Changing landscape of HEStudent retention and recruitment (incl international market)Resources allocated on recruitment and retention – risk of dumbing down the curriculumGreater diversity of learners (non-visible diversity) – bridging courses; 1st year as common year propositions; learner responsibilityQA and Admin dutiesKeeping abreast of technological advancements
In conclusion, it is very gratifying to note the number of intensely passionate and committed educators in higher education. It is evident that the concerns and challenges raised within these armchair sessions came from a deep rooted belief and desire to create an engaging and worthwhile learning experience for all students in higher education today. However, the authors recognize that the ICEP audience represents only a sample of the professionals in the higher education sector – and, within that group, a subset who are willing and comfortable to engage in debate and discussion. The future challenge will be to encourage the voices of a wider audience, to ensure that their experiences and concerns can be harnessed to improve and contribute to the ongoing debate on national policy in higher education.
Lecturers have their say: what informs pedegogy?
Lecturers have their say:what informs pedagogy? Fiona O’Riordan Dr Kevin Casey Dr Larry McNutt Dr Sue Bergin
Background• ICEP 2010• Conference Committee• Armchair Sessions• Capture voices of lecturers• Objective: – Forum to collectively discuss challenges facing lecturers today
Methodology Appreciative Inquiry Grounded Theory
Grounded TheoryPreliminary Findings of Collective Voice Views on student engagement Main challenges faced Motivating values and beliefs
Views on student engagement“bring students into the “no gadgetry, no debate…and to bring technology, justtheir [the students] own really good personal experiences discussion’ into it [the debate] Flexible and responsive Socratic approach with small groups Encourage dialogue…debate…exploration and critique of knowledge “The perception of everybody Collaborative teaching and learning to be that we are here seems relationship teachers, not lecturers…that Technology to enhance sound pedagogy creates a kind of“...it [technology] is a being a lecturer a barrier between you and thetool like your pencil students, whereas a teacher iswas years ago and much more kind of egalitarianyour book”. and I much prefer that word teacher to lecturer”
Main Challenges Faced “I mean it is made quite Because we’re losing students we clear that one of the tended to dumb it down to a priorities is the retention certain extent I think in order to of students. As that get them there [graduate]. would be a marker for What we give them is notChanging landscape as of HE resources in the even engaging as it used to be or it future”. can be” Student retention and recruitment Resources allocation ““…post-grad becomes just the norm, Greater diversity of learners the norm, but you and we know it is“I suppose if we are QA and Admin dutieshave certain levels to do have tosuccessful in engagingstudents, hopefully Technological advancements learning and that access that sort of isn’t always taken into any sort offewer should drop out, consideration when the institution isif they feel like they are promoting higher learning withoutinvolved”. ‘Irish government looking at the qualifications and actively looking for trying to have the base learning in international students place as well”.
Values and Beliefs “I mean it is made quite clear that one of the priorities is the retention “You want to make it more of students. As that fun…and more engaging…you would be a marker for don’t want to bore them to even resources in the tears”. future”. Fun learning environments Move away from assessment driven learning ““completely change a person’s Meet student in their comfort zone their life….to completely change Be guided by own moral compassand to be generations lifestyle”“You want to make “even a small part of it [lifestylethings better and change]” is very rewarding”.improve things all thetime” “…just enjoy learning – to move away from ‘I need a grade’”
In conclusion HugeDespite the To engage commitmentchallenges learners and passion