Teaching and Learning
Students (by and large) very much enjoy their teaching at the University of Greenwich, but the huge variation in disciplines and the large number of programmes make it difficult to make across the board qualitative statements.
Great support and help from my tutors and lecturers. Had a wonderful experience and I felt my course was well organised.
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Academic limitations. Poor value for money. Dull, dispassionate and lazy one size fits all general teaching means I've now reconsidered and currently following an altogether different career.
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Some students spoke of teaching content being repeated over years of study (limiting their opportunities to progress their skills and knowledge) and of some dull lectures being delivered by uninterested lecturers going through the motions. These reports may be due to the ‘traditional’ method of learning adopted across most of the University, with the standard lecture and seminar format being implemented, which works for some, but not all, students.
For example, an advanced mathematic principle is required by a project given to students before the basic mathematical methods have been taught. Some lecture material is greatly duplicated over a number of years by different courses. For more complex subjects a minimal amount of contact time is given. For example 16 hours contact time per week is required by a lecturer, 2 hours are given. Why is this?
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The University promotes a number of initiatives to develop new and innovative ways of learning, with a strong push towards active learning in the classroom and more emphasis on self learning and preparation beyond it. The impact of such projects is hard to assess, as they are small scale, but when lecturers make teaching more interactive, students praise the approach.
Students generally enjoy their pace of learning and are stimulated by attending the University of Greenwich. There are frustrations along the way, however, primarily driven by perceived pockets of ‘sub-standard’ teaching. Having said that, teaching staff are widely praised for being helpful, attentive, and encouraging discussion where possible.
Some lectures are boring and useless, lecturer was reading the slide from beginning to the end.
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Excellent standard of teaching throughout the course. Good standard of facilities.
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