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Case Studies - Key skills and PPD

Using a Teaching Innovation Grant to develop English language apps

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Screenshot of iGE app

Professor Bas Aarts, Seth Mehl and Sean Wallis describe the three interactive apps they’ve developed, and explain why spelling, punctuation and good writing are important.

Collaborating with health centres in Tanzania and Jamaica

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Professor Timothy McHugh teaching in Tanzania at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre

Professor Tim McHugh, Director of the UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology, explains why working with and in resource-poor countries is so important, both for research and teaching.

Students chairing tutorials

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A student talks in his tutorial

The Department of Speech and Language Therapy’s Dr Rachel Rees explains why students are asked to chair their own tutorials during the first and second years of their degree.

Ongoing collaborative research project on the history of electricity

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A student gives a presentation to her peers

Dr Chiara Ambrosio explains how this unique and innovative course works, and why it’s so beneficial for students.

Scenario-based learning in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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University Street sign, London

In this video, Dr Benn Thomsen from UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering discusses his experiences of using scenarios to aid the teaching of undergraduate students. The presentation slides are available to download below the video.

Complementing personal tutoring with group coaching

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Gillian Lacey-Solymar talks to students

Craig Daraz, Teaching Programme Manager at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, explains how postgraduates’ employability is boosted through a combination of individual and group tutorials.

Personal tutoring in Chemistry

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UCL Quad

Dr Andrew Wills, Director of Studies for the Department of Chemistry, talks about the personal tutoring system.

Using anatomical drawings to help teach Shakespeare

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Study of the Borghese Gladiator, c1600, Anonymous (UCL Art Museum 4726)

Dr Chris Laoutaris, from the Department of English Language and Literature, explains how he used the UCL Art Museum to help his students understand Shakespeare plays.

'Mystery specimen' project

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Object-based learning in the Grant Museum

Dr Helen Chatterjee, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Deputy Director of Museums, explains why there are so many puzzled-looking students in the Grant Museum of Zoology.

Helping a graduate get a job in the Home Office

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Cruciform building, UCL

The Institute of Archaeology’s Professor Sue Hamilton explains how using the key skills grid in her personal tutoring sessions helped a former student get a job at the Home Office.

Real-life planning scenario based on Dar es Salaam

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Students role-play a protest

Dr Kamna Patel tells us about the week-long scenario-based learning exercise students at the Development Planning Unit (DPU) undertook in Autumn 2012.

Providing graphics skills through distance learning

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Open-source GIS

Professor Matthew Carmona explains why and how the Bartlett School of Planning set up the Urban Skills Portal, an online resource to help postgraduate students develop graphics skills prior to their arrival at UCL.

Learning to make connections in pharmacy using Mediawiki

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Sample concept map

David West and Andrew Wilderspin from the School of Pharmacy explain the Provost's Teaching Award-winning Integrated Therapeutics Project, in which wikis are used to teach students integration.

Filming role-played mental health consultations for assessment

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The Anna Freud Centre’s Nick Midgley and Fiona John explain why they introduced filmed role-play assessment to a first-year Master’s module.

Peer review of virology essays

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Students discussing work with each other

Dr Richard Milne, from the Centre for Virology, explains how introducing a peer review system helped improve his students' essay marks by an average of one degree class.

Using 'policy portfolios' to develop students' skills

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Man using laptop

In 2012, Oliwia Berdak won a Provost's Teaching Award for the policy portfolio scheme she devised as a postgraduate teaching assistant (PGTA). Here, she explains the concept and its benefits.

Students interviewing their teachers

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Student talking to teacher

Charmian Dawson, Teaching Fellow in Biosciences, explains how she boosted student engagement by getting them talking to the academics in their department.

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