Author Archives: T&L Exchange

Independent research and research dissemination in undergraduate teaching

Dr. Ute Woelfel, Literature and Languages u.wolfel@reading.ac.uk Year of activity: 2016/17 Overview In order to improve students’ engagement, support their abilities as independent learners, and increase their feeling of ownership for their academic work, elements of independent research and research … Continue reading

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Online Learning Journals

Dr Nicola Abram, School of Literature and Languages n.l.abram@reading.ac.uk Overview This entry describes the use of online Learning Journals on a Part Three English Literature module. This method of assessment supports students to carry out independent research and to reflect … Continue reading

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Engaging students as partners in the redesign of an existing course curriculum

Dr Despoina Mantzari, School of Law d.mantzari@reading.ac.uk Overview In June 2016 I was awarded a small University of Reading Teaching and Learning grant with the objective to involve a group of ten postgraduate taught students from the School of Law … Continue reading

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Blackboard collaborate cross-campus tutorials as a useful tool to enhance the Part One Pharmacy student experience at the University of Reading Malaysia

Dr Darius Wider, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy d.widera@reading.ac.uk Overview After a successful application to act as one of the early adopters of Blackboard Collaborate at the University of Reading, this technology platform was used for a series of … Continue reading

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Connecting with the Curriculum Framework: Using focus groups to diversify assessment (Part 1)

Dr Madeleine Davies, School of Literature and Languages Overview The Department of English Literature (DEL) is organising student focus groups as part of our TLDF-funded ‘Diversifying Assessments’ project led by Dr Chloe Houston and Dr Madeleine Davies. This initiative is … Continue reading

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Managing transition to the MPharm Degree

Dr John Brazier, Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy j.a.brazier@reading.ac.uk Overview The MPharm degree at the University of Reading has a diverse student cohort, in terms of both ethnicity and previous academic experience. During the most recent development of our programme, we … Continue reading

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Development of the BARS blog

Dr Francoise Mazet, Biological Sciences f.m.mazet@reading.ac.uk Year of activity: 2015/16 Overview We developed BARS (Bioscience ARticles for Reading Students), a blog showcasing the written work of Part Three students from the School of Biological Sciences. The blog is managed by … Continue reading

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A student-led experiential post-studio practice

Holly Sandford, Arts & Communication Design Overview Students in the Department of Art created a student-led experiential post-studio practice, DISCOMFORT, for Part Two students and teachers that challenges boundaries and restrictions within our art course (and ourselves), and encourages participatory, … Continue reading

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Game-based learning using social media

Dr Stanimira Milcheva, Henley Business School stani.milcheva@henley.reading.ac.uk Year of activity: 2015/16 Overview We designed a simple game (called the REFinGame) which was aligned with the course material and launched it on Facebook. This approach, which could easily be applied to … Continue reading

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Closing the ‘feedback loop; using Unitu: student uptake, usage and impact of a new online student feedback platform

Dr Emma Mayhew, Politics, Economics and International Relations e.a.mayhew@reading.ac.uk Year of activity: 2015/16 Overview PLanT funding was used to research the impact of a new student feedback platform in Politics. Unitu creates an online student forum from which representatives pull … Continue reading

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