26 Jun 2008

National Teaching honour for pioneering Business School lecturer

Dr Jane Henry

Dr Jane Henry

Dr Jane Henry, Head of the Centre for Human Resources and Change Management at The Open University Business School, is celebrating after being awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) was launched in 2000 as part of an overall programme to raise the status of learning and teaching in higher education. The individual awards aim to recognise and celebrate individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, and provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes.

Congratulating her on the award, Professor James Fleck, Dean of The Open University Business School, said: “Jane is certainly a remarkable and popular lecturer, who knows exactly how to engage her students to ensure a transformational learning process. She carefully integrates assignments, activities, text and discussion forums to produce much-praised learning designs and materials. Her students often remember her courses as their most enjoyable ever!”

Jane said: “I am delighted that my efforts to make courses more exciting and applicable to the workplace have been recognised. I wanted to bring something new to the teaching process, like combining non-cognitive routes to learning with the latest academic findings and tutor fairs which allow participants to select a tutor that meets their needs rather than being allocated.”

Jane has a long history of teaching innovations and is perhaps best known for her pioneering work on Creative Management and the Creativity, Innovation and Change Masters programmes. Studied by over 10,000 students worldwide, these much-copied programmes offer a student-centred learning that combines creativity and change at the individual, team, organisational, and cross-cultural levels.

Each winner will receive an award of £10,000 which may be used for their personal and/or professional development in teaching and learning. The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony and dinner in London on 24 September.

Editor's Notes
Jane Henry’s teaching innovations include extensive studies of project-based learning, addressing how best to support discovery-based learning through assignments, print, multi-media and face-to-face teaching in open learning settings in various disciplines. Her work on low cost courses showing that low number courses could be cost-effective was influential for policy.

A long time champion of student-centred learning, Jane has synthesised work from cognitive science and other disciplines to offer academically sound but practically useful and empowering courses students refer to years later.

Since its inception in 1983, more than 150,000 managers have studied an Open University Business School course at Certificate, Diploma or MBA level; of those, over 19,000 have successfully completed their MBA and joined one of the three largest alumni associations for MBA graduates outside the United States. The School is among the largest schools and faculties of The Open University, itself the largest university in the UK.

The Higher Education Academy works with universities and colleges, discipline groups, individual staff and organisations to help them deliver the best possible learning experience for students. It has a triple focus on national policy, institutional support, and subject and staff development.

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