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.

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.

Implementing a Flipped Classroom: Student Generated Wikis and Videos

Implementing a Flipped Classroom: Student Generated Wikis and Videos

Today’s students are learning in different ways and instructors have not been paying enough attention to these changes, especially in the area of technology.

Tents, tarps and mosquito netting sit in a field in Dadaab, Kenya, Dec. 11, 2006, after being delivered by a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft. The materials are being dropped by U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as humanitarian aid for the approximately 160,000 stranded victims of recent flooding in rural areas of Kenya. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steve Staedler) (Released)

Teaching International Organizations as Bureaucracies

It can only be a good thing if students learn about the power inherent in definitions, and can reflect on the normative problems arising from these definitions.

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