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5. Top Tips

  1. Think carefully about the role of lectures in your modules delivery. Is a weekly lecture series really needed, or could you offer occasional lectures as signposting for learners with more workshop activity? Alternatively, are lectures required at all?

  2. Consider streaming students according to ability, whilst carefully explaining the reasons to your students.

  3. Design innovative teaching sessions that maintain student interest, and forms of assessment that requires continuous engagement. Consider the use of in-class online quiz software, video clips and assessment of a video presentation.

  4. Avoid focus on delivering to students with the lowest ability. Stretch your higher ability students whilst supporting weaker students. You could provide extra supported learning time for weaker students, whilst tasking stronger students to use software to visualise maths or stats techniques.

  5. Engage support staff and student mentors. Find out the help available outside your department to support your maths/stats students. Also consider engaging students in the later stages of their degree to act as student mentors.

  6. Ask students for their views of their learning experience formally and informally throughout the teaching weeks. Provide feedback on how you have responded to their comments i.e. ‘make it count’.