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Teaching and Learning Innovations in Higher Education 2021Teaching and Learning Innovations in Higher Education showcases transformative, theory-informed innovations in higher education teaching and learning.

It presents a brand new, unique perspective on innovation in Higher Education – the Learning-centred Five-tier Model of Innovation – which guides educators in their innovation of teaching and learning products, processes, or services. A distinguishing feature is the linkage to the Five-tier Model of Innovation that explicitly relates to three learning paradigms: 1) instructivism 2) cognitivism and 3) constructivism. In each chapter, the authors situate their teaching and learning innovations in one of the three learning paradigms.

The book holds 21 inspiring cases showing learning-centred product-, process-, or service-innovations within five focus areas:

  1. Learning Space Design;
  2. e-learning;
  3. Case-Methodology, Business Practice and Fieldwork;
  4. Creative Methodologies; and
  5. Reflective Methodologies.

Cases for the book have been selected because of their novel methodologies, explicit learning perspectives, and positive effects on student learning and student engagement.

The book features diverse disciplines in a wide range of international contexts, with authors from Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Vietnam, and the USA. 



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Teaching and Learning Innovations in Higher Education

Teaching and Learning Innovations in Higher Education 2021

Teaching and Learning Innovations in Higher Education showcases transformative, theory-informed innovations in higher education teaching and learning.

It presents a brand new, unique perspective on innovation in Higher Education – the Learning-centred Five-tier Model of Innovation – which guides educators in their innovation of teaching and learning products, processes, or services. A distinguishing feature is the linkage to the Five-tier Model of Innovation that explicitly relates to three learning paradigms: 1) instructivism; 2) cognitivism and 3) constructivism. In each chapter, the authors situate their teaching and learning innovations in one of the three learning paradigms.

The book holds 21 inspiring cases showing learning-centred product-, process-, or service-innovations within five focus areas:

  1. Learning Space Design;
  2. e-learning;
  3. Case-Methodology, Business Practice and Fieldwork;
  4. Creative Methodologies; and
  5. Reflective Methodologies.

Cases for the book have been selected because of their novel methodologies, explicit learning perspectives, and positive effects on student learning and student engagement.

The book features diverse disciplines in a wide range of international contexts, with authors from Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Vietnam, and the USA.

 

About the Editors

Kayoko Enomoto is Senior Lecturer, Head of Asian Studies and Director, Student Experience in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Richard Warner is Lecturer in the School of Education in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Claus Nygaard is Executive Director and Professor at Institute for Learning in Higher Education, Denmark; Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Adjunct Professor at the University of Aarhus Denmark; Visiting Professor at Stockholm School of Economics Riga, Latvia. Expert in Management Education and learning-centred higher education.

 

Overview of the Book

Foreword. By Paul Bartholomew (pp. ix-xii).

Chapter 1: What Drives Teaching and Learning Innovations in Higher Education? By Kayoko Enomoto, Richard Warner and Claus Nygaard (pp. 1-18).

Chapter 2: A Learning-centred, Five-tier Model of Innovation in Higher Education. By Eva Dobozy and Claus Nygaard (pp. 19-46).

Section 1: Teaching and Learning Innovations using Learning Space Design

Chapter 3: Is Higher Education Ready for the Transformed Learner Coming from 9–12? A Case Study. By Lennie Scott-Webber, Pam Loeffelman, Dennis Runyan and Marilyn Denison (pp. 47-82).

Chapter 4: Flexible Classroom Design to Facilitate Learning, Engagement and Integration of Knowledge and Cultures. By Elena Forasacco (pp. 83-108).

Chapter 5: Emergency Remote Teaching in Interior Architecture: A Necessary Shift. By Selin Ust (pp. 109-128).

Section 2: Teaching and Learning Innovations using e-learning

Chapter 6: Best Practices of Teaching Diverse Cohorts in a Webcam-enabled Virtual Environment. By Kristina Rigden (pp. 129-146).

Chapter 7: Impacts of Using Technology-Enhanced Language Learning in Second Language Academic Writing at a Vietnamese University. By Henriette van Rensburg and Triet Thanh La (pp. 147-172).

