NTU and partners lead the way in demonstrating innovative teaching methods

A project to demonstrate how innovative teaching methods can be used by universities on a large scale to benefit students is to be led by Nottingham Trent University.

A project to demonstrate how innovative teaching methods can be used by universities on a large scale to benefit students is to be led by Nottingham Trent University.

Around 100 lecturers at the university already practise the SCALE-UP teaching model which uses problem-solving group activities combined with a ‘flipped-learning’ approach. Flipped-learning reverses the usual study format so that video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, allowing discussions and activities to take place in group sessions.

Now, NTU is to lead a project with partners Anglia Ruskin University and University of Bradford, who have also demonstrated the value of team-based learning, to show how these active learning approaches can be used on a large scale across universities.

All three institutions have reported benefits for students, including improved enhanced ‘wider’ engagement with module material outside the classroom, improved student attendance, early student socialisation, acclimatisation, progression and achievement.

Although the value of these approaches is widely recognised in the university sector, it has proved challenging for institutions to spread their adoption beyond staff who are ‘innovators’, limiting how widely they are practised.

The £1m project, called SCALING UP Active Collaborative Learning for Student Success, will aim to address that limitation. It has been awarded nearly £441,000 of Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) money to support the work in all three institutions.

Jane McNeil, Director of Academic Development at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Teaching approaches like SCALE-UP and Team Based Learning have been shown to be of great benefit to students. We already use SCALE-UP quite widely, with around 100 academics currently teaching this way. The funding will allow us to increase the use of active learning pedagogies at all three institutions.”

Sharon Waller, Head of Anglia Learning and Teaching at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “As a university known for innovation we are always looking for opportunities to enhance the experience of our students.

“This project provides a collaborative opportunity to explore the benefits of active learning pedagogies, including team-based learning, on a wider scale, enabling more staff and students to take part and gain.”

Professor Marcus Rattray, Head of the School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford said: “We are delighted that we will be able to work with two other institutions to help embed Team Based Learning in UK university teaching.  Having used Team Based Learning for our Pharmacy course since 2012 we are confident about its ability to transform the learning experience for students.

"Our pharmacy students are more independent as learners, more enquiring and more empowered than ever before.”

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NTU and partners lead the way in demonstrating innovative teaching methods

Published on 9 March 2017
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