Buxton To Teach UK About Learning From Life

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Date posted: 1 October 2013

A reputation for 'real world' learning has seen the University of Derby Buxton chosen to host a one-day seminar on its teaching methods for a national education institution.

The session on how students on sport, outdoor and spa-related courses learn better through active and 'hands on' experiences will be held at the University's Buxton Campus on February 19, next year (2014). It has been organised through the Higher Education Academy, a nationally funded independent organisation which supports the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education.

Educators from all over the UK are expected to attend February's seminar demonstrating how role play and coaching sessions in class, and work placements and community involvement externally, add to Buxton's courses and better prepare students for their future careers.

A 2011 Government White Paper - entitled Higher Education:Students at the Heart of the System - called for students to participate more actively in their learning and for what they learnt to relate more to the real world of work.

Buxton students are given real tasks to be performed in their chosen field - from spa management to outdoor leadership and sports coaching - then return to the classroom to learn lessons from their experiences. They are also involved in the Buxton Campus's commercial businesses including a day spa, fine dining restaurant and an outdoor pursuits centre.

During next year's seminar, delegates will hear direct from Buxton staff and get to try some student activities for themselves.

Louise Buxton, Faculty Curriculum Development Manager at Buxton, said: "We know that we have lots of great practice in education and experiential learning at Buxton, so it would be a good opportunity to showcase what we do through this workshop."

She added: "The students want to be active, so if we get Sports Massage students to use models or manikins to identify where the muscles are and how they work, rather than using two-dimensional images, it brings learning to life."

For more details on the Higher Education Academy session in February 2014 see website www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/Social_Sciences

For further press information please contact John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer, on 01298 330461 or email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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