Chapter 8: Using Arts-based Instructional Strategies in E-learning to Increase Students’ Social-emotional Learning Outcomes. By Beth Perry and Margaret Edwards (pp. 173-194).

Chapter 9: Using a Community of Inquiry Framework to Foster Students’ Active Learning. By Giovanna Carloni (pp. 195-208).

Section 3: Teaching and Learning Innovations using Case-Methodology, Business Practice and Fieldwork

Chapter 10: An Innovative Assessment Method to Evaluate Independent Learning and Academic Writing Skills. By Richard Warner and Kayoko Enomoto (pp. 209-232).

Chapter 11: Affirm–Apply–Advance: Transitioning Undergraduate Students through their Theory-into-practice Journey. By Michelle Bissett and Melanie Roberts (pp. 233-256).

Chapter 12: An Innovative Model for University-Industry Collaboration in Course Design and Delivery. By Sami Heikkinen (pp. 257-272).

Chapter 13: Project-Based Learning in a Japanese University: A Disruptive Innovation in Business Education. By Sarah Louisa Birchley, Keiko Omura and Kayoko Yamauchi (pp. 273-300).

Section 4: Teaching and Learning Innovations using Creative Methodologies

Chapter 14: Facilitating Active Student Learning Using Innovative Approaches in Pre-Service Teacher Education. By Lana YL Khong (pp. 301-322).

Chapter 15: Innovative Assessment in Higher Education: A Public Dissemination Assessment Model for Language Students. By Rhiannon Evans (pp. 323-338).

Chapter 16: Teaching from the Native American Circle: An Innovative Teaching Framework. By Diana Schooling (pp. 339-356).

Chapter 17: Discovering Professional Musician Identity through Reflective Narrative Writing: A Case Study of Pedagogic Proficiency. By Jennifer Rowley (pp. 357-374).

Chapter 18: Using Fiction and Non-fiction Literature to Teach Sensitive Health Issues in Teacher Education. By Brenda Kalyn, Beverley Brenna and Judy Jaunzems-Fernuk (pp. 375-404).

Section 5: Teaching and Learning Innovations using Reflective Methodologies

Chapter 19: Collaborative Enquiry-based Learning in an Oral Health Program. By Hanna Olson (pp. 405-424).

Chapter 20: Transformative Inquiry through the Human Curriculum. By Judy Jaunzems-Fernuk, Stephanie Martin and Brenda Kalyn (pp. 425-450).

Chapter 21: Using Cross-disciplinary Object-based Learning to Create Collaborative Learning Environments. By Judy Willcocks and Silke Lange (pp. 451-474).

Chapter 22: Building Employability Skills through Collaborative Group Work. By Sarah Swann (pp. 475-506).

 

A detailed description of the chapters in the book

In Chapter 2, A Learning-centred, Five-tier Model of Innovation in Higher Education, Dobozy and Nygaard present a learning-focused five-tier model of innovation in higher education, within which all of the following chapters situate themselves. This chapter serves to help educators in the sector to be sufficiently theory-informed to be able to engage in innovative pedagogical practices in the higher education sphere. The authors argue that any innovation in such pedagogical practices, without the backing of and comprehension of underlying theories in teaching and learning, would either be unworkable or be successful only by chance.

 

Section 1: Teaching and Learning Innovations using Learning Space Design

In Chapter 3, Is Higher Education Ready for the Transformed Learner Coming from 9-12? A Case Study, Scott-Webber, Loeffelman, Denison and Runyan take a constructivist approach to teaching and learning in their chapter, which presents a case study showcasing how innovations in both design and teaching in grades 9-12 can impact higher education. They show how reimagination became an innovative design solution, incorporating many elements of the five-tier model (Dobozy & Nygaard, 2021); including process, services and a final product in the vision, building design, teaching and learning models and practice of a secondary school in Arizona, USA.

