“British academic expectations are too often presented as a fixed and implicitly global worldwide norm, which in fact they are not.” This article looks at academic expectations in different countries as “cultural phenomena” and discusses supporting students, especially international students, effectively.
Grounded in a social, fluid, and multiple nature of literacy, Chang Liu’s article critically reflects on a collaborative filmmaking experience and discusses the benefits of incorporating elements of media education into formal schooling, arguing for a curricular and pedagogical change, from one preoccupied with competition, testing, and outcomes to one that honours collaboration, reflection, and multimodality.
The Imponderable Bloom: E.M. Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’ on Isolation, Social Distancing, and Online Lecturing
Francesca Pierini is an Adjunct Lecturer at University of Basel. In this short article, she proposes a reading of The Machine Stops (1909), a sci-fi short story E.M. Forster wrote in 1909, in order to reflect on several specific aspects of the narrative that closely resonate with our most recent experiences in a time of COVID-19 pandemic, from social isolation to distance lecturing.
Entrance to teacher education is a highly political issue with high entrance scores and some form of aptitude test being the norm. This article by Dr Yvonne Masters of the University of New England, Australia, is a discussion starter to examine the questions: who is missing out and is equity being ignored under the guise of quality?