2017-03-16

How much reading is enough?

I am often asked how much reading is enough? In this post I outline what you should consider in order to decide when it is enough.
2017-01-28

Providing feedback for learning

Providing feedback is important to improve learning. So here are some examples for providing feedback that foster students' engagement.
2016-05-18

Integrity at the core of strategies to prevent cheating and plagiarism

Universities need to teach professional values and integrity, if plagiarism and cheating is to be prevented in the long-term.
2016-04-22

Findings from RefME survey on plagiarism

RefME survey findings show how students are affected by plagiarism. More needs to be done to prevent plagiarism by raising awareness.
2016-03-13

Using creative methods to reflect

Producing reflections can be a creative process if we allow for more creative methods, such as Lego models.
2016-01-27

Reflections about plagiarism

Plagiarism is a socio-cultural issue. This is about academic integrity and the reputation of an institution and the degree that is awarded. I would not want to hold an academic degree that is devalued in such way that many people were able to cheat their way through it. This is a reflective piece of writing on plagiarism and what it feels like for an academic.
2016-01-08

Professional development portfolios

Many teacher training sessions and professional development courses nowadays link to or culminate in the compilation of portfolios. Portfolios are evidences and resources that are gathered and annotated systematically to provide an overview of the teachers' achievements, career events and areas for development. The process of gathering information for the portfolios is an opportunity to take a step back from everyday work to reposition yourself and reconsider your values, your development and your learning. Here is some help for developing portfolios.
2015-12-20

Time management

A cyclical process of reading, writing and editing is only possible if you leave enough time. Time management is therefore one of the key skills to learn when entering University life. The easiest way to introduce effective time management is by preparing schedules.
2015-12-10

How to make writing more academic

In tutorials students often tell me that they are not confident regarding their writing skills and they ask me how to make writing more academic. Every University, every faculty and even departments will have their own philosophy relating to writing, so these guidelines must be adhered to. However, I personally think that students' attempts to make writing more academic often result in less structured and weaker essays.
2015-11-30

Types of plagiarism

Irrespective of the types of plagiarism, ultimately plagiarism is a punishable offence. Therefore, it is a good idea to get fully acquainted with the different types of plagiarism in order to be able to effectively avoid difficult situations. You are best advised to err on the side of caution and therefore credit too many authors and originators rather than not crediting others enough. Plagiarism is not a trivial offence, but theft and will be treated as such, irrespective of whether or not you plagiarise intentionally or unintentionally.
2015-11-22

Research posters

Download two examples of research posters from here.
2015-11-21

How to create a research poster

Nowadays more and more emphasis is placed upon the impact of research. In many cases research students are even required to create a research poster as part of their thesis and enquiry submissions. However, how do you create a research poster?
2015-10-10

Methodology and methods – what are they?

When preparing a practice-based enquiry or research you will need to ask yourself how you will answer your research question or test your hypothesis. The methodology and methods section of a proposal or write-up lays out these ground rules and approaches you take.
2015-10-07

Systematic reading to prepare a literature review

If you read a great range of articles you may find that you cannot remember who said what when and where. Therefore, a systematic approach to reading and taking notes is necessary. It may be helpful to apply the "CaMLISd" grid.
2015-10-04

Writing entries in a reflective journal

Writing entries for a reflective journal is often a daunting aspect of teacher training, as we are not used to writing diaries. Here are some thoughts on how to get started with writing reflections.
2015-09-29

Plagiarism

What is plagiarism? What are the consequences of plagiarism? What can you do to avoid plagiarising work? A brief introduction.