Category Archives: Art & Design Education

What is excellent teaching in your discipline?

There is a tendency for the Arts to under-value its distinctive disciplinary practices around learning and teaching, but we should be more confident in sharing our practical and creative practices. The arrival of the Teaching Excellence Framework is bringing a … Continue reading

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Silver success for UCA in the TEF

In June, UCA was awarded a prestigious Silver award for teaching excellence, demonstrating consistent improvement across all measures year on year. Evidence for the award constituted three year average data between 13/14 and 15/16 on teaching, assessment, retention and graduate … Continue reading

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HEA successes for UCA staff

  As some of you may be aware, UCA has its own HEA-accredited Professional Recognition scheme.  This enables UCA staff to achieve professional recognition either through an academic route of study via the PGCert or MA Creative Arts Education courses, … Continue reading

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BME students’ experiences of UCA teaching and learning

A Learning and Teaching project, which engaged student co-researchers in capturing student experience for BME students across campuses, has recently produced its findings and recommendations. These are to be considered over the coming months with a view to developing inclusive … Continue reading

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Some UCA experiences of HEA recognition

 I was surprised at how much achievement I felt on gaining my qualification! It was a challenging journey which opened my eyes to a more reflective practice and allowed me to meet staff from different campuses and roles. I gained … Continue reading

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How to create a culture for valuable learning

Educational visionary Sir Ken Robinson continues his quest to put creativity back at the heart of systems of education. At the recent Big Picture Learning conference called Big Bang, Sir Ken criticised the use of conformity and compliance in education … Continue reading

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How listening and sharing shape collaborative learning experiences

Great article from Mindshift on the importance of helping students learn how to listen and share. The author notes that ‘simply putting students into small groups, however, does not guarantee desirable outcomes. Success depends on listening and sharing.’

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