Monday, 30 March 2015

Short summary of activity theory

Very good, brief summary of activity theory

Monday, 23 March 2015

Journal of Pedagogic Development

Journal of Pedagogic Development:

New Edition:

Vol 5, No 1 (2015): JPD 5(1)

Table of Contents


M. James C. Crabbe, Lucy O'Rorke, Eamonn Egan, Ali Hadawi
David William Stoten
Michelle Blackburn
Caroline Elbra-Ramsay, Anita Backhouse
Greg Michaelson
Gloria Park
Veronica Barnes


David Mathew

Book Reviews

Kathy-Ann Daniel-Gittens
Peter Norrington
Mary Malcolm
'via Blog this'

You don't need to take notes - the slides will be available......

One of the things that I notice when I observe lectures is that either very few students make any notes, or students have laptops and make occasional notes while watching the powerpoint on their screen.  There are a number of issues here:

Is note taking a necessary academic/professional skill - I often notice that when I give the observation feedback the lecturer general makes notes - we do make notes, and our students don't - is this a problem.

When the laptop option becomes predominant there are other problems - in giving feedback to a lecturer I often comment on their eye contact with the students - if there aren't any students looking at the lecturer - that becomes problematic.

At a deeper level there is a question about the value of handwritten note-taking, I use my tablet a lot so I am not sure about this - but two recent articles about the importance of handwritten notes -  and

Useful literature review from Sandra Sinfield -

Useful Infographic

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Higher Education politics becoming hotter again?

Across the globe there have been recent outbursts of activity about the nature of Universities, funding etc, from Chile to Canada and now Holland - is this going to develop into a new wave of student protest?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

FW: Studies in Higher Education: latest articles on Taylor & Francis Online


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Facets of academic excellence in management education: conceptualization and instrument development in India
Amit Shukla & Shailendra Singh
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.999316

The importance of networks in the transnational mobility of higher education students: attraction and satisfaction of foreign mobility students at a public university
Eugénia Pedro & Mário Franco
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.999321

Labour-market orientation and approaches to studying – a study of the first Bologna Students at a Swedish Regional University
Anders Nelson & Mikael Sandberg
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1007942

Undergraduate student responses to feedback: expectations and experiences
Felicity Small & Kath Attree
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1007944

Global connectedness in higher education: student voices on the value of cross-cultural learning dialogue
Elina Lehtomäki, Josephine Moate & Hanna Posti-Ahokas
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1007943

What works and why? Student perceptions of 'useful' digital technology in university teaching and learning
Michael Henderson, Neil Selwyn & Rachel Aston
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1007946

Peer mentoring during the transition to university: assessing the usage of a formal scheme within the UK
Rosalyn Collings, Vivien Swanson & Ruth Watkins
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1007939

University students' unions: changing functions, a UK and comparative perspective
Lu Guan, Michael Cole & Frank Worthington
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1010076

Methodological challenges in international comparative post-secondary assessment programs: lessons learned and the road ahead
Raffaela Wolf, Doris Zahner & Roger Benjamin
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1004239

Assessing engineering competencies: the conditions for educational improvement
Frank Musekamp & Jacob Pearce
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1004238

Self-assessments or tests? Comparing cross-national differences in patterns and outcomes of graduates' skills based on international large-scale surveys
Martin Humburg & Rolf van der Velden
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1004237

Competencies for successful self-regulated learning in higher education: structural model and indications drawn from expert interviews
Markus Dresel, Bernhard Schmitz, Barbara Schober, Christine Spiel, Albert Ziegler, Tobias Engelschalk, Gregor Jöstl, Julia Klug, Anne Roth, Bastian Wimmer & Gabriele Steuer
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1004236

Toward a conceptual framework for measuring the effectiveness of course-based undergraduate research experiences in undergraduate biology
Sara E. Brownell & Matthew J. Kloser
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1004234

How to reason with economic concepts: cognitive process of Japanese undergraduate students solving test items
Tadayoshi Asano & Michio Yamaoka
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1004240

Leading and managing in complexity: the case of South African deans
Oliver Seale & Michael Cross
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.988705

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