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University of Brighton Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: The Trouble with Modules

Some of these slides may make little sense unless you were actually there, but hopefully the general message is clear enough - modules (AKA courses, units, papers) as typically enacted at universities, are structurally flawed, (almost) inevitably demotivating those that take them as well as having other harmful knock-on effects. It made sense in mediaeval times, but it doesn't have to be that way any more. The slides suggest a few ways to reduce the harmful effects and encourage speculation on what the world might be like without courses. The blank page near the end is intentional - that was a chance for people at the session to imagine a world without courses, starting with a blank slate. 


  • Apostolos Koutropoulos July 11, 2014 - 6:22am

    Jon this looks like an interesting presentation.  I take it that it wasn't recorded.  If it was, is there a link? I would love to see it! :)

  • Jon Dron July 11, 2014 - 6:54am

    Thanks Apostolos - I'm afraid not. There was a lot of intra-audience interaction so it might have been a bit of a cacophony! I will try to find time to make a blog post about it (and maybe even a paper).