Inspiring Academics Learning with the World's Great University Teachers

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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Inspiring Academics draws on the experience and expertise of award-winning university teachers to help identify the approaches and strategies that lead to exemplary teaching practice. It is structured around five core themes: inspiring teaching, developing quality curricula, assessment for independent learning, student development and scholarship. Whilst celebrating individual teaching success, the book draws out core strategies which can be developed and replicated by others and which are not simply dependent on personal charisma and dynamism. Contributors reflect on approaches and initiatives that did not work for them, thus highlighting the inherent messiness and complexity of teaching and the difficulties of providing a blueprint for success.

Author Biography

Iain Hay's professor of Geography at Flinders University, Australia. He received the prestigious Prime Ministers Award for Australian University Teacher of the year in 2007. He has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh Auckland, Kentucky and Manchester.

Table of Contents

List of boxes, figures and tablesp. viii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
Opening doorsp. 1
Approaches to Teaching that Influence, Motivate and Inspire Students to Learnp. 13
Mindfulness and presence in teaching and learningp. 17
The art of loving and learning: Erich Fromm and the learning (of) transformationp. 23
I teach as the mountains teach mep. 29
The what, why and how of inspiring learningp. 36
Your skin or mine? A living drama in interprofessional educationp. 43
Developing Curricula and Resources that Reflect a Command of the Fieldp. 51
The meaning and evolution of teaching excellence: a 'radical' case study from Radford University, Virginiap. 53
No magic needed. Designing instruction for learning - a case studyp. 61
On scholarly teaching - a personal accountp. 70
Destinations and pathways: the curriculum challengep. 79
Approaches to Assessment and Feedback that Foster Independent Learningp. 87
An assortment of small anomaliesp. 89
Beyond the classroom walls: using assessment strategies to foster independent learningp. 96
In the lion's den: teaching and assessing medical ethicsp. 104
Upgrading teaching and assessment in a traditional medical coursep. 113
Respecting and Supporting the Development of Students as Individualsp. 123
'I am a writer': unlocking fear and releasing possibility in the classroomp. 127
Seeing the tree in the midst of the forest: respecting and supporting the development of students as individualsp. 135
A classroom of colleaguesp. 142
Extending the reach of higher education inside and outside the classroomp. 150
Personalizing the student experiencep. 156
Scholarly Activities that Influence and Enhance Learning and Teachingp. 163
Exploring the 'inner' and 'outer' worlds: steps along a scholarly journeyp. 165
Integrating a sustainable academic career around scholarly learning and teaching activitiesp. 172
Useful sharingp. 191
Excellence and scholarship in teaching: some reflectionsp. 198
From fear to flourishp. 208
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