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Innovations in Learning and Teaching

Book/eBook: Penman, C. and Foster, M. (Eds.) (2016)

Innovations in Learning and Teaching

Edited by Christine Penman and Monika Foster
Meet the Editors

CoverThe learning landscape is a restless space.” (Locker 2009, 139)

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.

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.

Innovations in Learning and Teaching
will be available as both a print and eBook.

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

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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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