It’s late in the Autumn semester, with the curriculum change period looming, and many of you will be digging out old module forms, and working out what you need to change over the next couple of years.
But put down those pens / close down Word! You might be surprised to know that you can do an awful lot within your module that doesn’t affect the module form at all and saves you the trouble of scrabbling to get paperwork ready. Here are ten such things: they might inspire you to think of others too…
- Add an activity to one of your sessions to check understanding. For example, create 5 multiple choice questions or use a post-it note exercise for students to record one thing that they do not understand.
- Go to your Blackboard site, switch to ‘student view’ and check if your students can easily navigate the site: if not, make some changes to the content/organisation.
- Find a recent television or radio programme which relates to your topic. Add this to your Blackboard site or email it to your students as an extra resource. If successful, do this at the start of each week.
- With your students, re-write the Intended Learning Outcomes for a module in student friendly language. Ask your students if they feel they can meet these ILOs.
- Make space in a session for students to read and discuss their feedback on assessed work.
- Try out a new activity in one of your sessions. For example, ask students to discuss a question in pairs for 5 minutes, then compare answers to the group next to them.
- Check how many Guided Independent Study hours your students have on a particular module. Offer some suggestions for how students could use these hours.
- Create a formative assessment activity. For example: edit a Panopto recording and pull out a short segment which you can then present with a set of self-assessment questions.
- Write some advice to students on how they could improve their performance from a 2:2 to a 2:1 and share this with them.
- Spend 10 minutes at the end of a seminar or workshop to talk to the students about their experiences of the module so far. Note their advice and use for future iterations of the module.
Alex and Caroline