Pushing the Boundaries of Higher Education: Change and Tradition in Teaching and Learning

By Tony Bates, Distinguished Visiting Professor, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Faculty and instructors (professors) in higher education institutions are facing unprecedented challenges, including:

● the need to shift focus from delivery of content to the development of higher-order skills, such as knowledge management, creative and critical thinking, independent learning, and problem-solving, if the changing needs of a digital society are to be adequately met;

● the need for instructors to have expertise in pedagogy as well as subject matter if they are to develop successfully skills such as those listed above;

● technology provides opportunities to deal with the increasing diversity of the student body, to improve the cost-effectiveness of teaching, and to ensure that students are digitally literate, but this requires instructors to understand better the strengths and limitations of different media and technologies within specific teaching or learning contexts.

The future economic and social development of nations will depend very much on how individual teachers, schools, university and college administrations, and national governments respond to these challenges (Winthrop, Williams and McGivney, 2016). In this paper I look at how at least at the individual level some instructors are responding to the challenge of using new technologies in Canada. Continue reading “Pushing the Boundaries of Higher Education: Change and Tradition in Teaching and Learning”

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