There is currently a great emphasis on teaching quality in Higher Education. In the UK, the Teaching Excellence Framework and the National Student Survey have contributed significantly to this focus. Additional support for staff to develop teaching skills has also come from the Higher Education Academy, whose fellowship scheme encourages HE staff to focus on their practice in the classroom.
The growth in the number of students attending university has resulted in a much wider range of learning styles amongst them. Many students do not fit the idealised average of being adept at learning from primarily text-based media. Two further trends are also driving change and innovation in academic staff teaching. The first is the availability of online teaching materials such as MOOCs. The second is the emphasis now given to student postgraduate employability, represented by certain aspects of the Teaching Excellence Framework that require students not only to know information, but also to be able to articulate that knowledge and to demonstrate their skills.
With a desire to enable our students to achieve their highest potential, many staff undertake initiatives to facilitate learning that accommodate a wide range of learning styles. This book focuses on approaches to teaching and learning within the discipline of Computer Science. The book consists of a selection of chapters that describe a particular teaching activity or topic within Computing in HE, presented in such a way that other practitioners can adopt and adapt them as a way of helping them to develop their own teaching. It provides a number of practical cases of putting theory into practice when teaching Computer Science to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Higher Education institutions.
A chapter on the importance of developing soft skills and a professional online presence is also included as an essential part of preparing the students for their future employment.
|Publisher:||Springer International Publishing|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2018|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Dr. Jenny Carter is a Subject Area Leader in Computing & Information Systems, in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Huddersfield, UK.
Dr. Michael O'Grady is a Subject Area Leader in Digital Media at the same institution.
Dr. Clive Rosen is Director of Passerelle Systems, an educational consultancy in Higher Education based in Newcastle Under Lyme, UK.
Table of Contents
Part I: Approaches to Learning
Changing Minds: Multitasking During Lectures
Active Learning in Large Lectures
The Flipped Classroom
Distance Learning: Lessons Learned from a UK Masters Programme
Jenny Carter and Francisco Chiclana
Academic Integrity for Computer Science Instructors
Part II: Teaching: Examples of Practice
Why is Teaching Programming Difficult?
Using Graphics to Inspire Failing Students
Best Practices for Teaching Information Systems Modelling
Promoting Design Thinking Through Knowledge Maps: A Case Study in Computer Games Design and Development Education
Carlo Fabricatore and Maria Ximena López
Fostering Inclusivity Through Dynamic Teaching Practices
Arjab Singh Khuman
Semi-Automating the Marking of a Java Programming Portfolio Assessment: A Case Study from a UK Undergraduate Programme
Luke Attwood and Jenny Carter
Part III: Employability and Group Work
The Enterprise Showcase Experience
Gary Allen and Mike Mavromihales
Task Versus Process : A Taxonomy for Group Projects
Realising the Threshold of Employability in Higher Education
Chris Procter and Vicki Harvey
Baseline Skills: Scaffolding Soft Skills Development Within the Curriculum