Using Role Play to Teach Policy Making for Managing Disease Outbreaks

By Alex Mankoo, Lecturer in Public Policy

As part of the Policy Making and Policy Analysis (PMPA) module in SPRU, I run a seminar where students take on the role of advisers to principals from governments and international organisations that have to coordinate policy responses to an evolving disease outbreak situation. With the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding over the last six months, I have often found myself thinking back to the most recent iteration of this seminar.

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Student Academic Success Support for Masters dissertation students

By Dr Sarah Watson, Student Academic Success Advisor

The Student Academic Success Advisors are delighted to be offering their support to Masters dissertation students within the Business School. While the dissertation supervisor provides expert advice for the content of the dissertation, we help students with the process of producing their dissertation.

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Posted in Assessment, Online

Remote supervision for Postgraduate dissertations

By Susan Smith
Associate Dean (Education and Students)

Many students are now on the cusp of starting their Postgraduate dissertations. The process of writing a dissertation is challenging in normal circumstances and many of our students who are embarking on this process are doing so in situations where they are isolated from their loved ones, have uncertain study conditions, and are struggling to make sense of what is expected from them.

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Student Mental Health in a Time of Social Distancing: A Virtual Running Group at the University of Sussex Business School

By Dr. C. Rashaad Shabab
Senior Teaching Fellow in Economics

For the last two academic years, members of the University of Sussex Business School have been meeting weekly during term-time behind the School’s academic building for a social run in the national park surrounding the campus. The objective of this initiative has been to support the mental health of our students and staff while enhancing the sense of community in the School.

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Preparing students for online learning

By Susan Smith
Associate Dean (Education and Students)

We’ve moved our content online successfully and developed an assessment but how do the students now know what we expect from them?

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Assessing online

By Susan Smith
Associate Dean (Education and Students)

The spread of the Covid-19 virus across the globe and the imminent move to online delivery of teaching and learning is presenting us with the additional challenge of moving our assessments online at short notice.

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Rising to the challenge of the online pivot

By Susan Smith
Associate Dean (Education and Students)

Many of us have never taught online and rely on traditional modes of assessment. The current ‘online pivot’ is being driven by necessity rather than choice in face of an unprecedented challenge to the health and wellbeing of our faculty, support services and students.

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Innovative teaching case study: Josephine Van-Ess

Providing effective feedback to students is an important and challenging aspect of the teaching and learning process especially when dealing with a large cohort. One major challenge we faced teaching on a postgraduate module on leadership with over 200 registered students was trying to find ways to provide feedback to each student in a way that allows for inclusivity.

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Innovative teaching case study: Makailla Mcconnell

In this week’s innovative teaching case study we will explore how Makailla Mcconnell has used gamification in her teaching. Watch the video below to find out how Makailla used Monopoly to teach accounting to her postgraduate students.

If you would like to contribute to this series of case studies or would like to explore how you could gamify your teaching please contact tel@sussex.ac.uk.

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Innovative teaching case study: Mark Fisher

The latest video in our innovative teaching case study series features Mark Fisher, Senior Lecturer in Accounting. Mark met with us to tell us about how he worked alongside Susan Smith, Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Associate Dean for Education and Students, to integrate an ‘audit experience’ into their module. During this experience students worked with the university and local businesses to put into practice what they had learnt during the module.

If you would like to share your teaching experiences or discuss any innovative teaching ideas that you have please contact tel@sussex.ac.uk.

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