Making Life Difficult: Testing to Improve Learning

It may sometimes feel – and be the case – that the nature and structure of modern higher education leads students to focus upon performance, and that we dedicate ourselves to teaching in ways that are designed, at least in part, to eventuate in short-term student achievement.  We, therefore, spend time finding ways to allow…

Getting Stuck: On Threshold Concepts

Why do some students get stuck on particular disciplinary concepts? Why is it that this difficulty is sometimes encountered when the concepts seem perfectly straightforward to us as their teachers, or when other students in the same cohort  grasp them with ease? Investigating this question in the context of an ESRC funded project on Enhancing…

Student Engagement

Our meeting on the 11th March 2016 addresses the topic of student engagement, something of a buzzword in recent years.  The focus will be on whether and to what extent the concepts of ‘student engagement’ and ‘disengagement’ help us to understand the complex factors underpinning current concerns in teaching and learning in higher education. The…