The external environment
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  • The Government is introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.
  • The Higher Education Academy has developed a series of strategic frameworks created in response to, and in collaboration with, the HE sector, which are based on extensive evidence and experience. The HEA has also produced a range of toolkits to bring together useful resources to help enhance teaching practice and to improve student learning outcomes. Materials include a guide to working with students as partners (pdf).
  • The HEFCE's learning gain programme is supporting excellence and innovation in learning and teaching. The programme will test new ways of capturing educational outcomes and analyse how students benefit from higher education.

 

 Examples of existing Imperial resources and initiatives
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  • Imperial has published a new series of case studies to share some of our many examples of innovations in learning.
  • The Educational Development Unit exists to support learning and teaching, raising its profile and enhancing the student experience. The Unit organises the College's annual Education Day, a symposium for staff and students which provides an opportunity to showcase teaching practice.
  • The Medical Education Research Unit share an interest in medical education research and a desire to use their research to improve their programmes of study and teaching.
  • The new Essentials for MBA Success courses have been created by Imperial College Business School to provide learners with a solid grounding in the foundation topics needed to embark on an MBA.
  • The Department of Earth Science and Engineering are undertaking their own pedagogic research and developing new methodologies, whilst blending traditional and contemporary teaching methods.
  • The Faculty of Natural Sciences has produced a set of guidance documents and case studies based on existing good practice from within FoNS Departments, other Faculties and external sources.
  • The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine is the first undergraduate school to completely replace lectures as the primary classroom teaching method for large groups.
  • The College uses Mentimeter, a web-based, real-time polling tool that can be used to gauge the opinions or knowledge of an audience. It provides a selection of question types and enables users to view feedback in real-time. This tool is primarily used by lecturers at Imperial for in-class polling to gauge the knowledge and opinions of students. This is one of a range of tools supported by Imperial's e-learning teams.

Do you have a particular example of good practice in learning and teaching you’d like to share with us? Please feel free to get in touch LTstrategy@imperial.ac.uk.

 External reference points
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  • Professor Carl Wieman holds a joint appointment at Stanford University as Professor of Physics and the Graduate School of Education. Throughout his career he has carried out extensive experimental research in atomic and optical physics, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001. He has now turned his focus towards improving undergraduate physics and science education, pioneering the use of experimental techniques and subsequently evaluating the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences. A number of publications setting out the results of studies into this approach are available from the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia website.
  • This approach has also been adopted by the University of Colorado and more information is available from the CU Science Education Initiative website
  • Harvard Medical School launched an innovative new curriculum called Pathways in Summer 2015. This new curriculum incorporates pedagogical approaches and will provide customised pathways for every student.