Tag Archives: learning

The Power of Patience: Why students and teachers should slow down

Daphne Loads  In my job as an academic developer, I encourage university lecturers to read widely about learning and teaching.  These days I’m also urging them to read slowly.  I want them to pay careful attention to a text, word by word, in order to work out what it really means for them.  I try […]

New York’s Not My Home: on self-reflection and the dialogue between students and personal tutors

Robert Chmielewski  “Things were spinning around me And all my thoughts were cloudy And I had begun to doubt all the things that were me” (‘New York’s Not My Home’ by Jim Croce) These are Jim Croce’s reflections on his time in 1970’s New York where he tried so hard to make it big.  Luckily […]

Breaking barriers

Hazel Marzetti  ‘The Student Experience’ is a hot topic in 2013.  But what is it?  Is there a single student experience?  And if not, are there any threads which can in any way unify the many diverse experiences? Working on the Accessible and Inclusive Learning Project at the University of Edinburgh has enabled me to […]

A symposium, a song and an invitation

Daphne Loads    What does the term ‘neoliberal university’ mean to you? I understand it as an accusation that ‘the market’ is now at the heart of many institutions, with no regard for other values that have been displaced or ruled out.  So all around us we see less public funding for higher education, more precarious […]

‘Taming the wild profusion of existing things’: using categories in learning

Daphne Loads I’ve been thinking a lot lately about putting things in categories and then questioning those categories, and how important both these processes are in learning and teaching.  In this spirit I had a look at Borges’ taxonomy of animals (in Foucault, 1970) supposedly taken from the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge.  According to […]