Scaling up: Learning space design to support large (inter)active workshops

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the way space is used in education, forcing educators to innovatively support learning in a range of hybrid spaces that seek greater integration of the physical and virtual, or bring the relational more fully into online settings. Supporting this range of modes at scale presents challenges in terms of equityContinue reading “Scaling up: Learning space design to support large (inter)active workshops”

Talk amongst yourselves: critical thinking in group discussions

Meditation exercises often use the idea of a ‘happy place’ as a tool for reflection. My professional happy place: a group discussion among my students that ‘hums’. Students are engaged, challenging each other, using examples and having fun while they do it. Adversely, for many educators a stalled group discussion is a nightmare. No matterContinue reading “Talk amongst yourselves: critical thinking in group discussions”

5 things accounting students should know before they graduate

When I went to university (in Germany, and many years ago) I thought getting a job would be a given. I would leave job fairs with goodie bags filled with branded pens, stress balls and all types of candy. It shouldn’t be so hard to get a job, right?! Now almost 20 years later, IContinue reading “5 things accounting students should know before they graduate”

Design patterns for Connected Learning at Scale

Now more than ever, we need to find ways to keep students connected – connected to each other, their teachers, industry and society. The move to online and remote teaching in recent times has highlighted just how important this is. And the challenge increases when we add scale to the mix! How can these connectionsContinue reading “Design patterns for Connected Learning at Scale”

Play to learn: interactive experiences in education

One perennial question that educators ask themselves is ‘what is the best way to engage my students’? Increasingly, students are expected to be active participants rather than passive consumers of content. The switch to remote online learning has further exacerbated the need for educators to find more innovative ways of presenting their material. Face toContinue reading “Play to learn: interactive experiences in education”

R U OK? The impact of emotional labour on teachers

Managing emotional labour is challenging due to the complexity of antecedents and moderating variables. However, several strategies can be undertaken to help teachers mitigate the negative consequences of emotional labour (Weaver, Allen, & Byrney, 2019; Yin, Huang, & Chen, 2019; Yin, Huang, & Lee, 2017)

Emotional highs: 5 ways to meaningfully engage university students

In early childhood, learning is often perceived with great joy and excitement. Children passionately talk about what they learned and demonstrate an intrinsic satisfaction to find things out. However, when they become older, many gradually lose their sense of intrinsic excitement to engage with learning. Some explain this phenomenon in relation to the increasing responsibilitiesContinue reading “Emotional highs: 5 ways to meaningfully engage university students”