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News & good practice in learning, teaching and assessment

Semester 2, 2009-10

Spring 2010

Theme: Learning with, and as, professionals

Our first article in this issue is an interview with Chris Rust , newly-appointed Professor of Higher Education, who has contributed extensively to raising interest in pedagogic research and development, very often through professional seminars and conferences on teaching and learning. If you take a look at the ample number of events listed in this issue of teaching news , you can see that there is no shortage of professional development opportunities in the summer months on Brookes campus. The themes of these events are familiar: plagiarism, e-learning, internationalisation, partnerships and collaboration - and yet each event brings together new thinking about the topics, readjustments made in response to the new realities of higher education. Events such as these at Brookes, and elsewhere, represent public moments where teaching innovations, pedagogic research and evaluations of practice are presented for professional scrutiny. This is where we learn with and from each other, building our scholarship of teaching. These are moments that influence our own practices and curiosities. They are also, and importantly, a chance to enjoy some time out of our everyday, busy lives.

The articles in this issue of teaching news each consider moments in learning with professionals. Judie Gannon's article on the alumni mentoring scheme in hospitality and tourism talks of the 'transformative effect' of professional engagement on our students. Similarly, James Caterer's study into the outcomes of work placements of 3 students in film studies indicates beneficial changes. Another perspective on this is provided by Marion Waite. The e-learning strategy for CPD in Health and Social Care has emerged from a bottom-up need to support part-time learners already employed in professional contexts. Mediaworkshop are investing some energy in providing tools to support more off-campus learning such as these three instances, and in this issue Abi Ball introduces teaching news readers to two synchronous tools from Wimba: Pronto and Classroom .

Our final piece in this issue presents a learning resource to deter plagiarism - an example of a valuable asset now lodged in RADAR. This is available to all staff and students to use in their own time, or you can connect to it from within Brookes Virtual.

Frances Deepwell
editor: teaching news


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