Teaching and Learning Resources
There are many resources available to support your best practice teaching and learning and associated research. As well as this page we recommend that you visit the Institute Blog as additional teaching and learning resources that we find are posted here as well.
Take a look at the Research Support section for more resources, such as tips on publishing and presenting.
Resources organised by theme
Teaching Tips: Some practical tips from the Teaching and Learning Development Unit at University of Sussex
Supported by the University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Fund, this project identifies generic principles and examples of good practice in integrating academic, employability and information literacy skills into the curriculum which promote a holistic view of course design and delivery. The site contains case studies showing how students can be helped to develop necessary skills through innovative curriculum design.
Strategies for Student Retention and Success
What are effective strategies and interventions to ensure high continuation and completion rates? A good place to start is the What works? Student retention and success programme
It is a three year research programme initiated and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. There were seven projects in the programme, involving 22 Higher Education Institutions, evaluating effective strategies and interventions to ensure high continuation and completion rates. The projects worked on generating practical outputs including reports that enhance practice and associated toolkits and resources to assist other institutions to learn from their work and improve student retention and success. It is anticipated that the outputs of this programme will be particularly significant in the context of the current changes facing higher education.
What Works? Summary report. Building student engagement and belonging in Higher Education at a time of change - a summary of findings and recommendations from the What Works? Student Retention and Success Programme by Professor Liz Thomas (March 2012).- provides insight into a range of useful interventions that can be applied across the sector.
The HERE Project Toolkit: A resource for programme teams interested in improving student engagement and retention (PDF)
The assessment of group work: lessons from the literature by Professor Graham Gibbs (2009). Literature review was funded by the Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, The Business School, Oxford Brookes University
Aims, ethics and values in group work assessment, editors: Lorraine Foreman-Peck and Liz McDowell (June 2010). This volume consists of six action research case studies focussing on the practice of group work assessment. The research was carried out by lecturers researching their own practices, from the Universities of Northumbria and Northampton in the academic year 2007-2008.
Making Groups Work by Dr Jenny Moon (PDF 2009) Contains ideas and examples for how to improve group work through the principles of academic assertiveness in higher education and professional development. A resource from the HEA subject Centre for Education. The report contains sections on making groups work effectively: some principles and practices for developing academic assertiveness, a list of things that can influence the functioning of groups and scenarios for discussion by groups
Explore these high quality resources for staff and students about working in groups from the Teaching and Learning Excellence centres. These involve practical as well as theoretical background to group work.
My Students Don’t Like Group Work (Accessed 22/02/2012)
Interesting article about where Ann Taylor, an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Wabash College (USA), looks at the reasons why students don't like group work and why she does it anyway.
Take a look at this video about peer instruction (from the US). Dr. Richard Wood, Professor of Economics uses Peer Instruction as a technique to enhance critical thinking among students enrolled in his class. Economics major Jillian Masucci chats about her experience with Peer Instruction from a student perspective.
Student plagiarism resource
HEA report with advice on student plagiarism. Report highlights that "...educators can do much both in course design and in devising assessment tasks to help minimise possibilities for student plagiarism and related issues".
For a one stop shop of information, resources and links visit the ipark, which has been developed by Dr Sue Folley your Academic Development Advisor in the Learning Technologies Team, Computing and Library Services.
This includes Unilearn Support where you can find how to guides and when drop in sessions are happening
The aim of the ipark is to bring together many aspects of innovative and inspirational teaching into one resource for staff to learn from, contribute to and be inspired by, and to showcase the best teaching and learning practice that is happening at the University of Huddersfield.
The higher education academy has a number of resources dealing with teaching and learning in relation to international students. The Teaching International Students Project is a joint initiative between the Higher Education Academy and the United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) with funding from the Prime Minister's Initiative 2 (PMI2). It is a two year project, hosted and co-funded by the Higher Education Academy. The project focuses on the ways that lecturers and other teaching staff can maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning for international students. This is done through providing guidance and information about how to meet the diverse learning needs of international students.
Further reading: Hayton, Richard and Bache, Ian (2010) Teaching politics through inquiry: the international student voice. In: 3rd PSA Teaching and Learning Group Conference, 15 September 2010, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
University funded Innovation Projects that involves International Students
Project 2012 - Meet and Talk in English (MATE)
Project 2011 - Chinese students's Learning Experience
Project 2010 - Learning Culture Assimilation: A Bridging course for Business School Post Graduate International Students
External comprehensive websites with educational resources:
EvidenceNet is a free, Higher Education Academy open-access service to promote and support evidence-informed practice in learning and teaching in higher education.
This portal helps you find educational evidence from a range of reputable UK sources using a single search. It is designed for both professional and lay people interested in education and children's services.
A website with excellent resources for keeping up to date with development in research methods. You can subscribe to a monthly e-bulletin that keeps you up to date with working papers being published and any research methods training that is available.
Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning
JISC Learning and Teaching Innovation Programme
Here you can find details of funding calls but also information about previous and ongoing projects on a number of topics, such as assessment, e-portfolios, learner experience, learning environments and more.
JISC Digitial Media - support to use images, video, audio and more
JISC Digital Media provides advice, guidance and training to the UK's Further and Higher Education community on:
- Creating digital media resources specifically still images, moving images and sound resources
- Delivering digital media resources to users
- Using digital media resources to support teaching, learning and research
- Managing both small and large scale digitisation projects