Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education

Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education

Diane J. Salter (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada)
Release Date: March, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 454
ISBN13: 9781466636613|ISBN10: 1466636610|EISBN13: 9781466636620|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3661-3


Although educators continue to face the issue of maintaining quality teaching practices, academic managers and educational developers face significant challenges when changing in higher education teaching strategies.

Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education presents international case studies of individual approaches and institutional examples to benefit  teachers at the individual level as well as institutional leaders involved in change. This publication is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate level courses in education related best practices in pedagogy, innovation in the use of technology, and the future direction of universities in the advancement of teaching practices.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches and Perceptions of Teaching
  • Best-Practice in Teaching and Learning
  • Globalization of the University
  • International Perspectives on Teaching
  • Leadership in Teaching and Learning
  • Pedagogically Sound Use of Technology

Reviews and Testimonials

This compilation will be a valuable addition to the library in any learning and teaching centre as well as an academic source for teaching a graduate course in practices and principles of university teaching. It will also serve as an effective ‘go-to’ resource for university instructors at all levels who wish to adopt a more student-focused approach to teaching with the goal of facilitating deeper learning in their students. This I would argue is a most important objective for educators and education in these changing times in the twenty-first century.

– Catherine Chiappetta-Swanson - Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Canada

For undergraduate and graduate education students, professors, and faculty developers, Salter (teaching and learning, Kwantlen Polytechnic U., Canada) collects 20 case studies showing examples of quality teaching practices in universities, the pedagogical use of technology, and implications for the association between research and teaching. She draws on her research project of faculty and leaders from universities in North America, Hong Kong, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia, who share examples of teaching in the social sciences, medical education, and neuroscience, as well as topics like problem solving, procedural learning, mindfulness, research-inspired teaching and teaching-inspired research, and inquiry, followed by a section of institutional case studies related to peer review, learning communities, national awards, leadership capacity development, professional development, action research, assessment, online resources, and the global university, interdisciplinarity, and innovative pedagogies. Her research project and a student-centered framework for quality teaching are discussed in two introductory chapters.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

Recommended-The book covers issues related to teaching excellence, changes and paradigm shifts in teaching culture of higher education institutions, leadership capability building initiatives, enhancement of teaching and learning, and teaching awards and recognition programs at national level and at universities of different sizes and scope around the world.[...] I would recommend this book for faculty interested in improving their teaching strategies and those organizing or leading university offices/programs of faculty rewards and recognition.

