Opinion

Could we be seeing an end to Freshers’ Week? LITE Fellows Andrew Mearman and Ruth Payne suggest that students need more than a brief introduction to academia and a pub crawl. LITE’s ELIXIR project is looking closely at what 21st century students want and need in their first year at...

We’re proud to say 2019 has been an exciting and busy time of growth for LITE and its community –  and 2020 promises to be just the same. As well as offering our current portfolio of events, projects and funding opportunities, watch out for several new initiatives in the coming...

This issue’s focus on pedagogic research (PedR) takes a look at the recently published article exploring the ‘threshold concepts’ about online pedagogy for novice online teachers in higher education LITE Research Officer, Katie Livesey, examines the salient parts here for SEB. With online learning playing an increasingly significant role in...

In this edition’s digital column,  Professor Neil Morris, introduces the University’s new mobile voting software to support and enhance student engagement across teaching at Leeds. The University has recently agreed to implement an institutional mobile voting solution from August 2019, available to all staff and students, following an extensive cross-institutional...

It was with great pleasure that I recently accepted the offer to become the new Director of Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence on an interim basis. I believe that from LITE’s successful beginnings, it is now timely to review and re-energise the work and impact of the Institute. I bring...

ARE YOUNG people really ‘switched off’ from politics and being active in their local communities or are we just looking in the wrong places to see their efforts? LITE Teaching Enhancement Project Leader Bronwin Patrickson explores here how the next generation are making their voices heard across innovative new platforms. In...

University assessment is under the microscope and the sector is working hard to address issues surrounding it. LITE Excellence and Innovation Fellow Samantha Pugh examines what can be learnt from the secondary sector and how it may benefit students and staff in higher education. Assessment in education serves a number...

Higher education is under more pressure then ever to prove its value and measure the learning gain of its students. LITE Teaching Enhancement Project Leaders, Karen Llewellyn and Caroline Campbell, write here about how their project explores the benefits students get from their time at university. The Leeds Curriculum is...

A project designed to strengthen links between postgraduate taught students and the region’s buoyant cultural industries is being jointly run by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) and the University’s Cultural Institute. LITE intern and MA student, Francesca Taylor, has been supporting the project and writes here about her experiences. When I...