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University of Westminster academics release new publication on enhancing teaching practice

3 May 2016

Helen Pokorny

Helen Pokorny and members of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Course Team have published a new book titled Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education. 

Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education provides practical strategies, ideas, techniques and approaches to teaching in higher education drawn from literature and real-life experience, using examples from a variety of disciplines.

Helen Pokorny, Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at the University of Westminster, and Digby Warren, Head of the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at London Metropolitan University, edited the book which focuses on the changing landscape of teaching in higher education. 

Colleagues from the Department of Leadership and Professional Development at Westminster contributed key chapters to the book:

  • Dr Steven Cranfield considers how different environments or settings within which students are asked or required to learn have an impact on how they approach their learning and on the design and delivery of teaching.
  • Sibyl Coldham and Dr Pauline Armsby outline a range of approaches to developing work related skills and attributes looking at the development of students’ confidence in, and experience of, work processes during their university study.
  • Jennifer Bright and Dr Rebecca Eliahoo consider a range of approaches to professional development including mentoring practice, approaches to peer review of teaching and the role of ‘mindfulness’ in professional development and HE teaching.

Other chapters consider approaches to course and learning design, assessment for learning, blended learning, student engagement, embracing student diversity, engaging with academic writing and discourse and effective research supervision.

Of the book Professor Sally Brown, Emerita Professor at Leeds Beckett University says:

"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. ”

Enhancing Teaching Practice in Higher Education is published by SAGE.

About Westminster Business School:

Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, is one of London’s leading centres for professional business education. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes, including the AMBA accredited MBA.

All of our degrees are professionally focused and prepare students for working in their chosen careers. Alongside our quality courses, students have opportunities to enhance their practical experience through internships, professional placements and study abroad. Our central London location provides strong links with the business and government communities enabling us to bring practitioners and experts into the classroom on a regular basis.

We have a diverse student population which reflects London’s demographic variety and every year we welcome hundreds of students from Asia, Australia, continental Europe and the United States. We also have visiting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Although we are a school with a strongly international outlook, we also offer a range of part-time qualifications for working professionals.

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