Making Teaching Work provides a down-to-earth, jargon-free book for teaching staff in universities and colleges, and includes reference to some of the best modern literature on assessment, teaching and feedback. By focusing on the learner in a variety of situations and contexts, the book explores how teachers can help learners to make learning happen. The authors emphasise 'teaching smarter' - helping busy, hard-pressed teachers to increase the efficiency as well as effectiveness of their work. Written with both full-time and part-time staff in mind, this book allows teaching staff to balance the various tasks which make up their workload, including the increasing paperwork and administration they encounter whilst carrying out assessment, teaching and providing feedback to students. The book addresses a wide range of aspects of assessment, learning and teaching in post-compulsory education including:How to provide a supportive learning environment - including online learningHow to design and manage formative assessment and feedbackHow to support diverse students - including addressing and achieving student satisfactionDeveloping teaching - including lecturing, small-group teaching, supporting individual learning and dealing with disruptive studentsHow to use research to improve teachingCreatively designing curriculumPromoting student employabilityBroadening horizons - including widening and deepening participationAddressing and achieving student satisfactionIt is a self-sufficient and thought-provoking resource about teaching and learning for all practitioners in post-compulsory education.
Chapter 9: Differentiation
Widening participation has resulted in some higher education programmes attracting a variety of students from diverse academic backgrounds with a wide range of student abilities, interests and reasons for following the programme. It is not unknown for large, mixed ability cohorts with differing attainment levels and expectations to follow a shared curriculum in the first, and sometimes even in the second, year of a programme. The changing student: staff ratios in higher education mean that sometimes foundation, undergraduate and even postgraduate students are taught together. In these cases all students may experience ...