Innovative Practice in Higher Education

This independent online journal (kindly hosted at Staffordshire University) is an opportunity for any colleagues in HE to share their work on delivering teaching and learning.

It is a double blind peer reviewed publication, now into its second volume and is aimed at promoting and sustaining a research culture amongst practitioners in higher education who have an interest in the development of the HE student experience. The journal is inter-disciplinary in approach and accepts papers of 3000-5000 words, posters (with audio commentary) short papers and ‘student voices’ papers (first hand reflective accounts of innovative practices from the learners’ perspective). Topics include: tutoring, research, equality and diversity, internationalisation, classroom innovation, widening participation, assessment and feedback, research-informed teaching, information and digital literacy, teaching and learning processes and a range of other relevant topics.

We are particularly proud of our posters section which is a new way of sharing innovation in teaching and learning. Each poster publication is presented with an accompanying podcast which gives more context and detail to the content.

If you wish to submit your work for publication please email it to: 

David Parkes


Dr Chris Wakeman

Papers should be formatted correctly following the our publication guidelines prior to submission.

NB: Papers that do not conform to our guidelines will be returned to you for formatting without review. You will then need to re-submit your correctly formatted work for review.

Vol 2, No 1

Table of Contents


Face-to-face versus remote synchronous instruction for the teaching of single-interrupted suturing to a group of undergraduate paramedic students: a randomised controlled trial DOC PDF
Mark Garratt
Students’ perceptions of self-selected peer learning in a collaborative Chinese speaking assessment DOC PDF
Ya Ping (Amy) Hsiao, Kamakshi Rajagopal
We do not like old fashioned exams: the innovative use of alternative assessments on a Law Degree with a Foundation Year DOC PDF
Dave Tapp, Louis Martin
Lecture Theatre Pantomime: A creative delivery approach for teaching undergraduates DOC PDF
Ian Turner

Short Papers

Enhancing student induction to library and IT services in higher education DOC PDF
Julie Moody, Jason Truscott
A reflection upon the value of embracing the principles of learning communities as part of a response to pressure to reduce staff student ratios in post-1992 Higher Education Institutions whilst maintaining the quality of student work-based learning DOC PDF
Dave Thomas
IntelPrep, BARD and LinkImplication: processes for improving student learning and decision making DOC PDF
Ian Wilson

Poster Presentations

We still haven’t found what we’re looking for…or have we? PDF DOC MP3
Jo Heyes
Widening Participation: Preparing Students of Diverse Backgrounds for Higher Education PPT DOC
Tobias Lucas

Book Reviews

Design Education – Learning, Teaching and Researching Through Design DOC PDF
Alke Gröppel-Wegener
Brabazon, T. (2013). Digital Dieting: From Information Obesity to Intellectual Fitness. Ashgate Publishing Ltd Farnham, UK. ISBN 978-1-4724-0937-9 DOC PDF
Stephen Merry

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