Refining Technique in Academic Writing

  I wrote briefly last week about the importance of technique in academic writing.   Academic writing is, above all else, a specialised form of communication, which remains true whether we are teaching essay writing to first year students or working on a journal article addressing our research. Articles, essays, theses, and dissertations are all … Continue reading Refining Technique in Academic Writing

Developing Student Self-Reflexivity In Secondary Source Research

Yesterday I wrote about how I introduce secondary source research to students.  Those 7 questions, are, of course, only the starting point for helping students to get the full benefit from engaging with the work of other thinkers.When our students are working with secondary source material in their writing, we should be encouraging them to … Continue reading Developing Student Self-Reflexivity In Secondary Source Research

7 Questions to Help Students Use and Understand Secondary Sources

The university-level study of English is paradoxically both an individual and collaborative effort, with students developing their own analytical skills while simultaneously learning to think in collaborative ways with tutors and fellow students.  What this paradox demonstrates, of course, is that communicating with those around you plays a significant role in the development of ideas, … Continue reading 7 Questions to Help Students Use and Understand Secondary Sources

“How Do You Consume Your Media?” It’s Time to Get Serious

This week I reminded my students that if they are serious about getting a good job in writing or communications then they need to get serious about their media consumption.  That means: a daily newspaper with an international focus, a weekly news magazine, and two to three high-quality monthly magazines.  'But that doesn't require you … Continue reading “How Do You Consume Your Media?” It’s Time to Get Serious

Making the Most Out of Experiential Learning: 5 Things That Work for Me

Over the past several years I have experimented with experiential learning in my teaching: how it's presented, how it's managed, and how it's evaluated.  This semester I have rolled out a full-scale experiential learning component for my module on the Twentieth-Century British Novel--and this has only come after a great deal of trial and error.  … Continue reading Making the Most Out of Experiential Learning: 5 Things That Work for Me

When Will Kindles Be Ready for the University Classroom?

I have said before that my research is still largely paper-based and that I use my Kindle exclusively for pleasure reading.  This isn't entirely true: I do use a combo of Mendeley and Evernote on my iPad for journal articles.  However, the fact remains that my primary texts are just about always of the paper … Continue reading When Will Kindles Be Ready for the University Classroom?