Category Archives: Inclusivity

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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Quick wins in your teaching to better support international students?

As our international student community begins to grow at UCA, we may find ourselves reflecting on our teaching approaches to better support learners with English as an additional language. UCA’s Learning Development Tutors have spoken to a number of teaching … Continue reading

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Mental health – be prepared

Mental health issues now affect a significant number of university students. In this post, UCA’s Ray Martin highlights key warning signs for both Home/EU and International students, and provides guidance about what you can do. What are the statistics? 29% … Continue reading

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Addressing the attainment gap at UCA

Over the last few decades, the widening participation policies of successive UK governments have led to higher participation rates among 18 to 21 year old black and minority ethnic (BME) students (Sanders and Rose-Adams, 2014).  At the same time, the … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ teaching tip #3

It’s time for Nicholas Houghton’s teaching tip of the week. This week’s tips is: Learn all students’ names as soon as possible. You’ll find you can do it; we all can. By using their name every time you address them, … 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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Nicholas’ teaching tip #1

I’m fortunate to work with a colleague who has extensive experience of teaching and supporting learning in creative contexts, Dr. Nicholas Houghton. Over the past few weeks, Nicholas has been sharing his teaching tips with participants on our PGCert – … Continue reading

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