Engaging students through practice

Martin Eley, Sara James, Parminder Johal, Sarah Midford, Magas Pather

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    The university sector has undergone significant transformation since the turn of the 21st century, which has resulted in changes to student access and the expansion of the sector internationally (Altbach, 2015:2). As more students enter the higher education sector it has been necessary to augment curricula to cater to students with greater academic skills needs and lower motivation levels, and to better direct our students within their discipline. In order to help address ever-increasing student drop-out rates, student expectations, employability and career development, universities have prioritised curriculum development that enhances student engagement (Altbach, 2013:21). This section includes four case studies that employ innovative practices to engage a diverse student body. The case studies are from Australia, Britain and South Africa and at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and demonstrate that despite many differences, there are common challenges across continents, disciplines and levels but also shared solutions. Each chapter in this section presents a curriculum innovation that enhances interaction; encourages in-depth learning; connects students and their skills to the wider market; and/or develops confidence, aspiration and articulation. By identifying and addressing gaps in our students? knowledge and skills, the authors have engaged students and improved their outcomes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew innovations in teaching and learning in higher education
    EditorsMartin Eley, Sara James, Parminder Johal, Sarah Midford, Magas Pather
    Place of PublicationOxfordshire
    PublisherLibri Publishing
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-911450-14-6
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 2017

    Publication series

    NameThe Learning In Higher Education Series


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