Learning & Teaching
Innovative learning options
At Glasgow Caledonian University we believe in exploring new and beneficial learning and teaching methods and technologies. Innovations in this area include our cyberspace campus in Second Life and an on-site virtual hospital that helps train tomorrow’s nurses and midwives.
GCU LEAD (Learning Enhancement and Academic Development)is the new central, academic centre whose aim is to lead and support academic development and enhanced approaches to learning and teaching, assessment, participation and progression within the context of GCU’s strategy and objectives, particularly in relation to ‘Excellence in Education’.
The Blended Learning Team in GCU LEAD work collaboratively with Learning Technologists in each Academic School to offer strategic direction, pedagogic guidance and practical support to staff in embedding learning technology across the curriculum. Our work centres around delivering the Blended Learning Roadmap, part of the Strategy for Learning. We also engage in research and horizon scanning to identify new approaches for blended and online learning at GCU.
- Virtual Learning
The School of Health and Life Sciences are using a 3D virtual world for a number of teaching, learning and assessment projects within nursing and CyberPsychology. This includes collaborative projects with the University of Indiana and a writing project with the University of Richmond. If you want to find out more about our use of this 3D virtual learning environment visit our blog at http://caledonianblogs.net/soh-secondlife/ and feel free to contact us or leave a comment.
- Virtual Hospital
The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health’s virtual hospital contains an 18-bed ward, briefing and debriefing rooms, control room, nurses’ station and intensive care suite.
- Eye Clinic
The Eye Clinic at Glasgow Caledonian University services the Department of Vision Sciences by providing clinical training facilities for up to 120 Optometrists and 30 Dispensing Opticians annually.
- Real WoRLD
Our Real WoRLD initiative, which helps prepare graduates for the world of work, was recognised in the CBI’s 2008 Future Fit report into innovative approaches to graduate employability.
- Aiming University Learning @ Work Project
This ground-breaking project was launched in February 2007 and has an overall aim of creating a strategic shift in the development of employability initiatives and work-related learning within Scottish universities.