HERB 3(21): Teaching and Learning: in Search for Balance
This issue of HERB is dedicated to one of the most prosaic university topics – teaching. The question of how to teach at university has regained relevance because of changes in the external and internal conditions of HEI.
Outside the walls of the ivory tower, powerful players have appeared who provide educational services that compete in quality with university education. The labor market is changing the requirements for graduates, shifting the emphasis from mastering hard skills to cognitive and soft skills.
The situation is also changing inside universities. It is difficult to imagine a modern educational program without courses using Big Data and project-oriented training. Students are changing too.
Are teachers and their approaches to teaching changing at the same speed? How do universities support teachers and students in the new teaching and learning environment? Universities are investing in the development of the research base, motivating teachers to be active researchers. How is that motivation built to maintain an appropriate level of teaching?
Together with the authors of the issue, we looked for answers to these questions on two planes: vertically — from national programs for the development and improvement of the quality of higher education to the practice of teaching one course, and horizontally — describing different practices in Russia and abroad, sometimes crossing oceans.