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Higher Education in the Professions: Illustrations of Quality Practice in Teaching and Learning

  • Christopher Gorse
  • Richard Cozzens
  • Lloyd Scott
  • Ian DickinsonEmail author
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Abstract

Increasing demands are placed on professional educators to deliver a high quality educational experience from a limited or reduced resource pool. The challenge of offering a quality learning experience to a wider and growing population is one that is not likely to wane in the future. To some extent, developments in communication technology and new tools for learning are helping to support and frame the higher educational experience offered. However, as the modes of delivery and the student demographic evolve, educators are challenged to create a learning environment that better supports the learner and their preferred methods of learning. Gadgets, apps and internet resources, in themselves, cannot be relied on to improve or add value to the learning experience. Attention needs to be given to what success in the course might look like and how it could be measured, taking into consideration, and working with, the resources available, delivery method (s) and the ability to respond to varying needs of the learner.

The work presented explores the challenges of designing Professional Education and the methods of introducing new technology within a curriculum. Insights from case studies and programmes, the tutors are involved with, are presented and guidance offered. Much is gained from the literature and empirical research in the field, and through cautious exploration of digital learning resources and platforms their potential can be realised. Through this cautious exploration of digital resource, the commentary and reflections add knowledge and experience based on designing, developing and implementing digital content and delivery.

Keywords

Assessment blended learning curriculum design e-learning evaluation flipped classroom learning experience mixed methods professional education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Gorse
    • 1
  • Richard Cozzens
    • 2
  • Lloyd Scott
    • 3
  • Ian Dickinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK
  2. 2.Southern Utah UniversityCedar CityUSA
  3. 3.Dublin Institute of TechnologyDublinIreland

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