Improving Student Learning: For the Twenty-First Century Learner

The proceedings of the 17th Improving Student Learning symposium, held in 2009 in London

This book includes the three keynotes: 'Today’s learners; tomorrow’s graduates; yesterday’s universities' by Simon Barrie, 'Adapting study approaches acquired at school to suit the demands of university', David Kember and 'Learning footprints', by Betty Collis


Chapter 1: Keynotes

  1. Today’s learners; tomorrow’s graduates; yesterday’s universities, Simon Barrie
  2. Adapting study approaches acquired at school to suit the demands of university, David Kember
  3. Learning footprints, Betty Collis

Chapter 2: Teaching methods

  1. A bridge too far? Breaching the research-learning/teaching nexus in a previously research-led university, Robin Clark and Jane Andrews
  2. Analysing the development of professional identity in blogging discourse, Brian Irwin and Helen Boulton
  3. Learning anatomy: implications for pedagogy, C Smith and H Mathias

Chapter 3: Assessment methods

  1. Linking assessment to learning for authentic practice: rethinking assessment for the science modules in a 1st year nursing programme, J Stewart, G Dannenfeldt, V Fester, K Stewart and J McHaffie

Chapter 4: Course and programme design

  1. Future past: the Bachelor of Arts in the 21st century, Linzi Murrie
  2. The impact of the undergraduate research experience: a pilot study investigating students’ perceptions and listening to their stories, Paula Myatt and Kirsten Farrand

Chapter 5: Skills development and lifelong learning

  1. Problem-based learning in Higher Education - new approaches to assessment, Lone Krogh and Annie Aarup Jensen
  2. Developing skills for research learning: right ways and real ways, Margaret Kiley and Jim Cumming
  3. Lifelong Learning: personal development or professional competence development?, Lone Krogh and Annie Aarup Jensen
  4. Learner autonomy and professional development: enabling learning and teaching innovations through engaging with a centre for excellence in teaching and learning, Joanna Elfving-Hwang, Ivan Moore and Kenisha Garnett

Chapter 6: Employability

  1. The BProf: a signature award for negotiated work-based learning, Mike Laycock

Chapter 7: Supporting learners

  1. What changes in the transition to learning at university?, James Elander, Ed Foster, Lin Norton and Angela Foxcroft
  2. The academic rationales for the internationalization of higher education: the case of Arab states in the Gulf region, Aswan Hamza
  3. Fostering lifelong learning within a social constructivist environment, Stephen Merry, David Skingsley and Paul Orsmond
  4. Goodbye Face to Face Hello Facebook: the use of social network sites to help facilitate a mentoring relationship, Sue Will and Julie Fowlie

Chapter 8: Faculty development methods and/or strategies

  1. Time for a more inclusive definition of plagiarism?, Mattias Alveteg
  2. University challenged: an exploration of the enhancement of the integration of learning involving student experiences of the where, the when and with whom, Gary Clapton
  3. Leading academic teaching – a contextual approach, Katarina Mårtensson and Torgny Roxå