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Teaching Resources


Teachers are expected to inspire, motivate and form professional relationships with their students. As other professions, the act of teaching is personal because teachers bring their personalities, experiences and ambitions in their classrooms. their teaching styles are fashioned by the above characteristics, including the influence of their own education.


At the other hand, learning involves change where it deals with the acquisition of habits, knowledge and attitudes. Learning is a cooperative endeavour, requiring engagement on the parts of both students and teachers. It enables the individual to make both personal and social adjustments. Since the concept of change is inherent in the concept of learning, then any change in behaviour implies that learning is taking place or has taken place. Learning that occurs during the process of change can be referred to as the learning process. (Crow & Crow, 1963, p.1)


Find below two great resources that highlight on (1) Teaching for Quality Learning at University, by John Biggs and Catherine Tang; (2) Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, by Stephen Bookfield.


Teaching for Quality Learning at University resource should be at your desk all the time;  the book is of high quality and it is an excellent resource for quality teaching.




I am an innovative Lecturer; what should I do if I encounter student resistance?


The situation as stated in the question above is a serious concern in higher education. If it did not happen to you, may be it will. The question is  how do you deal with students' resistance of your new teaching strategies to improve students' quality learning experience?


This situation is happening in higher education where lecturers introduce for example new teaching methods, such as active learning, student-centred approach and students are requested to get hands-on activities. The fact is that resistance to change is not only observed on academic staff, but it happens with students as well. Students may demand to be only lectured (passive learning) and given notes together with test or exam scopes. An exam scope is the list of topics that will be assessed in an exam. With this information, students study only the topics or chapters that will be summatively assessed. Click on the link below to learn how Drs Shannon B. Seidel and Kimberly D. Tanner address student's resistance to innovative teaching and assessment approaches.



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