Ask the Experts Archive

Ask the Experts Archive

In each of our previous issues, we've answered a question from the Univerity community on issues related to learning and teaching:

Issue 7 - Where can you publish educational scholarship?

Q: I would very much be interested in a summary of potential targets for outputs, e.g. suitable journals to publish in.

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Issue 6 - How can I building scholarship into my teaching timetable?

So you've done one scholarship project and your head of school thinks that’s enough; where do you go? How do I get time for scholarship projects in amongst teaching / lecturing / planning / marking etc - how do I build scholarship into my schedule?

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Issue 5 - How do I balance teaching on modules undertaken simultaneously by UG and PGT students?

I would like tips on how to teach courses that are open to both Honours and Masters students concurrently. I am due to do this next semester, and this is already causing me all sorts of trouble. How can I make seminars relevant to both levels? My Masters exercises are too complex for the Honours level, but if I just teach to the Honours level students, how can I bring the Masters cohort up to standard? I have a separate Moodle page so that I can adjust readings etc

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Issue 4 - What can I do when course evaluation recommendations don't align with the direction of School learning & teaching policy?

What do you do if an evaluation you have done flies in the face of the learning & teaching direction your School is going in? How do you convince others who don't want to listen/ hear that if the School is going in a particular direction we may need to consider how to support students not in favour of that direction?

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Issue 3 - Can LEADS support me in educational research & scholarship?

As someone with very little experience in research or scholarship, is there any way in which LEADS would support me to actually carry out my proposed scholarship project? I don’t feel like I have enough experience to do it alone. 

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Issue 2 - Do I need ethical permission for educational research?

When is ethical permission required for educational research/scholarship and when is it not? I'm thinking about Moodle analytics, class sizes, grades. And will journals have the same rules for this as UofG? 

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Issue 1 - Can differentiation in my classroom work? What is blended learning?

Differentiation, where students within the same class are given different tasks appropriate to their skill level, is a common technique in schools (as I understand it). I was wondering if it is used in higher education, and if so, how it is done and whether there is evidence for it being successful? 

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I think many in our college [Arts] would like to know 'What does "blended learning" mean?'. We are trying to raise awareness of blended techniques, so this would be a helpful question to answer.  

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