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In Chapter 4, Flexible Classroom Design to Facilitate Learning, Engagement and Integration of Knowledge and Cultures, Forasacco takes a constructivist approach in product innovation, showing how a flexible classroom design can support an active teaching style. She outlines the students’ perceptions of a flexible classroom design and its effectiveness in facilitating active learning strategies. This preliminary study focuses on the degree to which classroom design as a ‘teaching tool’ in itself can determine learning and teaching strategies.

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In Chapter 5, Emergency Remote Teaching in Interior Architecture: A Necessary Shift, Ust in a process innovation employs constructivist principles when outlining the teaching and learning strategies successfully impacting upon the experiences of interior architecture and environmental design students in their graduation project process. In a Turkish university, this graduation project began in a traditional face-to-face mode but moved online, compelling students to complete their studies in an emergency, COVID-19 related, remote education mode.

 

Section 2: Teaching and Learning Innovations using e-learning

In Chapter 6, Best Practices of Teaching Diverse Cohorts in a Webcam-enabled Virtual Environment, Rugden takes an instructivist perspective, when showcasing a product-based innovation, which focuses on best practices incorporated in teaching diverse student cohorts in a synchronous, webcam-enabled learning environment. The author presents an innovative, pragmatic use of the Adobe Connect platform, out of a US university, which enables educators to deliver synchronous classes via webcam technology.

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In Chapter 7, Impacts of Using Technology-Enhanced Language Learning in Second Language Academic Writing at a Vietnamese University, van Rensburg and La Thanh, in a process innovation, show how, in an academic study, they used constructivist principles to inform Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) in English academic writing classes to help motivate Vietnamese university students. Utilising TELL for teaching practice is innovative in its own right in a developing country, such as Vietnam, where Information and Communication Technologies remains limited.

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In Chapter 8, Using Arts-based Instructional Strategies in E-learning to Increase Students’ Social-emotional Learning Outcomes, in a product innovation, informed by a constructivist perspective, Perry and Edwards outline arts-based instructional strategies namely photovoice, parallel poetry, poetweet, word sculptures, and my music moments, they created and evaluated in an e-learning environment. The authors illustrate that these instructional strategies (pertinent to those arts that encompass elements of creativity and human emotion) helped learners increase digital caring and achieve positive social-emotional learning outcomes.

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In Chapter 9, Using a Community of Inquiry Framework to Foster Students’ Active Learning, Carloni presents an innovation aligned with constructivist principles, outlining the implementation of digitally-enhanced activities targeted at propagating active learning emergency remote education. This product innovation, which came into being in response to the Covid-19 lockdown in the 2020 spring semester, was designed within the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework.

 

Section 3: Teaching and Learning Innovations using Case-Methodology, Business Practice and Fieldwork

In Chapter 10, An innovative Assessment Method to Evaluate Independent Learning and Academic Writing Skills, Warner & Enomoto follow a constructivist approach in their innovative assessment method of evaluating the independent learning skills and academic writing skills of English as an additional language (EAL) students. The authors explain how a collaborative four-stage panel assessment process by English for Academic Purposes instructors and faculty-based academics provides academic rigour and equity for EAL students studying in a pre-university academic pathway program run at an Australian university.

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In Chapter 11, Affirm–Apply–Advance: Transitioning Undergraduate Students through their theory-into-practice journey, Bissett and Roberts follow the constructivist tradition in their process innovation within a four-year undergraduate health program at an Australian university. The authors designed and enacted four annual transition workshops to help students transition from theory to practice, both within the program and beyond into the workplace.

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In Chapter 12, An Innovative Model for University-industry Collaboration in Course Design and Delivery, Heikkinen takes a constructivist approach to teaching and learning, outlining an innovative model for university and industry collaboration. The author shows how the collaborative model has been used successfully at a Finnish university to provide more up-to-date knowledge within the course itself. Moreover, the collaborative industry partner, with its corporate presence visible and image improved in the students’ eyes, could lead to it seeing an increasing number of possible recruits.

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In Chapter 13, Project-based Learning in a Japanese University: a Disruptive Innovation in Business Education, Birchley, Omura and Yamauchi, through a constructivist lens, illustrate how they implemented Project-Based Learning (PBL) as a disruptive product innovation in both curriculum design and delivery at a Japanese university. This bottom-up product innovation helps students develop requisite language skills, business content knowledge, and 21st-century skills for their future employability.

