There can be a real mix of students in a lecture. Those who are keen to contribute to discussions, take notes and ask questions. A few confused about the topic, but reluctant to seek clarification. There might even be a handful of students at the back who look like they would really rather be elsewhere and are at risk of dropping out.
Is it time for teaching methods in higher education to evolve to truly capture the imaginations of an increasingly diverse teaching group? Are there more effective ways to give students the opportunity to fully explore the subject and help them develop their own passion for it?
On Tuesday 9th April 2019 a panel of academics from University College London discussed how universities can create a much more collaborative and exciting learning experience for students.
Meet the panel, who will be hosted by Echo360 and Dr Perry Samson, head of teaching innovation from the University of Michigan:
- Prof Andrea Townsend-Nicholson joined the academic staff of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at UCL in 2001. Her teaching centres on research-based education and bridging the digital skills gap.
- Prof John Mitchell has been lecturing at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL since 2000, becoming professor in 2016. He has a strong interest in improving engineering education, with a particular focus on introducing student-centred techniques.
- Dr Parama Chaudhury is a principal teaching fellow and director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics at UCL and is on the Teaching and Learning Committee of the CORE project, which works with global partners to develop free, online and multimedia resources for teaching introductory economics.
This discussion is now available to watch.