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The LARA method for tense talks

November 3, 2020 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? As outlined in ‘Creating safe spaces and brave spaces‘, university learning often involves encounters between students with different social viewpoints. If these discussions are overwhelmed with emotion, students will find it hard […]

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Creating safe spaces and brave spaces

October 28, 2020 Mira Vogel 0

What are they? Safe spaces came into existence to give people from a marginalised or persecuted group a way to meet, sometimes with political purposes, without having to defend themselves against prejudice or abuse. The […]

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Student-generated questions

June 15, 2020 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? After studying independently, students are ask to generate questions about the material. This can also happen after live teaching, when it is sometimes called a ‘Minute paper’ or ‘Exit ticket’. Why do […]

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Discussion forums

April 2, 2020 Mira Vogel 0

What is it? Forums allow students and staff to have a group conversation, with each participant posting their contributions at times convenient for them. Most posts are text-based, but often support images, links and even […]

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Interviews for evaluating teaching

December 20, 2019 Mira Vogel 0

This is an evaluation guide. What is it? An interview is a discussion, individually or in a group, prompted by a series of questions. Interview questions tend to be open-ended (if you need to ask […]

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Questionnaires for evaluating teaching

December 18, 2019 Mira Vogel 0

This is an evaluation guide. What is it? A questionnaire is an efficient, economical way to obtain a large amount of responses. When administered digitally, questionnaires scale up with minimal extra resource since they tend […]