 

Section 4: Teaching and Learning Innovations using Creative Methodologies

In Chapter 14, Facilitating Active Student Learning Using Innovative Approaches in Pre-service Teacher Education, Khong takes a constructivist approach to teaching and learning in a process -teacher-training related- innovation in Singapore. In a core education course, the author reveals how an innovative and authentic lesson design is utilised, in the facilitation of active learning opportunities for novice student teachers, through the design of interactive seminars for their peers.

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In Chapter 15, Innovative Assessment in Higher Education: a Public Dissemination Assessment Model for Language Students, Evans presents a constructivist, process aligned public dissemination assessment model for language students at an Australian university. The model provides a format for communication of research and knowledge that is understandable and accessible for the general reader. The author also outlines this authentic assessment’s transferability, which promotes the development of communication skills within virtually all disciplines.

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In Chapter 16, Teaching from the Native American Circle: an Innovative Teaching Framework, Schooling presents a highly original process innovation, informed by a constructivist perception of learning, based on the Native American Circle. This Circle is unpacked and used by the author as a foundation for high impact teaching and learning in Native American Indian education. Its success is such that The Circle is now utilised in schools which are beyond the original context, of the original large Bureau of Indian Education school, in which it had its first iterations.

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In Chapter 17, Discovering Professional Musician Identity through Reflective Narrative Writing: a Case Study of Pedagogic Proficiency, Rowley offers a constructivist process innovation as a method to encourage Australian undergraduate music students in their transition to professional practice, by way of an intensive work-integrated learning experience. The innovation draws upon the Rowley & Munday’s (2020) Arts-based Learning Model as a framework for analysing student reflexive narratives for capturing their transition.

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In Chapter 18, Using Fiction and Non-fiction Literature to Teach Sensitive Health Issues in Teacher Education, Kalyn, Brenna and Jaunzems-Fernuk, showcase the integration of literary texts with post-secondary Health Education curricula for teacher candidates (TCs) in a Bachelor of Education Program. Crucial to the authors’ constructivist and original innovation was a process invitation for TCs to attain knowledge via stories and respond to literature in ways that could parallel their future students’ responses to textbooks with non-traditional content coverage.

 

Section 5: Teaching and Learning Innovations using Reflective Methodologies

In Chapter 19, Collaborative Enquiry-based Learning in an Oral Health Program, Olson draws upon constructivist principals in showing how collaborative enquiry-based learning is used, in an innovative process method to engage students in both student-directed learning (SDL) and self-reflection. This innovative method was successfully implemented for final year undergraduate Oral Health students in a semester-long course, ‘Community Oral Health & Oral Health Promotion’ at a university in New Zealand.

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In Chapter 20, Transformative Inquiry through the Human Curriculum, Jaunzems-Fernuk, Martin and Kalyn showcase a process innovation, informed by constructivism, in a fourth-year undergraduate course that introduced ‘The Human Curriculum’ to a student cohort, in a Canadian College of Education. The innovation provided an opportunity for teacher candidates (TCs) to learn through the prism of ‘the human curriculum’, based on the humanistic and relational elements of teaching and learning processes.

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In Chapter 21, Using Cross-disciplinary Object-based Learning to Create Collaborative Learning Environments, Willcocks and Lange outline a process innovation that, following constructivist principals was implemented in the discipline of museological teaching in higher education at a university in London. The authors’ innovation draws upon pedagogy and curriculum development and places object-based learning in a collaborative learning environment; in so doing, it fosters cross-disciplinary explorations and exchanges.

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In Chapter 22, Building Employability Skills through Collaborative Group Work, Swann’s process innovation demonstrates how collaborative group work to build undergraduate employability skills was actioned at a UK university, as part of the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies degree, called The Legacy Projects. This collaborative group work, based on constructivism, can make university education more relevant and meaningful; furnish students with the experience, skills and qualities that employers’ value; and meet needs and ‘real world’ demands such as accountability, taking responsibility and solving problems.

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