I believe that learning and teaching are at the very heart of the relationship with our students. We know that students want to be stimulated intellectually and assessed fairly and appropriately. Whether on campus, at home or in the workplace we know that students want to be excited by the course they have chosen to study and taught by professionals at or near the cutting edge of their field. Working in a learning partnership, we know that we also want to support the release of the students’ powers of independent thought, creativity and innovation. Innovation and knowledge exchange are at the heart of the University experience and central to the development of society.
I am delighted therefore that teaching experts in my university have seen the need and seized the opportunity to launch this ground-breaking journal. The main themes of the journal range from innovative pedagogy to new and improved approaches to Technology Supported Learning and other practitioner methods. It also aims to be a staff development tool supporting all those who wish to submit academic work for peer review and possible publication. Often underestimated, the importance of teaching and academic practice is at last, I hope, gradually gaining centre stage. The journal is a welcome and timely intervention.
The journal not only covers innovative practice but is also innovative in its content and delivery. It is an online publication attracting research papers from within the university across the UK and beyond. It is also the first academic journal to include reflective student cases studies and poster presentations with associated audio files.
Experts pushing at the boundaries of learning and teaching practice are the key to student satisfaction and success and to the future and sustained success of a University. This excellent journal is a fitting showcase for their work.
Professor Michael Gunn
Vice Chancellor, Staffordshire University
Vol 1, No 3
Table of Contents
|Tapping for success: A pilot study to explore if Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can reduce anxiety and enhance academic performance in University students||DOC PDF|
|Elizabeth Boath, Anthony Stewart, Angela Carryer|
|How effective is personal tutoring at delivering personal development planning in a Computer Games Technology department at Staffordshire University||Word PDF|
|Contextual Studies and Employability||Word PDF|
|The Innovative Use of Podcasting to Support Under-Represented Groups||Word PDF|
|Lonely Heart Columns: A Novel and Entertaining Way of Teaching Students Abstract Writing Skills||DOC PDF|
|Ian J. Turner, Ellen S. Beaumont|
|Talking Results - trialing an audio-visual feedback method for e-submissions||DOC PDF|
|Teaching Android development using eLearning material in a traditional Java programming course||DOC PDF|
|The Innovative Use of Screencasts in Higher Education||Doc PDF|
|Widening Participation: Are we prepared for our students?||PPT WMA|
|The Internet as a Challenge to HE: Implications for Plagiarism & Information Literacy||Doc PDF|
|Information Literacy||Doc PDF VLC|
|Employability: expectation - experience - reality|
|Widening Participation - Supporting Students with Mental Health Difficulties at Staffordshire University|
|Managing the Transition from Further to Higher Education|
|Stylish Academic Writing||DOC PDF|
|Research and Teaching: beyond the divide||DOC PDF|
|Cultures and change in higher education: Theories and practice.||Doc PDF|
|Social Media for Academics: A Practical Guide||Doc PDF|
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