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

E-learning and inclusion

Friday, 13 June 2014

Recently, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to spend a day with the European Access Network conference that was meeting this year in the UK. It was a wonderfully cosmopolitan gathering, with delegates not just from across Europe but also from the US and Australia, all of whom shared a commitment to promoting participation in higher education and wrestling with the challenges that this involves. Always with such events, there is much to provoke thought in an encounter with the experience and expertise of others. Our focus was reflection on the possibilities for widening participation represented by technology and...

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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life…

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

A Group of Students walking through campus
There are people sat at home. They know they’ve got the ideas. We need to reach those people. We need to be able to say, ‘look, you’re clever. Come on, let’s do something. Make a difference…You can do it.’ That’s what I like to get across to people.
This is a comment from one of our students who was filmed for the new promotional video which highlights the benefits of studying for our Contemporary and Professional Studies (CAPS) degree. CAPS is an interdisciplinary degree, which means it is a mix of...

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Public Engagement, MOOCs and eLearning

Wednesday, 08 January 2014

It’s an interesting and exciting time to be working in Higher Education. For a number of years universities have focused public engagement efforts on face-to-face activities. For example at the Lifelong Learning Centre we offer non-credit bearing courses in Arabic and Islamic Studies, a series of public seminars centred around the courses that we teach and our Spring into Summer programme of short courses taught by tutors from across the academic spectrum at the University of Leeds. The University is now branching out into new areas of public...

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Pass the Russian doll to explain research methods

Friday, 25 October 2013

We often find at the Lifelong Learning Centre that our students can find academic concepts such as research methods daunting as they are not familiar with the terminology used. As these concepts can be confusing we are always looking for innovative ways to explain them. Our Business Management students on the Research Methods module recently participated in an interactive version of the Russian Doll Principle, developed by Clough and Nutbrown* to guide their thinking around research projects. This module gives students a taste of core components of the research project...

Categories: Business and Management, Learning, Research

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A Wise Move?

Monday, 12 August 2013

In my role as the Lifelong Learning Centre Biology Tutor, I am keen to keep up with the latest in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) especially when a piece of technology that captures my interest and/or promises tangible benefits for relatively little investment. This year I decided to give PeerWise a go. I’d heard good things about it and as the official blurb states: “PeerWise is an online repository of multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated and discussed by student” I thought it would be ideal for my Biology students. As both a concept and piece of...

Categories: Learning, Science

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