Large group sizes: the challenge of facilitating effective learning

The undergraduate-nursing programme within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences attracts large cohorts of students that are increasing year on year. This presents challenges to ensure effective facilitation of learning in larger groups, with potential issues around staff preparedness, provision of appropriate learning spaces, as well as staff and student satisfaction. With this in… Read more »

Journal of Information Literacy vol 9 (2) now out

Thanks to editor Emma Coonan for sharing Dear Colleagues, I am thrilled to announce that volume 9(2) of the Journal of Information Literacy is now available at – please find the table of contents below. As a first-time editor, it has been an absolute privilege to be involved with the publication of this issue… Read more »

Tools to be included in the TEL Toolkit

The recent workshops on the TEL Toolkit have been very good for gathering a wide range of input on the Toolkit and related issues. For the launch in February, we have identified the initial tranch of TEL tools that we would like to include.  After the launch, there will be further tools added and we… Read more »

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) release of latest OER report (thanks to Cable Green)

Greetings OER Friends: In case you missed this good news… The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its latest OER report yesterday: Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation, Educational Research and Innovation. (PDF) OECD post re-tweet CC post re-tweet Creative Commons (CC) is also pleased to see OECD using a CC license… Read more »

New HEA Report on Independent Learning

Colleagues, I am sure you will be interested in this: From the HEA website: This study examines students’ perspectives and experiences of independent learning in higher education in the UK. It was commissioned by the HEA and undertaken by the NUS and Liz Thomas Associates LTA between February and July 2015. It built on a… Read more »

CELebrate 2016

The second annual CELebrate event will take place on 13-15 April 2016. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase how you innovate to improve student learning in any way, but particularly this year around key CEL themes of assessment and feedback, technology enhanced learning and employability. If you are interested in proposing a session and… Read more »

The Placement Experience of International Students

Dr Marcellus Mbah, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in CEL recently presented the results of a study he carried out with Kelly Goodwin on the placement experience of international students. The workshop was organised by the Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning Network of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and drew participants from more than… Read more »

Lego Serious Play

Dr Tim Gale, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management Head of Education and Professional Practice, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Faculty of Management,tells us below about Lego Serious Play: For some time now I have been using Lego Serious Play to facilitate discussion in class (sparingly, as you can have too much of a good thing),… Read more »