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Bloom's taxonomy - assessment and active learning

A-Z of assessment methods

Assessment is currently the cornerstone of measurement of attainment in education and as such must be valid, reliable, transparent and equitable. It must test what it says it will test in assignment briefs in ways that are clear to students, achievable, and actually test what a module or programme of learning sets out in its […]

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Sir Ken Robinson - Bring on the learning revolution

Bring on the learning revolution

The learning revolution was the focus of a seminal 2010 TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson. Watched over five million times, creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Although the focus here is on […]

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iPads in the classroom literature review

In 2013 the London Knowledge Lab published a literature review into use of iPads for learning in the compulsory education sector. Many of the findings in the literature review and executive summary are transferrable to post-compulsory sectors, hence inclusion here. Following is an excerpt from the executive summary: In the three years since the iPad […]

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Digital education

Digital education – what the research says

The term digital education encompasses the profound challenges posed to learning, teaching and training in the digital age and the resulting changes to learning and teaching practice. In 2015 the London Knowledge Lab in collaboration with University of Nottingham and the Open University launched the first of a new series of events designed for those […]

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Supporting student group work

This resource came about as a result of a Westminster Change Academy (WCA) Project “Supporting Student Group work” lead by John Begg in the University of Westminster Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. It is intended to provide guidance for staff using assessed group work. Rationale At an institutional level, the WCA project is […]

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mentoring

Mentoring, professional development and teacher education

Dr Rebecca Eliahoo (Principal Lecturer, Department of Leadership and Professional Development, Westminster Business School) has contributed to the Inspiration 4 Teachers podcast show, which interviews “dynamic and inspirational educators.” A highly experienced mentor, mentoring educator and teacher education developer, Rebecca talks about the value mentoring during teacher training brings, and goes on to stress how […]

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Students talking in lectures

Students talking in lectures

Students talking in lectures can be distracting and off-putting for lecturers and other students. If students are talking in the lecture you could follow the lecture protocol if you have one. Example Lecture protocol In previous years problems were created during lectures as a result of a minority of students in the lecture theatre talking […]

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Tearful students

Tearful students

Tearful students need care and attention. If a student is tearful, take them somewhere quiet and more private and allow them to explain what is wrong. It is useful to have a box of tissues in your office. Reassure them that it is OK to be upset but retain your professional role e.g. don’t cuddle […]

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