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Post Category: Learning

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

Leeds to New York Student Leadership Programme: Reflections

Monday, 25 July 2016

The following is part two of a guest post by Roland Maposa, a mature student who has just completed his first year studying full-time on our BA Professional Studies programme. Click here to read part one, 'Leeds to New York'. What makes a city Smart? Leeds has a history as an innovative and outward-looking city. For example, it has produced the likes of John Marshall (the first elevator), Louis Le Prince (who shot the world's first motion film in 1888, showing Leeds bridge) Joseph Priestley and the

Categories: Achievements, Learning, Mature Students, Professional Studies, Student Voices


Time well-spent

Thursday, 10 December 2015

We’ve had a really positive end to the first semester of this year’s Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) programme, with our learners giving a ten-minute presentation on a self-selected topic for their Applied Information Literacy module. Our mature part-time learners are three months into their return to study and were briefed to focus on a local issue and consider this from a national, political and academic perspective. Topics covered included:
  • the housing crisis;
  • funding cuts to SureStart centres;
  • burglary;
  • NHS cuts;
  • The Leeds Cycle Super Highway;
  • male suicide;
  • alcoholism;
  • legal highs;
  • domestic abuse;
  • child grooming;
  • zero hours contracts;
  • prison over-crowding;
  • homelessness;
  • extremism and terrorism;
  • child-centred play therapy.
The presentations evidenced academic research skills,...

Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Interdisciplinary Studies, Learning, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Voices, Widening Participation


Feeling inspired…

Friday, 17 July 2015

Very occasionally there are episodes of the popular TV show Doctor Who where previous incarnations of The Doctor return to the show and we have the rare chance to see not one Doctor on screen but two, three, four and, if memory serves me right, on one occasion five. It may seem a very tenuous link but last Saturday felt like one of these episodes – sharing a day at the end of the academic year with current students from the Lifelong Learning Centre - reflecting back on their achievements over the last twelve months  - as well as...

Categories: Achievements, Learning, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Conference, Student Experience, Student Voices


A celebration of learning!

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

The following blog is a guest post from Matt Masters, who has just finished the first year of a Civil Engineering degree after completing his Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year with the Lifelong Learning Centre. I presented at last year’s LLC Student Conference at the suggestion of my personal tutor. During the course of the year I completed a scientific report on a subject of my choosing as part of my Skills to Succeed in the Sciences module and it was this subject that I chose to present at the 2014 conference. I enjoyed presenting at the event and...

Categories: Achievements, Learning, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Student Conference, Student Experience, Student Voices


Gamification and gamifying (higher) education

Monday, 09 February 2015

I am the LLC's Blended Learning Co-ordinator and Programme Leader for Creative Writing. With titles like these it may come as no surprise to you that I have an interest in creative approaches to education. For the past few years I have found the subject of gamification to be particularly exciting, and as I've been given the opportunity to talk about it at the World Unite Festival next week I thought it might be interesting to blog about it as well. Gamification is essentially the use of game mechanics in everyday situations to try...

Categories: Learning