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This post about the Joint Degree Project, by Chris Perkins, is a continuation of Jackie’s train of thought on best practice from late last year, so if you haven’t read that, please do…! Over the past few months, the team in the Joint Degrees Project have met with lots of people across the college, as you […]
In this post, Hannah McGurk, a second year student studying German and English Literature, showcases a student-led, research project – UncoverEd – which aims to uncover the history of University of Edinburgh alumnae from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas from the 1780s to the 1980s… UncoverEd is a collaborative and decolonising research project, funded by Edinburgh Global, which aims […]
In his last post, Chris talked about the organisational lens through which students view their experience of joint degree programmes. In this post, Jackie Barnhart, Student and Academic Services Manager in the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, begins to think about the multiple refractions of ‘organisation’ which students may encounter…  Conversations about joint degree programmes across […]
As we said in our first post, the next step in our Joint Degrees Project was to look through all the data we have on joint degrees to get a better feel for what works and, perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t. Our investigations are ongoing, and we are yet to conduct our interviews with staff […]
In this post, Sakie Chiba-Mooney, a language assistant in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, contributes to the Enhancement Themes* work that the University is engaged in to close the gap between student and staff perceptions of feedback… “Hooray! This student likes my class” “Oh, God… That student hates my class” This is how I used to react to course […]
This introductory blog post, by Chris Perkins and Jackie Barnhart, outlines the background behind a two-year project, which will explore ways to make joint degrees ‘the best they can possibly be’…. The wide range of joint degree programmes at the UoE is one of our greatest strengths. Students not only benefit from the four-year degree structure, which […]
Welcome to the August issue of Teaching Matters! Once again, the Edinburgh Fringe is upon us, and this month Teaching Matters is very excited to present blog post contributions from staff and students performing at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI), as part of the Fringe. To introduce CoDI, we welcome our guest blogger, CoDI intern, Lola Moutel-Davesne… What is […]
It’s fair to say there is a sense of malaise surrounding assessment and feedback in the university. It’s understandable. NSS says we don’t do assessment and feedback very well. However, we have examples of excellence in both these areas across the university – witness our glowing external examiner reports! The approach to solving this assessment […]
How can we support our students through their degrees while providing a sense of place and community? This is a central question animating discussions at all levels of the University. Although there are many different answers, one thing is certain: there is no one size fits all approach. Large, diverse Schools like my own – […]
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