Tag Archives: Higher Education

#LTHEchat 251: Working in the third space to support learning and teaching. Led by @dixxyd and @emilythemac 8pm UK.

What is the ‘third space’? Third space is a term used in a HE context primarily to describe activity taking place between academic and professional settings (Whitchurch, 2008 and 2013) – in contemporary HE more and more roles have been … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 249 Supporting disabled students to fulfil their potential in H.E – transforming attitudes, processes and provision. Led by @DrEllieDavison, @jocopson_ and disabled students from the University of Lincoln. Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 20:00 UK.

Almost one in five Higher Education students is disabled (Office for Students, 2022a) and disabled students are statistically less likely than non-disabled students to complete their course or to graduate with first or upper second class degrees (Office for Students, … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 248: Digital capabilities. Led by @sumingkhoo Wed 23rd November 8pm UK.

It’s been a bit of a rush to get this blog out this week as it’s that busy time of the semester, when teaching duties run up against administrative and research deadlines. Thanks to Tim Fawns for kindly swapping with … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 247 Entangled pedagogy in design and institutional collaboration. Led by @timbocop Wed 16th November 8pm UK.

“Entangled pedagogy” is a way of thinking about complexity in education, and how different elements combine to in emergent activity.  In the diagram above (which is more fully explained in the Entangled Pedagogy OER and journal paper), I try to … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 246: Podcasting in Higher Education: Informing Practice or Just Podcrastination? Led by @MarkChilds and @JSecker Wed 9th November 8pm UK.

There are many, many podcasts about higher education out there. Feedspot lists their top 45 in the UK https://blog.feedspot.com/uk_education_podcasts/ which are a mix of discussions about higher education policy, advice to students and explorations of the role of technology in … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 240 Transition: Led by Emma Palmer @TheEmmaPalmer 14th Sept 2022, 8pm BST.

Introduction. For the first #LTHEchat of the academic year, transition seems to be a fitting theme as we are all starting the new academic year. There may be excitement and nerves along the way – both for students and staff! … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 210: Re-Thinking Responsibility: The role of Higher Education

“The Principles for Responsible Management Education have the capacity to take the case for universal values and business into classrooms on every continent.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon This week’s hosts @DrClaireMay @drsustainable @DrJLouw2 This week we welcome an #LTHEchat takeover … Continue reading

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#LTHEChat 202: Integrating flexible assessment for inclusion

Today’s Host Dr. D. Theresa Nicholson is a Reader (Higher Education and Pedagogy) in the Department of Natural Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is an AdvanceHE National Teaching Fellow (2020) and HEA Principal Fellow. Theresa is best known for … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 176: How do students engage with learning technologies? With guest host Professor Momna Hejmadi @bssmvh

The impact of covid has brought with it the potential to rethink, maybe radically, traditional pedagogies. However, the emergence and adoption of new technologies may not necessarily be used in a consistent manner across modules, courses and institutions. This diversity … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 163: The Role of Curriculum Frameworks in Higher Education with Adam Longcroft @AdamL50 and Iain Cross @iain_d_cross

The last decade has seen rapid and dramatic changes in the higher education landscape in the UK. The lifting of the ‘cap’ on student numbers led to increased competition between higher education institutions (HEIs) and the influence of new market forces, whilst the introduction of the OfS has seen the replacement of a relatively benign funding body, with a new sector regulator.

In this LTHE Chat session the aim is to encourage colleagues across the sector to reflect on the current position of their own institutions in relation to Curriculum Frameworks (i.e. has a perceived need for one been identified? Is a debate underway? Is a framework in place? Is it being implemented?), and to consider the potential benefits that an institutional level Curriculum Framework might bring?

Furthermore, we’d like colleagues to consider what a Curriculum Frameworks focus on? Structural reform or consistency, regulatory consistency, innovative approaches to learning and teaching, student co-creation, or inclusivity? Or a combination of all of these things? What are the obstacles and constraints encountered elsewhere or likely to inhibit such developments and how can these be overcome?

Who should be the key stakeholders, collaborators and/or champions? How can buy-in be secured, not just from senior managers, but also from academic and professional services staff, and students? What are the legitimate objectives of a Curriculum Framework, and how might we measure its impact?

What may have seemed like stability has been replaced by a culture of what sometimes feels like an avalanche of rapid and fundamental changes, some of which impinge on the financial sustainability of institutions and some of which have driven major cultural changes – not least a rapid shift in student expectations of the higher education experience, and the relationship between institutions and their students. The relative strengths and performance of HEIs is now more transparent than ever, and reflected (however crudely) via published university league tables, NSS results and TEF rankings. Continue reading

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