|Organization||Institute of Leadership and Advanced Education Development, XJTLU|
Educating people is the fundamental task of colleges and universities, and teaching is its key. However, if the university teachers focus on research and ignore the quality of teaching, and if teachers who do care about teaching but still apply a teacher-centred approach and pay limited attention to students’ learning process, the learning outcomes of university students will be quite concerning.
Paying too much attention to research and paper publication will deprive the university of a positive environment to encourage teaching innovation, making it difficult for diligent teachers to be recognized and affirmed at the university level. The subversive information technology that emerged in the Internet era leads to the trend of student-centred learning, which means that the traditional indoctrinated teaching has been unable to meet the needs of students’ learning. It requires the teachers to change their teaching concepts and approaches.
Lacking the platform of exploring and promoting teaching innovation, it is difficult for the higher education system to form a collective atmosphere for innovation and practicing. The teacher development center in many universities also fails to provide strong support for teaching innovation due to the lack of research professionals and solid innovative practices.
In this context, in order to stimulate teachers’ interests in teaching and innovation, we must:
This project aims at improving the learning effectiveness for undergraduates on campus through promoting teaching innovation among university teachers and professors.
The Association agrees with the idea of “benefiting students through teaching innovation”. It supports the project to identify and recognize teaching innovation among university teachers and professors and attracts the public’s attention through holding the annual National College Teaching Innovation Competition. Besides the competition, the Association also supports XJTLU to organize the College Teaching Innovation Forum and Teaching Innovator Annual Conference, publish excellent teaching innovation cases and promote these practices. Finally, the Association also supports XJTLU to provide comprehensive long-term support for those who are willing to improve their teaching skills through teaching innovation workshops. At the same time, the project also hopes to create an atmosphere for the higher education system to focus on teaching and teaching approach study to encourage teaching innovation at the university level.
The project has successfully held two XJTLU National College Teaching Innovation Competitions, in 2015 and 2016, which attracted nearly 140 teachers and teaching teams from more than 40 universities and colleges in China, including East China University of Technology, China University of Petroleum (East China Campus), Southwest Jiaotong University, Xi’an Jiaotong University and XJTLU. A total of 25 candidates entered the finale. They showcased their student-centred teaching innovation practice, which broadened the participants’ horizons in this area. Meanwhile, the competition also attracted attention from all sectors with over 8 million website views and nearly 300,000 votes in the two competitions.
The third XJTLU National College Teaching Innovation Competition was held from August 2017 to May 2018. This competition attracted more than 200 teachers from over 50 universities and colleges. After preliminary review, online selection, expert evaluation, field research and on-site finals, 20 groups of candidates were awarded the first, second and third prizes. 1,635,052 people watched the online videos, 151,727 people voted, and nearly 300 people from almost 100 universities and colleges across the country attended the final. With the expanding influence of the competition, more teaching innovators and innovative cases have emerged.