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New edition of Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education

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Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher EducationISSN 2041-3122


The publication of this new edition of Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education serves as a mini re-launch for the journal with a new editorial team. Thank you to the authors who submitted their work, and thanks to the reviewers who provided useful feedback to improve the articles. There is now an open call for papers for forthcoming editions, and we welcome enquiries and submissions from individuals wishing to publish their work in the journal


Vol 4, No 1 (2012) Table of Contents EditorialEditorialPDFRachel Maunder, Scott Turner, Simon Sneddon, Anna Crouch1-2 ArticlesStudents’ views on higher education learning environments for professional teacher educationPDFDiane Stoncel, Ann Shelton-Mayes3-16Assessing the impact of students facilitating workshops within the context of a collaborative cross institution projectPDFGrant Petrey17-31An action research project to explore the effect of a pre-assessment inte…

Opinion: Curation Software to use or not to use?

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What is curation software?
The number of resources on the internet is increasing in most areas and search engines can are helpful but it is not the same as someone telling you this is a good resource. Digital curation takes this further allowing people to produce lists of internet resources that can be dynamically updated but filtered resources - if you like a dynamic reading list of web resources.

Two free example tools are shown below Scoop.it and paper.li

1. Scoopit(http://www.scoop.it)




Two examples sites used in my teaching are shown here:
artificial intelligence for students




Robot resource


















The good feature of scoop.its is you have control over what content you present, you are the filter. Content suggestions are also made, but it is up to you if you select them. The aim is to increase the amount of student suggested content.



2. Paper.li (www.paper.li)

Allows you to set up a newspaper-like resource that takes feeds from blogs, rss feeds and if you want Twitter. Unlike scoop.it you have con…

URB@N Project: Evaluation of the barriers and opportunities for wastes management distance learning courses

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The School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton has funding from URB@N for three projects. URB@N stands for ‘Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton’. It is a bursary scheme offering opportunities for current undergraduate students to participate in a pedagogic research project taking place at the university. Details of one of these projects is included here.
Evaluation of the barriers and opportunities for wastes management distance learning courses
Staff Involved: Terry Tudor Paul Cox Nigel Freestone Louise Maxwell Ruth Copeland-Phillips Margaret Bates
Overview: In recent years there has been increasing emphasis globally on managing the environment, particularly wastes, in a more sustainable manner. Linked to this has been a desire to increase the competencies and skills of individuals in the field of environmental management and more specifically wastes management. The Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, at the University currently offers a range of envi…

URB@N Project: Student perspective on a quality learner experience

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The School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton has funding from URB@N for three projects. URB@N stands for ‘Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton’. It is a bursary scheme offering opportunities for current undergraduate students to participate in a pedagogic research project taking place at the university. Details of one of these projects is included here.

Student perspective on a quality learner experience
Scott Turner John Sinclair
Overview The project will form part of the larger work going on within the school on what is a “quality learner experience” both from the staff and student perspective.

The URB@N student project focus will be on the student perspective and as a peer can hopefully get an more unbiased view through staff not being directly involved in collecting the information.
It is anticipated that results will be disseminated throughout the School and will inform all Subject teams in terms of the student perspective on the current learner experience. Wit…

URB@N Project: University 101' for the University of Northampton

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The School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton has funding from URB@N for three projects. URB@N stands for ‘Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton’. It is a bursary scheme offering opportunities for current undergraduate students to participate in a pedagogic research project taking place at the university. Details of one of these projects is included here.

University 101' for the University of Northampton
Staff involved: Nigel Freestone Sindy Banga - Health
Overview The project aims to develop and evaluate the on-line Northampton University 101 transition course. This course has been written to help new students and International students to make the transition to The University of Northampton successful, easier and effective. It is an on-line course that addresses the UK HE academic culture that is new to many students.
The non-credit bearing course aims to: • To increase student engagement, retention and academic performance • To familiarise students with the UK de…

Prezi: Teaching and Learning Research

public engagement event

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On 7th November The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public engagement (NCCPE) ran an interesting and informative event for Public Engagement ambassadors at King's college, London (KCL). Held within KCLs new Museum of Life Sciences, providing an interesting backdrop to the event.

After the introduction, the morning started with talks about three public engagement projects KCL are partners or lead. What made this particular interesting, for me, was they were all about science-based research. One particular project that caught my attention, that could be implemented elsewhere, is the idea of researchers putting images from their work forward as art exhibits (or working with artists to make it into one). Added to the images would be a bit of explanation, and so further disseminating their research at same time. There are probably many researchers that have images that are suitable, and then the art work is sold on - though how would you feel if yours doesn't sell!

The afternoon fo…

flying start for Masters students

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A new feature to the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton is a bespoke 'flying start' programme for all MSc and final-year direct entry students, run by the Centre for Academic Practice.

The school has for the last few years being recommending, on certain courses, that first year students enrol on the Flying Start programme before joining their course. A specific masters version has been running in the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) for several years; this year the concept has been rolled out across the school. 

The Flying Start programme consists of a mix of interactive-lectures, workshops, discussions supported by experienced academic tutors and looks at academic skills appropriate to the level of the students. In this case the emphasis is on what is expected of a masters student. This programme is not meant to replace the work course tutors do; but to complement and support what is done in the class.