Benjamin Bader, Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management in NUBS, combined the critical tenets of active learning and formative assessment by incorporating the active learning method of Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IFAT) scratch cards into the BUS3021 module, moving students away from the passive intake of information to a more engaged, dynamic learning process where they could apply their understanding to solve problems, think critically, while making learning enjoyable and stimulating.
Jytte Seested Nielsen (Reader in Economics) from Newcastle University Business School developed decision-making experiments for her students to participate in, promote engagement in the module and encourage active learning to consolidate their understanding and prepare them for assessment.
Dr Adam Rathbone, Lecturer in Social and Clinical Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy collaborated with Dr Meganne Masko, Associate Professor of Music Therapy, to adapt the intergroup dialogue method of developing cultural competence to a virtual exchange between Pharmacy students in Newcastle and Music Therapy students from Indiana University – Purdue University, Indiana (IUPUI).
As part of a doctoral research study, Dr Lucy Hatt, a Senior Lecturer in NUBS, conducted concept mapping workshops across all years of an undergraduate entrepreneurship programme. This case study explains how the workshops enabled the evaluation of students’ understanding of entrepreneurship and discusses the benefits of concept mapping as a tool to help students and educators visualise the development of conceptual understanding.
Rosalind Beaumont, Senior Lecturer in School X discusses how Newcastle PGR students had the opportunity to come together via a cross-faculty series of events during COP26 in November 2021, to explore and discuss their research through the lens of sustainable development. This allowed students to develop a wide range of skills, collaborate across disciplines and reflect on their experiences and learning.
Weekly online activities were produced for students to support their learning and skill development. Being aware of what the students might have been experiencing, as well as trying to support their learning through accessible and manageable content was key.