Does it matter where students sit in lecture halls?

Lectures are a staple of higher education, and understanding how students interact and learn within the lecture theatre environment is central to successful learning. In a new study published in FEBS Open Bio, researchers examined students’ reasons for choosing particular seats in a lecture hall, and investigated how seating positions correlate with student performance. Many students … Continue reading Does it matter where students sit in lecture halls?

IDRC tool evaluates global south research

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have recently announced a new research evaluation tool, ‘Research Quality Plus (RQ+)’, which will give more importance to local context when determining the legitimacy of research. In an article from the journal ‘Nature’, Jean Lebel (IDRC president) and Robert McLean (an IDRC senior program specialist) describe the limitations of … Continue reading IDRC tool evaluates global south research

US universities need better anti-bullying policies

Higher education institutions in the United States should change their faculty codes of conduct to define bullying as a distinctive form of harassment, according to a new paper published in the National Communication Association’s journal First Amendment Studies. Such codes also need to provide faculty and staff with clearer communications regarding bullying, and offer guidance … Continue reading US universities need better anti-bullying policies

ODU on digital opportunities

How might vocational training look in 2030? What kind of innovations will be ushered in by digitisation and Industry 4.0? These questions were in focus for five ODU apprentices, each with different training occupations, who took part in a German ‘Digital Youngsters’ competition organised by the Worldskills Germany association. They were tasked with developing a … Continue reading ODU on digital opportunities