Teaching for Quality Learning at University: What the Student Does

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Society for Research into Higher Education, 1999 - College students - 250 pages
John Biggs tackles how academics can improve their teaching in today's circumstances of large classes and diverse student populations. His approach is practical but not prescriptive. Teachers need to make decisions on teaching and assessment methods to suit their own circumstances. In order to do that they need a conceptual framework to inform their decision-making. Such a framework is clearly described and exemplified by this book. University teachers can readily adapt the ideas here to their own subjects and teaching conditions. Particular foci in Teaching for Quality Learning at University include: making the large lecture a more exciting and productive learning experience, using assessment methods that reveal the complexity and relevance of student learning and that are manageable in large classes, teaching international students, and helping teachers to reflect on and improve their own practice.

This is an accessible, jargon-free guide for all university teachers interested in enhancing their teaching and their students' learning.

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Changing university teaching
constructive alignment
Formulating and clarifying curriculum objectives

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John Biggs has held Chairs in Education in Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. He is currently an educational consultant in higher education, and Honarary Professor of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. He has published extensively on teaching and learning, with special emphasis on teaching and assessment in higher education, and teaching across cultures.

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