Ivory Tower – With Stephen McGlinchey

Far from being an intellectual arena disconnected from everyday life, today’s academia is driven by research impact and innovative teaching. The Ivory Tower brings together scholars from around the world to reflect on teaching, learning, service and research to help demystify the role of the modern-day academic. The blog is curated by Dr Stephen McGlinchey, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West of England and E-IR’s Editor-in-Chief.

Teaching Our Students to Critique Again

Teaching Our Students to Critique Again

Failing to teach our international relations/politics is a failure to guide students in the process of developing their own value judgments.

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Barbarism and What is to be Done: Reforming Discourse in the Classroom

The potential barbarism of discourse in future classrooms is discussed along with ways to promote civilisation amongst divergent students.

Tolerating Difference: Free Speech on Campus

Tolerating Difference: Free Speech on Campus

If we want students to tolerate difference, educators ought to create a space in which students are free to speak their mind and evaluate the ideas of others.

Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth Moment

Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth Moment

Educators must build strong foundations for critical thinking that is equally attuned to affective and cognitive learning in these times of manufactured uncertainty.

Discussion Roles Transform College Asynchronous Talk

Discussion Roles Transform College Asynchronous Talk

Discussion roles provide a tremendous learning and critical thinking advantage for entry level online students looking to become comfortable responding in discussion.

Being a ‘Whole Educator’

Being a ‘Whole Educator’

Instructors of multi-cultural classrooms must branch out and begin to devote some of their time to understanding their students as a whole.

Grade Less and Assess More: The Value of Ongoing Feedback

Grade Less and Assess More: The Value of Ongoing Feedback

Ongoing and formative assessment is especially valuable for students to observe their own progress and to identify areas for improvement.

Drawing on Universal Design Principles in Interdisciplinary Teaching

Drawing on Universal Design Principles in Interdisciplinary Teaching

Interdisciplinary co-teaching is beneficial because students require knowledge beyond politics if they want to be effective in future study and / or careers.

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Towards a ‘Challenge-Driven’ International Relations Education?

One of the problems that IR faces is that its students cannot do it in the way that engineers, for example, can design and build in workshops.

Teaching as a Southern in the North

Teaching as a Southern in the North

Various phenomenon that may drive negative feedback against instructors should be considered by academic institutions before they make career-defining decisions about teaching staff.

IR ‘News of the Week’: A Student’s Perspective

IR ‘News of the Week’: A Student’s Perspective

Discussing news issues with your peers is an unburdening exercise that helps develop research and presentation skills and builds confidence in applying theories.

Preaching the Craft of Reading

Preaching the Craft of Reading

Students should be encouraged to read outside their comfort zone to work out their reading muscles, or even to just turn off their TV, radios, and electronic devices.

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