We need to discuss Failure Bragging

It’s nearly resit season, and even when it’s not, how many times do we hear a student leave an assessment bragging about how much they’ve failed it. Of course, we don’t actually consider it bragging, I’m not sure what we do consider it. Is it a veiled form of apology for considering one’s efforts to […]

Doing your own assessments

I have been producing sample work this past year for the distance learning courses at the request of the Shadow Teacher. For the first item, an essay plan, providing sample work has resulted in a significant improvement in the work submitted over last year. It is probably more essential in Transnational education to be extremely […]

Uncomfortable Formats

First written in October 2015 and dredged out the drafts folder as I am yet again prepping for a distance learning module. I’m in the middle of prepping the first week of course materials for a distance learning module.  In theory I am converting a 1st/2nd year module delivered through 12 2-hour workshops in to […]

Alternative Assessment

As per always,  LTHE chat gets me thinking and as per always, 140 characters is insufficient to explore those thoughts fully on twitter. The conversation thread was about inclusivity and the barriers to offering students alternative assessment formats as would be appropriate to specific needs. We’re used to handling obvious stuff such as extensions to […]

Not the What but the Why

I have genuinely been puzzled, not by what someone was doing (because let’s face it, I deal with students, what is irrelevant), but by the why. Smart phones are great in an education setting, looking up information, lecture notes, keeping track of timetables, your diary and your email. And playing games when there’s a class […]

The Eternal Pain of Group Work

I set more group work now than I used to, in both 1st and 2nd year. It’s always interesting when it is group work season because the students are somewhat more fraught than normal and  staff (myself included) are enhancing their diplomatic skills. I always feel like running group work is like putting out fires: […]

2017: the year of cruelty?

July ’17: I started this in mid-February, but can’t quite recall what sparked me off on this particular tangent. But reading it this morning, with all the brouhaha about tuition fees and student debt, brexit-bobbins, and the escalating levels of may-hem, it still seems fairly relevant. Just because society is getting harsher (and at times […]

Chemistry within Education for Sustainable Development #LTHEchat #HEAchat

Tonight’s #LTHEChat and #HEAChat is on Education for Sustainable Development. I thought I’d drain the swamp of my head with some preliminary thoughts. We run a module called ‘Sustainable Chemistry’. It started several years ago as a 15-credit whole year 2nd year module and covered topics in sustainability, chemistry of technology, industrial chemistry, and various […]