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.
Latest blog Environmental problems of the Anthropocene require politically-orientated solutions, and a new generation of complex problem-solvers. Problem-based learning is a natural fit for teaching political ecology, and in this blog post Nick Kirsop-Taylor and Dan Appiah report on an experiment at the University of Exeter on this. Whilst many of the perennial issues of PBL were evident, they found it offered many advantages, and should be considered an important tool in the box of political ecology lecturers. Join the debate in the comments or contribute your own blog entry.