent trade unions and...

Categories: Learning and Teaching, Professional Studies, Student Experience

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Looking back, looking forward…

Thursday, 08 October 2015

2014/15 was another successful year for our Certificate of Higher Education in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, with 14 students completing their studies and graduating from the LLC. These students will be able to draw on new skills, display greater confidence and bring new perspectives to whichever path they choose to follow, and we wish them all the best for the future. A number of our graduates have joined level two of the BA Islamic Studies degree taught by University colleagues in the Department of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. They follow in the footsteps...

Categories: Achievements, Arabic, Graduation, Learning and Teaching, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Part-Time Students, Student Experience

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What is blended learning?

Friday, 05 June 2015

The following blog post is a collaboration between two members of Lifelong Learning Centre teaching staff, Felix Janeway and Beccy Stirrup.  In its Blended Learning Strategy, the University of Leeds defines blended learning as ‘‘the considered, complementary use of face-to-face teaching, technology, online tools and resources to enhance student education.” This definition emphasises the value of having face-to-face, adaptable and responsive teaching as part of the learning experience. Instead of focusing on technology, it gives a name to something that we, as teachers, already inherently know. As Freeman (2013) argues, straightforward lecturing does not convey information well - instead...

Categories: Learning and Teaching

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