This book explores teaching, learning, and leadership in higher education following the Covid-19 pandemic. It examines opportunities that currently exist within higher education as they relate to innovative teaching and learning strategies, from instructional modalities to new models of transformative learning to meet students “where they are” in terms of career development and lifelong learning. Emphasis is placed on educational leadership and management skills, faculty and teaching acumen, and students and their quest for knowledge and understanding as we navigate past a global health crisis towards a future of hope and solutions to some of today’s most pressing issues using collaboration, community, and an inquiry-oriented approach. The current state of education is reimagined with emphasis on higher education as a learning organization. A sense of urgency in higher education is underscored to instill knowledge and competency, encourage innovation, and help the next generation of students flourish in an evolving and changing world with resilience, optimism, and creativity that will yield real solutions to some of the world’s most prevalent and challenging issues.
Mary Beth Klinger is a Professor in the Business Department of the School of Professional and Technical Studies at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, MD. She teaches courses in business, management, strategy, organizational behavior, leadership, small business, marketing, and social entrepreneurship. Her research is focused on organizational innovation and change, as well as community and connectedness. She is passionate about utilizing creative teaching methodologies in her classroom to transform the learning process.
Teresa Coffman is a Professor in the College of Education at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students in general education courses such as curriculum, instruction, and classroom management, to include theory, methods, culturally responsive teaching, and foundations. She is an expert in the integration of technology throughout the curriculum and has written extensively about inquiry. Her research interests include inquiry-oriented teaching and learning, global and community-based education with an equity-minded focus, and innovation in education.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Reimaging Education
Chapter 2: Teaching and Learning
Chapter 3: Instructional Modalities
Chapter 4: Transforming Opportunities for Learning
Chapter 5: Understanding Today’s Student
Chapter 6: Collaboration and Community
Chapter 7: Incorporating Inquiry
Chapter 8: Managing in the Post-Pandemic Era
Chapter 9: Leading Towards Change
Chapter 10: Reasonsfor Urgency
About the Authors
The New Normal in Education highlights hope and optimism for higher education for today and into the future. Emphasis is placed on managing collaboratively in the post-pandemic era while leading towards change. This book is about advancing our communities through new ideas and innovations that come from engaged questioning and spirited inquiry to promote collective local and national opportunities.
In their book, Drs. Klinger and Coffman offer timely recommendations to higher educational leaders, faculty, and practitioners as they consider the post-pandemic landscape. In particular, the authors’ emphasis on collaboration, community, and an inquiry-oriented approach will help readers to reimagine their own teaching practices to meet the next generation of students. This is a must read for anyone looking to expand their pedagogical knowledge base.
The New Normal in Education not only documents the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on teaching and learning, but it also illustrates how flexibility and innovation in higher education are crucial to meeting the needs of students in a post-pandemic world. The text provides an important lesson for traditional academia.