With Prof Dilly Fung, UCL Arena Centre. Is it time for the higher education sector globally to take a more 'joined up' approach to it's mission? Can institutions make much richer connections between research, student education and public engagement? Drawing on the classic Humboldtian notion of the unity of research and teaching, this Exchange introduces the Connected Curriculum initiative (Fung 2017), which sets out to develop better synergies between research, education, public engagement and contribution to the world. Within this context, I present in this session the case for introducing a curated, Showcase Portfolio to taught degree programmes, both undergraduate and postgraduate. A programme-wide Showcase Portfolio, which includes work produced by students that is directed to specific 'real world' audiences, challenges students to: review their work, as they select and perhaps edit for presentation; revisit and learn from feedback on their work, including feedback from peers and external audiences/partners; develop a holistic, analytic picture of the ground covered on the programme, including insights gained through active research and enquiry; develop a stronger sense of the disciplines(s) and themes studies and the ways in which they relate to one another; articulate explicitly the perspectives and skills underpinning the range of work presented. (Fung 2017)
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