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.

The Use of Simulations as a Teaching Tool

The Use of Simulations as a Teaching Tool

By connecting international politics to the ‘real’ world, simulations combined with traditional lectures and readings make a course more interactive and involving.

How Movie References Can Make Teaching Theories More Accessible

How Movie References Can Make Teaching Theories More Accessible

The different time periods in the trilogy ‘Back to the Future’ have been valuable for bringing concepts in courses such as IPE and IR Theory to life.

How to Motivate Students to Discuss Research Design

How to Motivate Students to Discuss Research Design

It pays off to come down from the “sage on stage” position and show that your work is not perfect by having students tear apart your own old projects.

Cultivating Your Silence in the Classroom

Cultivating Your Silence in the Classroom

Scholars often talk too much in the classroom. They should re-evaluate how they can reduce teacher talk time by encouraging students to take more of a lead.

One Mature Student Success Story among Many

One Mature Student Success Story among Many

Adults can feel frustrated when going back into education and tend to overlook their own experiences, when these can be their best asset in their studies.

Call for Short Contributions on Teaching and Learning

Call for Short Contributions on Teaching and Learning

The Ivory Tower delivers a look at the other side of the IR lecture theatre, a real professors-eye-view of the world of international politics. We are open for new guest contributors.

Fixing the ‘Prevent’ Strategy in UK Education

Fixing the ‘Prevent’ Strategy in UK Education

A better counter-terrorism strategy would encourage cohesiveness and a better understanding of different ethnic groups – some of the core principles in any democratic society.

Education Reform and the Asian Values Debate

Education Reform and the Asian Values Debate

The emergence of tutoring businesses all across neighborhoods in the United States is the result of American policymakers’ obsession with test-based education reform.

Using Hybridized Teaching Methodologies in China

Using Hybridized Teaching Methodologies in China

In a system over-reliant on rote learning and inefficient testing and engagement, a hybrid approach fusing Western and Eastern methods offers a better path.

Strategies for Making Large Lectures More Interactive

Strategies for Making Large Lectures More Interactive

Active learning is what we would like students to be doing in a lecture: thinking about and engaging with the content, rather than copying slides.

What Is ‘Active Learning’ and Why Is It Important?

What Is ‘Active Learning’ and Why Is It Important?

Interacting with content through active learning has some compelling advantages over ‘delivery mode’ lectures. It helps to maintain student concentration & deepens learning.

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