Student work experience – placement – teaching practice – the Experiential Learning..

The work placement is a key element of the student’s learning experience. Experiential learning is recognised as one of the most successful ways of embedding knowledge, skills and values. Alongside a body of theoretical knowledge and professional skill-sets, each student brings to the placement setting their own personal attributes. Some of the main skills students…

Exploring Learning Analytics..

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education had a symposium on Learning Analytics (LA) last week (http://www.teachingandlearning.ie). It was informative, useful and a sincere Thank You to the organisers who ensured the day was successful. The symposium presentations topics included first principles, ethics, student experience, application of LA, original research,…

Student Recruitment or Retention?

The economic implications of the alarmingly high rates of attrition for enrolment management was anticipated more than 30 years ago by John Gardner during the early stages of the freshman-year experience movement he helped launch: “Higher education must make changes if it is to survive in anything resembling its present form, the student has become…

Females in Mathematics, Technology and Engineering disciplines – the role models

The lack of women in the engineering, technology and mathematics fields has been well documented: from the low percentage of female first year students who enter these courses to the subset who persist to graduation, to the few who pursue postgraduate study in the area, and finally, to the infinitesimal number who desire and succeed…