Creating a "slow learning environment" to maintain sound delivery and assessment standards in a changing economy

Grant, Bill (2009) Creating a "slow learning environment" to maintain sound delivery and assessment standards in a changing economy. In: Education for a Changing Economy: New Zealand Applied Business Education Conference (NZABE) 2009 Conference Proceedings. New Zealand Applied Business Education, pp. 174-175. ISBN 9780908668732

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Tertiary Institutes are under increasing pressure to play the efficiency on top of efficiency game. Many institutions follow the F’s based model while others are subjected to the TTH model. The next big stick is likely to be the SCR model (student completion rates model). Invariably lecturers are caught at the sharp end of an efficiency trap. After each round they are generally faced with new working conditions that seem unpalatable at first but eventually they become conditioned to. In recent years we have seen a proliferation of alternative approaches to just about everything we encounter in life. These alternative movements have appeared as a direct result of disillusionment with the status quo. For example alternatives to fast food, to drug company manipulated conventional medicine, to chemical and GE land based enterprises, to purchasing air freighted food out of season, to incomes third world farmers receive, to caged factory farming produce, etc. Tertiary Institute efficiency drives now come along so frequently it is possible to witness and observe a continuous dubbing down of standards for delivery and assessment as lecturers are faced with developing new survival strategies. Some of these strategies include lecturing and assessing straight from publisher’s power points and test banks, recycling the same lecture notes year on year, setting blind tests and exams, providing minimal interaction with students, web based approaches, etc. As a result of these fast delivery and assessment approaches we are seeing more student absentees, less student engagement, and students not being sufficiently prepared for the work place. The use of “slow learning “techniques for delivery and assessment will be explored in the workshop along with identifying strategies which help maintain standards throughout efficiency drives. Slow learning creates students who retain critical course knowledge and develop a range of important lifelong skills.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 28-29 September, 2009, in Rotorua, New Zealand
Keywords that describe the item:Slow learning, thinking students, creative teaching, innovative teaching and learning
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Schools > School of Business and Adminstration
ID Code:698
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Deposited On:10 Mar 2010 01:56
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