Embedding active, research and inquiry-based learning in the curriculum (28 Jan 2020)

We had the absolute pleasure to have Professor Mick Healey conduct a workshop on “Embedding active, research and inquiry-based learning in the curriculum” on 28 January, here at Kaplan Singapore. 

Prof Healey’s interactive session explored with participants the meaning of the concepts of active, research and inquiry learning and discussed a range of ways in which they may lead to greater student engagement. Particular attention was paid to embedding active and inquiry-based activities into courses. The argument of the workshop was that we need to see our students as producers and not just consumers of knowledge, in which the students are engaged in undertaking research and inquiry and producing new knowledge for themselves and, in many cases, contributing to new knowledge for society. The session was illustrated with numerous examples of active learning practices and mini-case studies of research and inquiry-based learning practices from around the world. It was very well-received by the participants.

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Mick Healey is an HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Until 2010 he was Director of the Centre for Active Learning, a nationally funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  He is currently The Humboldt Distinguished Scholar in Research-Based Learning at McMaster University, Canada. From 2014-17 he was visiting professor at UCL, helping them embed the Connected Curriculum across the institution. He was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and to be made a Principal Fellow of the HE Academy.  In 2015 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  Since 1995 he has given over 500 educational presentations in 25 different countries.  Mick has written and edited over 200 papers, chapters, books and guides on various aspects of teaching and learning in HE.  He has over 9,500 citations. He was co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development (2010-13) and is currently Inaugural Senior Editor International Journal for Students as Partners.  He is often asked to act as an advisor to projects, universities and governments on aspects of teaching and learning, including the Canadian Federal Government and the League of European Research Universities.