This week marks the completion of our 5th annual Learning and Teaching Forum at the University of Sydney Business School. Our theme this year was, as our title states, the joy of learning and teaching. And what a joyous occasion it was. Playful learning After a very heartfelt welcome to country by Aunty Joan BellContinue reading “The Joy of Learning & Teaching – Part 2”
Category Archives: research
The future of education: Is it in the Basement?
Having shiny new EdTech tools is all well and good. Brilliant even. That is, if we assume that all have equal access to this tech-power, which as we know, is not the case. As we saw in the pandemic, our places, our learning spaces differ enormously. As educators and students, we need to talk aboutContinue reading “The future of education: Is it in the Basement?”
Reimagining the student experience
Our understanding of people who study at universities, and their experiences, are often shaped by a range of context-specific and broader demographic categories. Targeting specific groupings are often central to university agendas, policy and funding; and are informed by large quantitative datasets on student experience. Whilst important, overemphasis of these categories have particular implications forContinue reading “Reimagining the student experience”
Leveraging the possibilities of ‘learning at scale’: Future proofing business and management education
This call for papers invites submissions to a special issue of the Journal of Work Applied Management. We welcome practical case study-based articles that demonstrate quality learning experiences in large business and management learning contexts. We also invite conceptual, empirical and viewpoint pieces. At scale contexts Work-applied management methods such as action learning, work-based orContinue reading “Leveraging the possibilities of ‘learning at scale’: Future proofing business and management education”
Belonging & Learning: How important is belonging to our students?
The Work, Live, Play, Learn (WLPL) project uses academic literature and qualitative research with university students to analyse student belonging on a theoretical and applied level. Using data from the University of Sydney Business School the blog explores two learning modes and discusses them in relation to belonging.
Developing Online Teaching in Higher Education – Book Review
Supporting educators to develop skills in online teaching, to use a planning term, is a wicked problem. Academics and educational developers alike know that the solution is not to put on a generic workshop and hope for the best. Newly released Developing Online Teaching in Higher Education (Forbes & Walker, 2022) gathers together tested ideasContinue reading “Developing Online Teaching in Higher Education – Book Review”
Cultivating entrepreneurs and innovators through connected learning
Connected learning is an approach that seeks to combine personal interests, supportive relationships, and opportunities (Ito et al., 2013). It emphasizes that learning should be an integrated experience situated within a matrix of contexts including formal and informal, local and global, embodied and virtual, as well as distributed and integrated (Brown & Renshaw, 2006). PriorContinue reading “Cultivating entrepreneurs and innovators through connected learning”
Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 2
The first part of this blog post interrogated the structural rigidity that emerges from physical classroom design and made the case that connected learning requires a different design and emotional response from teaching spaces to be successful. This final part looks at how teaching space needs to shift the dynamics, functions, and relationships within theContinue reading “Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 2“
Making education better is not a nice to have: Why Business Schools need to engage in and value pedagogical research part 2
In part 1 of this blog, I made the case that pedagogical research is a third space for academic activity, one that enhances the quality of education and generates rhizomatic connections between faculty, institutions, and critical forms of scholarship in Business Schools. In this second and final part, I will explore the benefits that BusinessContinue reading “Making education better is not a nice to have: Why Business Schools need to engage in and value pedagogical research part 2“
Making education better is not a nice to have: Why Business Schools need to engage in and value pedagogical research part 1
Pedagogical research has a challenged and often undervalued place in Business Schools, with its worth to the mission of the School and the individual academic diminished by perceptions that it lacks academic rigour (Norton, 2021), focuses on arcane or abstract theorisation of practical actions (McDonald et al., 2012) or is a form of scholarship forContinue reading “Making education better is not a nice to have: Why Business Schools need to engage in and value pedagogical research part 1”