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Views: comment and opinion on key challenges in higher education

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Is it possible to decolonise the business curriculum?

Untangling business studies from the discipline’s imperial origins might seem an insurmountable task, but it’s up to university leaders to take the lead on this complex challenge, reflects Bobby Banerjee

Bobby Banerjee

City, University of London

Academic conferences need a hybrid future if inclusion is truly on organisers' agendas

Rejecting hybrid conferences as the new norm reeks of ableism

Failure to offer a virtual component for conferences makes organisers complicit in a system that excludes particular academics, says William E. Donald

William E Donald

Ronin Institute

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Inclusion of thought v inclusion of feelings: a showdown

In the pursuit of inclusivity, should we adjust what we teach to include students’ sensitivities or expose them to the full range of serious ideas? asks Arif Ahmed

Arif Ahmed

University of Cambridge

Gamification brings great benefit to online university classes but has negatives too

Next level? The pros and cons of game-based learning

Using gamification in the classroom can work wonders for engagement, but does it come at too great a cost to deep thinking, asks Frederik van Dam

Frederik van Dam

Radboud University

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THE clinic: find advice and how-to explanations to improve academic teaching and research

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Rhythm of a class: lesson-planning and assessment in block teaching

Block scheduling rethinks curriculum design, lesson-planning, assessment and feedback. Tom Clark outlines how this shift, as well as blended learning resources, helped Victoria University meet students’ need for clear and reliable rhythms of study

Tom Clark

Victoria University

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The transformative potential of narrative writing explained

Narrative writing is one way academics can meaningfully communicate their work to the public but it can be hard to master. Steven Beschloss shares a guide to improve narrative writing skills

Steven Beschloss

Arizona State University

There are many simple, free tools in a lecturer's arsenal for making lectures more inclusive

Tips for new lecturers on the human elements that make students feel included

Forget constructive alignment and instructional scaffolding, things like saying hello and being encouraging are the real key to good, inclusive lectures, says Andy Grayson

Andy Grayson

Nottingham Trent University

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A step-by-step guide to implementing an agile curriculum

Flexible, innovative and creative, agile curricula offer many advantages over traditional approaches – here’s how to get started, says Olufunke Aluko-Daniels

Olufunke Aluko-Daniels

University of Huddersfield

Research distilled: lessons from the latest research into higher education

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Don’t be cruel: how to write a fair peer review report

Not every comment in a peer review report will be positive, but it is possible to highlight weaknesses and errors in a journal article while being constructive. After all, behind every manuscript are authors who have ploughed time and effort into the submission

Sin Wang Chong, Shannon Mason

University of Edinburgh, Nagasaki University

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Address bias in teaching, learning and assessment in five steps

Biases can affect personal interactions, course design, learning activities, assessment and institutional practices, thus it is vital that educators work to remove bias from their teaching. Donna Hurford and Andrew Read share helpful approaches

Donna Hurford, Andrew Read

University of Southern Denmark

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Address STEM inequality by reconceiving merit

The cultural yardsticks used to measure merit in STEM are warped with bias and often devalue women, people of colour and LGBTQ+ scientists with records equal to white heterosexual male peers. To fix STEM inequality, academia must reconceive merit

Mary Blair-Loy , Erin A. Cech

University of California San Diego , University of Michigan

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Co-creation: how to find the ‘super’ in supervision

Co-creation can bring together research supervisors and doctoral students to unpick the tensions and challenges in the supervisory relationship and seek solutions, researchers from the University of Warwick explain

Elena Riva, Louise Gracia, Rebecca Limb

University of Warwick

Case studies: first-hand accounts of successful projects within higher education institutions

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Education for humanity: designing learner-centric solutions for refugee students

Key tenets to successfully, and sustainably, designing university initiatives that support refugee learners around the globe using digital resources, based on five years of running the Education for Humanity initiative at Arizona State University

Nicholas Sabato, Joanna Zimmerman

Arizona State University

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Creative projects as a way of bringing students together

Tips for developing an institution-wide creative project through which students make friends and learn from one another, shared by Karen Amanda Harris

Karen Amanda Harris

University of the Arts London

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Block to the future: why block scheduling has taken so long to catch on

Block teaching has been around since the mid-noughties, but those short-lived early trials were ahead of the curve. Simon Thomson and Carl Flattery explore why block planning might finally be having its day

Carl Flattery, Simon Thomson

Leeds Beckett University, University of Manchester

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Developing a faculty-IT partnership for seamless teaching support

A simple way to ensure quicker and more transparent handling of technical hiccups that builds trust between teaching faculty and IT teams, explained by Xin Bi

Xin Bi

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University 

Collections of advice for academics and university staff

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Decolonising the curriculum

While many academics are interested in decolonising curricula, fewer feel confident in where or how to start. The term ‘decolonisation’ is often misconstrued as a process of deleting or dismissing past teaching. In fact, decolonisation can enrich curricula, setting existing knowledge and education in the context of colonialism and Western power structures and bringing in previously marginalised voices and perspectives.
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Let’s get physical: using movement and outdoor spaces to enhance learning

When students are doing – whether moving around the classroom or applying knowledge in a new environment – they’re engaged, inspired and motivated. This collection brings together tips and advice for adding physical activity to your teaching and taking students outdoors to improve their learning experiences and outcomes.
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A framework for learning in seven principles

This collection covers the seven principles of the Higher Education Learning Framework. The HELF has been created as a guide for organisations, teachers and students to help frame thinking about teaching and learning design in higher education.
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Higher education’s role in upholding democracy

Education is one of the pillars of a healthy democracy, but when invasions of sovereign nations, curbed civil liberties or disputed elections threaten the values of democratic societies, what should universities do? Here we draw together ideas from higher education professionals all over the world on how institutions can continue to advance the cause of freedom, civic engagement and truth seeking, no matter what.

Webinars and podcasts: live conversations providing practical advice for higher education professionals

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THE Campus webinar: decolonising the curriculum

A panel of academics from THE Campus+ institutions in the UK and Australia discuss the what, why and how of decolonising the curriculum

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THE Campus

Podcast discussing building resilience and protecting well-being among university staff and students

THE podcast: what Freeman Hrabowski wants you to know about inclusivity

The outgoing UMBC president and civil rights activist speaks about the difficult conversations around inclusivity and how it is work that benefits all of humanity

Freeman Hrabowski

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Podcast discussing building resilience and protecting well-being among university staff and students

THE podcast: pointers on writing and publishing for academics

Academics, authors, publishers and postdocs share their advice on how to improve your academic writing and chances of getting published

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THE Campus

Webinar discussion how to reduce student drop out rates in the context of the pandemic and online learning

THE Campus webinar: what’s the future of higher education assessment?

A panel of teaching and learning experts from THE Campus+ institutions around the world discuss how can institutions create evaluations that are fair, robust and credible

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THE Campus

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