International education idea worth pinching

The British Council has created the MOOC of the morning, Study UK (via Future Learn). “Be prepared for university study in the UK by familiarising yourself with UK culture and higher education.”

The course is run by Jonathan Smith from the University of Reading and is big on what UK universities expect from students as well as what internationals should anticipate about life there. The first four topics listed are,

Characteristic features of higher education in the UK: active engagement, critical thinking, evidence-based argument, independent study, academic integrity

Study modes: lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, group assignments, their roles and functions

The language skills you need to achieve success (academic writing, reading, listening and note-taking, speaking)

Understanding assessment in higher education.”

Short of flashing neon signs at UK consulates stating paying fees does not guarantee a degree this is about the best way to tactfully signal what study is about.


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