Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education

Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education

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SAGE Publications Ltd
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Helen Pokorny & Digby Warren
Chapter 1: Introduction: Teaching in the changing landscape of higher education
Digby Warren
Chapter 2: Course and learning design and evaluation
Steven Cranfield
Chapter 3: Teaching by leading and managing learning environments
Helen Pokorny
Chapter 4: Assessment for learning
Charl Fregona with Agata Sadza
Chapter 5: Blended learning
Kathy Harrington, Sandra Sinfield & Tom Burns
Chapter 6: Student engagement
Susannah McKee & Matt Scandrett
Chapter 7: Embracing student diversity
Julian Ingle
Chapter 8: Engaging with academic writing and discourse
Dave Griffiths & Digby Warren
Chapter 9: Effective supervision
Sibyl Coldham & Pauline Armsby
Chapter 10: Work-related learning
Jennifer Bright, Rebecca Eliahoo & Helen Pokorny
Chapter 11: Professional development
Independent Customer Reviews

 This book is a valuable resource for anyone concerned with academic professional development in the changing landscape of higher education. The chapters provide considered and reflective explorations into what it means to both teach and learn at university, rather than simply offering a ‘how to do it’ approach.  In so doing, the volume challenges HE educators to take a fresh approach to their own professional values.

Mary Lea
The Open University

This book offers an excellent overview of the areas of activity, knowledge and values that are important for all teachers in higher education. Each of the chapters articulate forms of learning that are interactive, engaging and inclusive of the diversity of learners encountered in higher education today. The authors have blended theoretical underpinnings, highly practical approaches and the use of insightful questions throughout the text, to create a highly thoughtful and useful guide for staff.

Dr Catherine Bovill
University of Edinburgh

This insightful book is a welcome addition to the educational practice library. It should be of value to PG Certificates students and individuals preparing for HEA Fellowship. But it is capable of wider use too. I imagine chapters, or sub-sections thereof, forming the focus for debate amongst staff, and with students, to facilitate reflection on practice, enabling its enhancement. Each chapter is a rich resource with direction to useful websites and further reading. I recommend it.

Fiona Smart
Educational Developments

Enhancing teaching practice in higher education provides a timely collection of chapters covering the key topics new and existing lecturers and learning support staff need to understand to find their way through the rapidly changing HE landscape.  This scholarly volume provides an informative, practical and readable guide to the professionalisation of teaching and learning in higher education.  I highly recommend it.


Professor Mick Healey
Higher Education Consultant and Researcher

I am delighted to offer an endorsement  for this volume which I think makes a significant and powerful contribution to the literature in the field. This timely book contains a wealth of practical advice while being soundly research informed and evidence-based. At a time when globally Higher Education Institutions are seeking ways to recognise and reward teaching excellence, this book is invaluable. The range of contributors to this book is impressive and they are clearly guided by a strong  editorial influence, which ensures  its coherence

A key aspect of the text is its focus on care for students' wellbeing as well as their learning, which demonstrates not only the erudition of the contributors but also their humanity. A particularly strong crosscutting theme within the text is recognition of the need to redress disadvantage and foster diversity in higher education context.

For those in the UK and internationally wishing to gain recognition of their teaching through the UK Professional Standards Framework as demonstrated through Higher Education Academy Fellowships, this book will be particularly helpful. Reference is made to all core knowledge, activities and values that underpin not only HEA  Fellowships but also sound university teaching professional practice.

Sally Brown
Emerita Professor, Leeds Beckett University

Helen Pokorny

Dr Helen Pokorny is Assistant Director of University Campus St Albans (UCSA) a joint venture between the University of Hertfordshire and Oaklands Further Education College where she is responsible for academic development. UCSA has a unique curriculum designed solely for part-time mature students which builds on prior learning credit, providing all students with advanced standing. Previously she was Director of Professional Development at the University of Westminster and a Principal Lecturer London Metropolitan University. She has maintained throughout her career an abiding commitment to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) researching and publishing on this topic and is a founding Director of the Prior Learning International Research Centre, based in Canada. She has worked with colleagues on a range of research and professional development projects publishing in the areas of assessment and feedback and student belonging. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Digby Warren

Professor Digby Warren is Professor of Higher Education at London Metropolitan University. Digby has been working in higher education development for over 25 years. His chief area of expertise is curriculum development and higher education pedagogy, about which he has produced over 60 conference papers, published articles and book chapters - with a focus on student diversity and transformational approaches. Currently Head of the Centre for Professional and Educational Development, as a consultant member (2004-2008) of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development he delivered workshops at a number of UK universities, and was also co-editor of conference proceedings for the London series of International Conferences on the Scholarship of Learning & Teaching (2005 to 2010). On the international front, he played a lead role in two successful EU-funded projects (2011-2018) to modernise higher education, using curriculum and teaching development as a driver for innovation.