Teaching with primary sources

Innovation in the HE classroom

UK higher education has become increasingly focused on the quality of its teaching. Since the implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), we have noted that some universities are developing innovative approaches to engaging students in the use of primary sources at undergraduate level. A small number are implementing initiatives to improve engagement in the classroom through the deployment of technology which allows continuous feedback between student and teacher.

Considering these changes, we recently published ten member stories which evidence how digital archives can help students become more engaged in developing their own approaches to learning. They illustrate creative approaches to working with archival content, not only for progressing a student’s personal learning goals, but also for sharing with other students. A few of the stories explore the deployment of technologies to enable new forms of student-teacher engagement.

The stories first appeared in a series of three informative blog posts by our colleague Sarah Davies:

The posts provide context to the rich stories which are published in the form of PDF case studies. We hope these will be informative to those wanting to try innovative approaches to teaching in their own institution. Seven of the studies have also been embedded in our recently updated digital guide: making your digital collections easier to discover.

By Peter Findlay

Subject Matter Expert, Digital Scholarship, Content and Discovery, Jisc

Working with Jisc's Higher Education members to improve access to to their special collections in the age of data-centric arts, humanities and social science research.

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