Creativity in Materials Development: A Resource to Enhance Active Learning in Higher Education

Susanna Wai Ching Lai-Yeung, The Open University of Hong Kong

Abstract

Contemporary higher education faces many challenges: funding cuts and diminished resources, large class size, wider university participation, increased student diversity, and rapidly changing student characteristics. In the midst of these challenges, teachers remain a very important factor in student engagement. Using examples from teaching an undergraduate course in educational psychology, the author discusses ways in which teachers can be creative in developing authentic, interesting and meaningful course materials to engage students in active learning.

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