Authentic Instruction and Online Delivery: Proven Practices in Higher Education
Kirstein, Kurt D
Hinrichs, Judy M
Olswang, Steven G
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This book is a collection of work from a group of faculty members at a single university. City University of Seattle is a small, private, not-for-profit university primarily serving working adults in the Pacific Northwest, with satellite campuses in eleven countries on four continents. Through in-class, online, and hybrid delivery, CityU offers programs in education, management, technology, psychology, and general studies to students worldwide, many of whom would otherwise be denied access to education. CityU is primarily a teaching institution. It focuses on delivering real-world skills, in an applied manner, that help students achieve professional goals. The vast majority of the university’s faculty members are working professionals who are selected to teach what they do for a living. Over the years one of the hallmarks of a CityU education has been the link to real-world applicability that comes from the connections that the university’s seven hundred practitioner faculty members bring to their classes. While the university provides its faculty members with orientations and periodic training, much of what makes these faculty members successful in their classes has come from their own experience, their own proven practices for educating adults. Over the years it has become evident that the university has accumulated a rich collection of valuable educational strategies that can and should be shared with teaching faculty from similar institutions worldwide. This is the driving idea behind this book. Most of the chapters in this book cover proven practices that have been successful at helping adult students achieve their learning and professional goals. Rather than reporting on educational research and theory, these chapters cover teaching methodologies that CityU faculty members are sharing so that other university instructors can learn from their experiences.