chapter  1
Current issues Introduction 6; Pre-entry 8; Workload – reading for a degree 9; Curriculum issues 10; Transferable skills 11; Pedagogy 12; Learning resources 13; Increasing participation 13; Widening participation 13; HE in FE 15; Accessibility/disability 15; Female entrants 15; Developing strategies 16; Summary 16;
ByAlastair Irons, Sylvia Alexander
Pages 13

This book aims to address many of the challenges and opportunities in the effective learning and teaching of computing in higher education (HE) in the twenty-first century. In the context of this book, ‘computing’ is used as a generic term to include subjects such as computer science, artificial intelligence, software engineering, information systems and multimedia. Computing education is a mainstream activity in the majority of HE providers, certainly in the UK, and as such contributes to fulfilling the purpose of HE – i.e. providing a service for society, developing and enhancing culture, improving the contribution of the subject area, taking the boundaries of the subject forward and providing professionals for the workforce. All of these require effective and efficient teaching. The use of the term ‘effective’ in the title of this book begs the question, effective for whom? Should teaching be effective for the learner, the teacher, in terms of cost for the HE institution, for government or for society? It could be argued that effectiveness in teaching covers all of these stakeholders, but the tenet of this book is to focus on what type of effective teaching will enable students to learn to the best of their abilities.