– Dina Vyortkina,Florida State University College of Education, USA

Edited by the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic-University in British Columbia, Canada, these 22 chapters authored by 33 scholars and practitioners in the field of higher education provide concrete examples of best practices in teaching and learning at individual and institutional levels. The authors provide materials that can inspire, and also that can be recreated, adapted, and excerpted for one’s own classroom, department, or institution.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Thomas Carey
Diane J. Salter
Diane J. Salter
Chapter 1
Diane J. Salter
This chapter provides an overview of a research project conducted with award-winning teachers at research-intensive universities to investigate a... Sample PDF
Perceptions and Approaches to Teaching of Award-Winning Teachers at Research Intensive Universities Internationally
Chapter 2
Michael Prosser
The aim of this chapter is to outline the results of over 20 years’ research into university teaching from a student-learning perspective, how... Sample PDF
Quality Teaching Quality Learning
Chapter 3
Lynne Hunt
This chapter is about discipline-based teaching and students’ active engagement in learning-by-doing. It notes threshold concepts in sociology... Sample PDF
Quality Teaching in the Social Sciences
Chapter 4
David Dunne
In this chapter, the authors show how research in design methods can be integrated with research in learning to teach students to cope with... Sample PDF
Life at the Research-Teaching Nexus: The Role of Design
Chapter 5
Ron Oliver
This chapter describes approaches to using technology in teaching that have facilitated engaging and challenging learning settings across a range of... Sample PDF
Using Technology in Learning and Teaching: Making the Right Choices Involves Understanding the Problems to be Solved
Chapter 6
Elliott Currie
This chapter explores the use of Lecture Capture Technology in accounting courses that are taught using a five-stage learning model based on... Sample PDF
Applying Technology in a Classroom Setting, where Procedural Learning is the Focus
Chapter 7
White Coat Warm heART  (pages 106-118)
Carol Ann Courneya
In this chapter, the authors explore the concept of excellence in teaching by considering both what has been published in the literature as well as... Sample PDF
White Coat Warm heART
Chapter 8
L. C. Chan
This chapter deals with the concept of mindfulness as a skill required both by teachers and by students. This concept is explored by providing a... Sample PDF
Mindfulness to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Chapter 9
Gregor Campbell
A shift from pure neuroscience research to research into innovative approaches to teaching and learning has afforded an opportunity to consider ways... Sample PDF
Research-Inspired Teaching and Teaching-Inspired Research
Chapter 10
Tanya Chichekian, Olivia (Liv) Hua, Bruce M. Shore
Research-based or scholarship-based teaching is better teaching because it leads to better learning and sustained motivation. Creating a mutually... Sample PDF
Inquiring Minds in Undergraduate Instruction: An Expression of the Teaching-Research Nexus
Chapter 11
Arshad Ahmad, Denise Stockley, Roger Moore
The 3M National Teaching Fellowship program has a rich history in Canada as the premier teaching award, coveted by university professors and... Sample PDF
3M Fellows Making a Mark in Canadian Higher Education
Chapter 12
Harry Hubball, Anthony Clarke, Daniel D Pratt
This chapter examines a recently launched institutional initiative around scholarly approaches to summative and formative peer-review of teaching... Sample PDF
Fostering Scholarly Approaches to Peer Review of Teaching in a Research-Intensive University
Chapter 13
Spencer A. Benson, Ann C. Smith, David B. Eubanks
In this chapter, the authors explore how faculty learning communities that focus on teaching and student learning have been instrumental in... Sample PDF
Developing Scholarly Teaching at a Research University: Using Learning Communities to Build Capacity for Change
Chapter 14
Peter Felten, Ashley Finley
Despite the widespread use of teaching awards in the United States, little is known about whether such awards influence faculty attitudes or... Sample PDF
Motivating Teaching Excellence: Lessons from U.S. Teaching Awards
Chapter 15
Geraldine Lefoe, Dominique Parrish
This chapter presents a framework for the development of leadership capacity in higher education institutions that is underpinned by the concept of... Sample PDF
Changing Culture: Developing a Framework for Leadership Capacity Development
Chapter 16
Lynne Hunt, Michael Sankey
This is the story of top-down, middle-out, and bottom-up change to promote learning and teaching at a regional university in Australia. The case... Sample PDF
Getting the Context Right for Quality Teaching and Learning
Chapter 17
Iain Doherty
The purpose of this chapter is to examine the challenges of achieving systemic change in the teaching culture of a research-intensive university.... Sample PDF
Achieving Excellence in Teaching: A Case Study in Embedding Professional Development for Teaching within a Research-Intensive University
Chapter 18
Lin Norton, Tessa Owens
In this chapter, the authors consider the dominance of the managerial discourse in higher education today related to staff development in learning... Sample PDF
Pedagogical Action Research: Enhancing Learning and Teaching through a Community of Practice
Chapter 19
Grant Campbell
Assessing students (including giving feedback and making decisions based on assessments) is arguably the single most important thing done in... Sample PDF
The Single Most Consequential Thing We Do in Universities: A Case Study in Teaching Assessment to New Academics
Chapter 20
Cath Ellis
In higher education sectors around the world, lecturing remains the mainstay of teaching and learning practice (see Bligh, 1998; Jones, 2007). This... Sample PDF
Reflections on the Role of Self-Paced, Online Resources in Higher Education or How YouTube is Teaching Me How to Knit
Chapter 21
Kenneth Bartlett
In universities around the world, metrics have been developed to assess research extremely well in the career development of faculty; however... Sample PDF
Defining University Teaching Excellence in a Globalized Profession
Chapter 22
Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
This chapter examines the emergence of the global artistic-entrepreneurial university, the increasing importance of interdisciplinary and innovative... Sample PDF
Assembling the Global University: Networks, Interdisciplinarity, and Institutional Change
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Diane Salter, PhD, MSc, BSc, is Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada. Her previous positions include: Associate Professor and Academic Staff Development Program Lead, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PRC; Dean of the Centre for Curriculum and Faculty Development at Sheridan Institute for Technology and Advanced Learning, Ontario, Canada; Assistant Research Professor at the University of Waterloo in the Centre for Leaning and Teaching with Technology, Canada; Assistant Professor University of Toronto, Canada. She has taught extensively internationally in curriculum development including conducting workshops and consulting in Australia, Austria, USA, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong, and China. Diane was a co-recipient of the Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education (RHIME) Award, for the curriculum developed for the special study module, ‘Pen, Brush and Camera’ (with Prof. Li Chong Chan and Dr. Julie Chen). Diane has over 20 years of experience in teaching and academic development in international institutions. Dr Salter has published over 75 items including book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings.