Fletcher-Wood on Motivating Students when Teaching Online

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL How can we motivate students to learn when teaching online? This question is taken up by Harry Fletcher-Wood in an excellent recent blogpost, ‘Motivating distant learners: schools under coronavirus’. His post puts forward five online teaching strategies that aim to increase student engagement and perseverance with distance learning tasks. Each is […]

Research-based Effective Online Teaching Strategies

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Many useful articles have been written recently on effective online teaching and learning strategies. As an educator it can be overwhelming to try to take on board much of the advice. It can also be difficult to tell which strategies are the most effective and worth trying to incorporate into one’s […]

Assessing Learning when Teaching Online

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Assessment in teaching and learning is the process of obtaining information to gain insights into what students know and understand. Assessment helps teachers to identify whether students are ready to move to the next stage in the learning process, the areas on which students need to focus, and where teaching and […]

Fostering an Online Community: Three Tips for Engaging Students Online

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Student engagement is one of the most important factors in effective teaching and learning. One of the greatest challenges posed by distance learning is how to engage students remotely. Teaching is an interactive, interpersonal process which involves reading the subtleties of human behaviour as indicators of how successful learning has been. […]

Advice for Effective Distance Learning

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL ‘Distance learning’, or ‘remote learning’, is a form of remote education that does not involve regular face-to-face contact between teacher and student or among students. Distance learning courses vary from occasional lessons to full courses taught through distance learning. This post outlines some tips for effective distance learning in the context […]

Rosenshine and Sherrington on Reviewing

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Reviewing is important in teaching and learning. We forget things, but regularly revisiting what we have learned can reduce the amount we forget. Reviewing also helps us develop our understanding of what we have learned and consolidate knowledge in our long-term memory. Daily, weekly and monthly review In his ‘Principles of […]

Rosenshine and Sherrington on Questioning

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Questioning is important in teaching and learning. Effective questioning methods engage students and give them opportunities to explain what they have learned. Most importantly, using questioning to check for student understanding helps teachers to gain feedback about how successful teaching and learning has been. In his ‘Principles of Instruction’,[1] Barak Rosenshine […]

Rosenshine and Sherrington on Modelling

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Modelling is an instructional strategy where a teacher demonstrates a new concept or approach to learning and students learn through observation. In his ‘Principles of Instruction’, Barak Rosenshine argues that modelling is an important part of effective teaching and learning.[1] The role of modelling in Rosenshine’s principles In that article, Rosenshine […]

Project-based Learning

Jonathan Beale, Researcher-in-Residence, CIRL Project-based learning (‘PBL’) is a student-centred, dynamic pedagogical method, where students actively explore real-world problems and challenges, and the teacher inputs little more than guidance. Usually it culminates in the production of a project, such as a written assignment, a performance, or a presentation. The aim of a project is to […]