Innovative teaching methods showcased in the book: Beyond Transmission – Innovations in University Teaching

This is our 5th international anthology and the first to come in hardcover. The book responds to the challenges to higher education by championing a shift to a constructivist approach. The contributors, from five continents and reflecting ten national mindsets, represent a broad cross-section of educational disciplines. They argue that innovative teaching methods  are essential if teachers are to appeal to the mindsets of people entering higher education today, and present detailed examples of new ways of instilling in students a love of, and ability for, learning.

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Chapter One: Effectiveness in Higher Education Demands Innovations in Teaching that Progress Beyond Transmission. Claus Nygaard, Nigel Courtney, Clive Holtham.

Chapter two: Resisting Student Consumers and Assisting Student Producers. Eva Dobozy.

Chapter three: A Research-based Approach to University Curriculum Development that Prepares Students for Subsequent Practice. Jesper Piihl and Kristian Philipsen.

Chapter four: Innovation and Student Learning: ePortfolios for Music Education. Jennifer Rowley.

Chapter five: The Sequence of Educational Innovation from University to Working Life. Pekka Räihä, Marja Mäensivu, Matti Rautiainen and Tiina Nikkola.

Chapter six: Introducing a Pedagogy of Optimal Engagement and Transformation (POET). Sam Elkington.

Chapter seven: Learning through Innovation. Paul Bartholomew and Nicola Bartholomew.

Chapter eight: Contextualised Iterations of Innovative Teaching Practices. Anne Herbert and Elyssebeth Leigh.

Chapter nine: Implementing a Constructivist Learning Environment: Students’ Perceptions and Approaches to Learning. Patrícia Albergaria Almeida and José Teixeira-Dias.

Chapter ten: A Centralised Tutor System to Support the Affective Needs of Online Learners. Aileen McGuigan.

Chapter eleven: Fostering High-quality Learning through a Scaffolded Curriculum. Kayoko Enomoto.

Chapter twelve: The Use of RISK(r) for Introducing Marketing Strategy. John Branch, Lewis Hershey and David Vannette.

Chapter thirteen: Poster Presentation: an Effective Assessment for Large Communication Classes? Swapna Koshy.

Chapter fourteen: “Be Original, but not too Original”: Academic Voice, Text-matching and Concordancing Software. Michelle Picard and Cally Guerin.

Chapter fifteen: Communal Roleplay: Using Drama to Improve Supervision. Katarina Winka and Tomas Grysell.

With 15 chapters showcasing innovative teaching methods this book is of interest to university teachers engaged in improving their teaching.

About Beyond Transmission – Innovations in University Teaching

Higher education today finds itself confronting many challenges, economic, technological and social. Universities’ reliance on ‘transmissive education’, with the lecture as the dominant vehicle for many of their processes, is being thrown into ever greater question.

Beyond Transmission: Innovations in University Teaching responds to the challenges to higher education by championing a shift to a constructivist approach. The contributors, from five continents and reflecting ten national mindsets, represent a broad cross-section of educational disciplines. They argue that innovatory teaching approaches are essential if teachers are to appeal to the mindsets of people entering higher education today and present detailed examples of new ways of instilling in students a love of and ability for learning.

Beyond Transmission: Innovations in University Teaching states that any innovatory teaching approach that goes beyond transmission requires consideration of three essential factors: vision, process and practice. The anthology’s contributions are organised around each of these imperatives in turn.

The vision for higher education is one in which teachers develop their students as producers rather than as customers. Discussion of process explores the use of online tools for collecting and storing evidence of students’ learning, but these are found to be even more valuable in fostering learning development. Teachingpractice is addressed in the final chapters, which emphasise the way in which innovative practices have achieved improved outcomes and give examples of achieving results through practical tools and techniques.

Beyond Transmission: Innovations in University Teaching, which has been produced by the International Academic Association for Enhancement of Learning in Higher Education (LIHE; www.lihe.info), shows that across the world an increasing number of faculty members are actively concerned with innovating in their own educational practice. It highlights that, although technology has an important role to play in innovation, technology is not a sine qua non and presents some valuable pointers to the future of learning in higher education.

About the editors

Claus Nygaard is Professor at The Institute for Learning in Higher Education, Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a driving force behind the formulation and implementation of the Learning Strategy for Copenhagen Business School in 2005. He has received distinguished research awards from Allied Academies, outstanding paper awards from Students in Free Enterprise and he was voted ‘best teacher’ at Copenhagen Business School in 2001. His research has resulted in several anthologies and he has published in leading journals including Higher Education, International Studies of Management & Organization, International Journal of Public Sector Management, and Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education.

Clive Holtham is Professor of Information Management and Director of the Learning Laboratory at Cass Business School, London, UK. In 2003 he was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship and is a board member of the Non-Profit E-learning Network (2008–11), a major initiative to promote management education through informal online learning. He is author of a large number of publications and lectures, broadcasts and consults in the UK and internationally. He was a founding member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the City of London’s 100th livery company.

Nigel Courtney is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, City University London, UK. He is a chartered engineer, a certified management consultant and a certified IT professional, with extensive experience in project and general management. His firm, Courtney Consulting, has served the European Commission, Transport for London, London Underground, the Higher Education Academy and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. At Cass he teaches Business Information Management on the Executive MBA.

Claus and Clive are the founders of The Institute for Learning in Higher Education.

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