Mandatory course components: When can we use it?

The general principle for higher education is that it is voluntary for the student. The only mandatory element is the examination. However, certain course components can be made mandatory, even if they are not part of the examination. How?

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Giving feedback on poor writing: How do you approach it?

It can be difficult to criticise someone’s writing. And perhaps even more difficult to be at the receiving end. And it will not be made easier if it concerns a course that does not revolve around language at all. Here is some advice on how to increase the chances of successful feedback.

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Pedagogical café: Discussing language difficulties with students

In the pedagogical conversation with UPE under the heading “How do you discuss language difficulties with students?” in Zoom 17 May 2022, over 60 members of teaching staff gathered to discuss students’ language difficulties and how it affects teaching.

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Story: Follow a distance student

The project Follow a distance student followed students who took distance education during the pandemic in the spring semester 2020 and mapped their experiences and needs. The goal was to be able to develop pedagogy and technical pedagogical aids in distance education during the autumn term 2020. The students’ experiences were about loneliness, swaying technology and the distance form itself. (Video, 45 mins., Swedish language).
A survey performed by Karlstad’s student union about student experiences during the pandemic is also reported.

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Tips: Hybrid examination as a strategy to get more students to finish

Students were offered to do small assignments during the course. These assignments gave them extra points at the final examination. The purpose was to motivate them to engage in a relatively extensive course literature written in English. It turned out that the more assignments that students did, the better they also scored at the assignments in the final exam. (Swedish only.)

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Story: Multimodal logbook at VFU for better teacher-student contact

In the vocational teacher education, students at their VFU (Placement) have kept a multimodal digital logbook about some pre-determined assignments that are related to the course objectives. The assignments were about mind maps, assessment matrix and tripartite conversations, i. e. three different forms of reflection. (Video, 24 min., only in Swedish)

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Torgny Roxå on improving teaching culture

In his presentation at UPE’s conference Redefining Learning Spaces 2021, Torgny Roxå shared his experiences from developing academic teaching culture at Lund University. It is a lot about using students course feedback and teachers’ course evaluation as tools to gradually create positive change over a long period of time.

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