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Opinion piece: non-traditional practical work for traditional campuses

Drysdale, Timothy D., Kelley, Simon, Scott, Anne-Marie, Dishon, Victoria, Weightman, Andrew, Lewis, Richard James ORCID: and Watts, Stephen 2020. Opinion piece: non-traditional practical work for traditional campuses. Higher Education Pedagogies 5 (1) , pp. 210-222. 10.1080/23752696.2020.1816845

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Traditional practical work for higher education in STEM subjects is under pressure from rising student numbers and adesired increase in active learning. Investing in more buildings and staff is financially challenging, while stretching existing resources affects outcomes, health, and participation. A more pragmatic approach is to embrace a less instrumentalist view of practical work in physical spaces and instead adopt a critical post-humanist approach which mixes both humanity and technology to achieve a sum greater than the parts, not bound by the limits of either. We share the experiences of leading UK exponents of non-traditional laboratories in the four main categories of simulation, virtual laboratories, real-asynchronous, and real- synchronous activities, as well as experts in scaling digital education initiatives for university-wide adoption. We foreshadow opportunities, challenges and potential solutions to increasing the opportunity for active learning by students studying at traditional campuses, via the complementary addition of non-traditional practical work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
ISSN: 2375-2696
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 12 May 2020
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 13:13

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