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Innovations in Learning and Teaching

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This edited collection of chapters gives voice to academics from different disciplines who have all embarked on a quest to question, challenge, and rethink existing practices with a view to test alternative methods, the recombination of parameters, or the re-organisation of learning environments and curriculum design.

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208pp (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-9576882-8-5

With a focus on student experience, innovation and internationalisation, this edited collection holistically partakes in the Strategy 2020 of Edinburgh Napier University, the institution fostering these reflections.

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Table of Contents

Introduction (Christine Penman and Monika Foster)
Foreword (Brian Webster-Henderson)

Section 1: Importing new philosophies into course design
Richard Whitecross – 
Innovation and entrepreneurship: learning lessons in uncertainty
Isla Kapasi – Autonomous and self-determined student learning: the value of an innovative Finnish model
Avril Gray – Publish and be damned: exploring problem-based learning through the establishment of a University press

Section 2: Developing a student-centred programme of study
Jennifer Murray – 
Developing a reflective and empirically informed undergraduate research methods module: using a psychology module as a worked exemplar
Julia Fotheringham and Kathryn James – Modelling pedagogic innovation in a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching: risks and vulnerabilities
Kirsten MacLeod – Reflections on students’ experiences of practical group projects in media production education
Keith Walker and Stephen Robertson – Contextualising information literacy to assessment criteria and measuring the impact on student performance: a collaborative approach

Section 3: Digital technology and innovative practices in the classroom
Stephen Robertson and Sarah Sholl – 
The accidental podcaster
Laurence Patterson – The ascendency of digital discourse – a reflection on two informal collaborative online learning interactions – Twitter and the Social Gathering
Mabel Victoria – Every picture tells a story: using selfie-inspired activities to enhance social relations and encourage self-reflexivity

Section 4: Developing a global outlook through pedagogical activities
Rachel Younger – 
Empowering peer-to-peer learning communities in a global online classroom
Myrna MacLeod and Iain Macdonald – Developing intercultural competencies and new perspectives on graphic design pedagogy through international volunteering

Innovations in Learning and Teaching is available in both paperback and eBook as of its publication date (November 2016). The eBook will be accessible via a link on this site.

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