Conclusions: Proposals for stimulating and challenging teaching

Following our model, we have outlined 5 themed proposals for developing stimulating and challenging teaching. This is where the origins of this post in developmental work with colleagues is further unmasked. The example activities are the basis for us to work with staff groups, to ask what might this look like for your students?

This is our current draft, but we like the idea of sharing a work in progress and updating it as we work through the year with colleagues – and welcome those within and beyond our University sending us more to populate the chart with here! (we are at and

Example activities
Cultivating autonomy Micro-activities in lectures, questioning, case studies, problem-based learning, blank canvas assessments, students writing assessment criteria.


Leading your students Modelling behaviour, sharing practice around gaps and debates in disciplinary knowledge.


Actively engage and encouraging uncertainty Opportunities to present and re-present conceptual understanding – e.g. discussion in class, group tasks, case studies and scenarios, written analysis, creating an artefact.


Impossible tasks, games, scenarios, case studies. Reflective elements to activities.


Developing community and active citizenship Develop common understanding of learning community; opportunities to build relationships in and outside the classroom (team activities, field trips etc).


Group and collaborative activities, community projects.


Becoming the subject specialist Identity development, multi-disciplinary teams, research-led projects, enquiry-based learning, problem-based learning, capstone projects.


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