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.

Nurturing Cognitive and Affective Empathy: The Benefits of Perspective-Taking

Nurturing Cognitive and Affective Empathy: The Benefits of Perspective-Taking

Course intention and design must balance cognitive learning with affective learning, while also incorporating psychomotor learning through engaging class activities.

Structuring a Mixed-Methods Course

Structuring a Mixed-Methods Course

With some fine-tuning, the mixed-method model has the potential to be an effective and economical teaching approach.

Fostering Inclusion in a Diverse Classroom

Fostering Inclusion in a Diverse Classroom

Teaching students from a range of nationalities and cultures results can be rich and rewarding, yet it is not without difficulties.

The Weird and Wonderful Virtues of Human Geography

The Weird and Wonderful Virtues of Human Geography

When one reads Human Geography seriously, one is more open to the creative dance of complex causes and open to lumpy landscapes.

We Need to Talk about International Relations

We Need to Talk about International Relations

A discussion is needed on whether IR as a discipline is cutting across nations, languages, and cultures the way it is supposed to do.

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Reasonable Testing Accommodations for English Language Learners in IR Classrooms

As the number of ELLs increase in university classrooms, it will be important for instructors to develop supporting approaches that are both fair and effective.

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.

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