Innovative Teaching Strategies and Methods Promoting Lifelong Learning in Higher Education: From Theory to Practice



Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU029000

This book is a comprehensive study of innovative strategies and methods in higher education, and may serve as a guide for college and university lecturers wishing to expand their teaching repertoire. The book offers theoretical constructs and their practical applications in a wide variety of fields demonstrating the implementation of field-tested methods and techniques. It focuses on teaching-learning strategies in higher education in different applied fields, addressing four main areas, each comprising of several subtopics: 1. The main challenges of academic teaching (i.e., transdisciplinary teaching-learning, teaching large classes and alternative/formative assessment); 2. Using technology (i.e., incorporating technology, blended learning environments and distance learning); 3. Cooperative teaching-learning strategies (i.e., problem based learning, project based learning and personal learning network); and 4. Values-based methods (i.e., promoting social responsibility and future thinking, values and knowledge education, and adapting teaching learning to special needs). Each of the fourteen chapters, which are written at a high academic standard, presents a current theoretical review followed by a description of sample courses and/or activities exemplifying possible applications of the relevant theory. The contributors are European university and college lecturers and researchers, experts in their respective fields, who have participated in two European Union ERASMUS+ projects, share the love of teaching and wish to disseminate these innovating teaching practices among higher education institutions. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Dr. Rivka Wadmay (Council of Higher Education, Israel)



List of Contributors

Chapter 1. Wanted: Excellent Lecturers for Nurturing Future Lifelong Learning Professionals
Hava E. Vidergor and Ciara O’Farrel (Gordon Academic College of Education, Israel, and others)

Part I. Dealing with Major Challenges of Academic Teaching

Chapter 2. Transdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
Michael Wride (Centre for Academic Practice and eLearning (CAPSL) and School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Chapter 3. Methods for Effectively Teaching Large Classes
Roxana G. Reichman (Gordon Academic College of Education, Israel)

Chapter 4. Theory and Practice of Alternative Assessment in Higher Education
Hadas Shelly Huber and Adi Levy-Vered (Gordon Academic College, Israel and others)

Part II. Teaching with Technology

Chapter 5. Incorporating Technology: Digital Literacy and Collaborative Problem Solving in Higher Education Teaching Courses
Ariella Levenberg, Davida Pollak and Limor Harary (Gordon Academic College, Israel and others)

Chapter 6. Blended Learning Environments in Higher Education
Hava E. Vidergor and Orly Sela (Gordon Academic College, Israel and others)

Chapter 7. Distance Education in Academia
Orly Sela and Anat Shemla (Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel)

Part III. Cooperative Teaching-Learning Methods

Chapter 8. Project Based Learning in Higher Education: From Theory to Practice
Hadas Shelly Huber and Iwona Maciejowska (Gordon Academic College of Education, Israel and others)

Chapter 9. Problem Based Learning: A Methodology to Improve Learning to Live Together
M. Rosário Pinto, Pedro Costa and Andreia Monteiro (Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Santarém Municipality, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 10. Personal Learning Environments for Self-Regulated Learning: A Techno-Pedagogy Approach for Connecting Formal and Informal Lifelong Learning
Hanan Maoz and Ayelet Calaf Mazuz (Sapir College, Ashkelon, Israel, and others)

Part IV. Value-Based Teaching

Chapter 11. Promoting Social Responsibility and Future Thinking in Higher Education
Hava E. Vidergor and Rhonda Sofer (Gordon Academic College of Education, Israel and others)

Chapter 12. Values and Knowledge Education (VaKE) for Lifelong Learning in Applied Fields: Principles and General Issues
Jean-Luc Patry, Roxana Reichman and Lydia Linortner (University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria and others)

Chapter 13. Values and Knowledge Education (VaKE) Applied to Nursing Care
Maria do Rosário Pinto, Ana Spinola and Alcinda Reis (Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Higher School of Health, Portugal)

Chapter 14. Adapting Teaching-Learning to Special Needs in Higher Education
Ariella Daniel-Hellwing, Orly Sela and Yael Shraga-Roitman (Beit Berl Academic College, Kfar Saba, Israel, and others)

Concluding Thoughts


Audience: Heads of faculties, higher education institutions
Inexperienced and established lecturers, in all fields of expertise, higher education institutions

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