IDEAs Resource

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What are the IDEAs?

Inspirations for Digital Engagement Activities (IDEAs) are a collection of ‘recipes’ (templates for activities) devised by members of the UCL Arena and Digital Education teams to help academic staff to foster an independent approach to learning and the ability to monitor one’s progress whether synchronously or asynchronously. Students become more involved and aware in the learning process and active in seeking clarification and support when needed. Through IDEAs, students develop a better understanding of their progress and gain confidence in what they are expected to learn and to what standard.

The activities we propose help to enhance communication between students and teaching staff and peers, particularly to facilitate interaction in a digital learning context. IDEAs are standalone activities that can be adapted to different levels and subject areas; they are embedded in teaching and can be incorporated in session plans.

Each activity includes information on set-up time, preparation needed and suggested resources. We suggest that students are exposed to the activities repeatedly, so that they can familiarise themselves with an active learning approach and gradually gain confidence and refine their understanding of their assessments, the standards required and the rationale behind it.

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