Category Archives: How Students Learn

Inclusive assessment example 3: sensitive to criticism

Lynn Winfield is a very sensitive student who has a history of reacting badly to criticism. The last time she was given a low mark there was a temper tantrum, tears and threats of filing a complaint. For the current … Continue reading

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Inclusive assessment example 2: low confidence

Tracey Dillon really lacks confidence and this prevents her taking risks. The trouble is, you’ve found that if you tell her this it only makes her even less confident and more reluctant to take the kind of risks which she … Continue reading

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Inclusive assessment example 1: varying effort

Ray Martin shows how to interpret an assessment issue from an inclusive perspective. Marek Wirksa has established a pattern. When he achieves a good mark, the next time he slacks right off and produces weak work and when he achieves … Continue reading

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Why you should care about Gert Biesta

Inclusive education specialist Ray Martin introduces the educational philosophy of Gert Biesta. ‘Education is about arousing the desire in another human being for wanting to exist in the world in a grown-up way’ (2017: 38) ‘I think it is important … Continue reading

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4 tips for teaching online

There are some key principles that will help you teach effectively online. In this short video, Tony Reeves suggests four key tips to help you keep your students engaged in an online session: make it seamless make it discursive make … Continue reading

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PGCert Online Exhibition

Ever wondered what happens on the PGCert in Creative Education? Well, now you have a chance to find out! We’re very proud to announce the launch of our first ever PGCert online exhibition, in which PGCert participants have curated some … Continue reading

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There’s nothing quite like being found out

Photo by Eneida Hoti on Unsplash I recently put together a teaching session on making digital technology accessibe in teaching. The session was part of UCA’s PGCert in Creative Education, which I lead, and so I should know what I’m … Continue reading

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Retention strategies that work

Student retention is a growing issue that affects us all. But what can we do about it? Since 2008, the Higher Education Academy has been undertaking research into effective strategies for student retention and success. The first phase of their … Continue reading

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Inclusion project updates

The Learning Support Co-ordinators contributing to the UCA Inclusivity Project are working on a number of projects, some currently in development and others are currently being run as pilots.  Please do contact the colleagues referenced in this update for further … Continue reading

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Universal Design for Learning – Heidy Waywell

Inclusive education through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Despite the growing emphasis on the need to improve inclusivity in higher education, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what this looks like in practice. In this webinar, Heidy Waywell and … Continue reading

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