Lifelong Learning for Postsecondary Instructors
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Throughout the world, higher education (offered in colleges and universities, in Quebec) is provided by instructors who are experts in their respective disciplines, passionate about their fields, and, most often, enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. However, teaching cohorts of students involves implementing strategies different than those needed to deliver a lecture, as the goal of education is to help students learn, support them in the learning process, and then assess the knowledge or competencies developed. Lifelong Learning for Postsecondary Instructors deals with all these aspects, which must be mastered if we are to excel as educators.
This book is the result of a desire to address a flagrant lack of written resources for postsecondary teaching personnel. The project’s initiator and senior coordinator, Professor Louise Ménard (from the Université du Québec à Montréal), is very familiar with the questions asked both by future educators and seasoned professionals, as she has been involved in training postsecondary instructors for a number of years. She began by working with Professor Lise St-Pierre (from the Université de Sherbrooke’s PERFORMA sector), who also has considerable expertise in this field; the two then sought out contributions from colleagues in different colleges and universities.
The 15 individuals whose writings appear in this volume all work with future postsecondary educators; each deals with an area in which he or she specializes. Such a variety of authors makes it possible to cover a broad spectrum of aspects of college and university teaching, from education models to authentic-assessment strategies and academic motivation. Each chapter is supported by numerous examples designed to facilitate implementation.
The work is intended for novice and experienced educators alike; it can also serve as a reference manual for postsecondary teacher-training courses.