How to make peer feedback a constructive group effort

How to make peer feedback a constructive group effort

By Yf Reykers Peer feedback is often included in courses as a tool for collaborative learning. Yet, is it always so collaborative and constructive? In theory, providing comments on another student’s assignment and engaging with the comments from peers is…

On thesis supervision meetings

On thesis supervision meetings

By Karin Bijsterveld A few years ago, I changed my way of organising individual thesis supervision meetings with BA and MA students. I know I am not the only one—I heard other teachers talking about similar ‘systems,’ but newcomers might…

The Case for Log Books: An Assignment Designed to Promote Student Reflection on Academic Writing

The Case for Log Books: An Assignment Designed to Promote Student Reflection on Academic Writing

By Elizabeth Olsson For the last two years, I have worked as a writing coach in one of the largest introductory courses offered by the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The course is Introduction to…

Using word association to assess learning in the BA ES

Using word association to assess learning in the BA ES

By Paul Stephenson My experience of teaching Area Studies in the BA European Studies is that, once you move beyond the initial tour de table that maps what we know based on basic assumptions and personal experiences, the group has little idea…

Four underestimated ways to become a better academic writer

Four underestimated ways to become a better academic writer

By Patrick Bijsmans “Learning how to do research is one of the most important tasks at the university. It is also one of the most challenging.” (Murtonen & Lehtinen, ‘Learning to be a researcher’, in Academic research and researchers) Academic…

Using writing in PBL: Less talking - more ideas

Using writing in PBL: Less talking – more ideas

By John Harbord The typical PBL session: some students talk, some are silent – are the silent ones not contributing because they didn’t do the reading, because they are shy, or why? It’s often hard to tell. Some show off…