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Welcome to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog!

Teaching and learning are at the heart of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS). Revolving around the principles of Problem-Based Learning, teaching and learning is student-centred. Students are in charge of their own learning process. Staff act as facilitators rather than as traditional lecturers.

Societal changes, governmental demands and an increasingly diverse and international student body offer new challenges and opportunities for programmes in higher education. Among the many factors that come into play are retention rates, employability and increased pressure on students to excel.

This blog offers a platform for the exchange of ideas, best practices and opinions. Blog posts discuss particular challenges and situations in problem-based learning, novel ways of testing, use of digital tools, interactive lecturing, and so on.

Find all our blog posts here. Are you interested in contributing to the blog yourself? Click here. We welcome contributions from anyone interested in teaching and learning in higher education.

Latest blog One problem of PBL is that only one student can speak at once. And the competition to seize the floor favours the most confident. FASoS Academic Writing Advisor John Harbord discusses how using writing in PBL can change that dynamic, allowing greater participation, giving shy students the chance to articulate and share their thoughts, and feeding a multiplicity of ideas into the discussion. Additionally, students practice drafting coherent written arguments, and come away with a permanent record of their thoughts.