Industry Practices, Processes and Techniques Adopted in Education – Supporting innovative teaching and learning practice

Edited by Kathryn MacCallum and David Parsons

Our  forthcoming edited book, “Industry Practices, Processes and Techniques Adopted in Education – Supporting innovative teaching and learning practice” is due to be published by Springer later in 2022.

The Focus of the Book

Over the past few years, there has been an increasing number of concepts and practices that have been developed in industry but have subsequently been applied in educational contexts to support teaching and learning. This link between industry-based ideas and their application in education has enabled educators to develop engaging, collaborative, and creative learning environments, as well as better preparing their students for an increasingly complex and dynamic global environment. These industry-based practices include examples such as lean thinking from the motor industry, agile methods from software development, design thinking from product development, hacker/makerspaces from maker communities, crowdsourcing from business innovation (along with wider ideas around entrepreneurship and enterprise), and a range of industry-based models of change and leadership.

The aim of this book is to provide a single source of reference for educators interested in understanding how these ideas have been adapted into different educational contexts and therefore help them to draw these into their own practice. We are inviting chapters from educators, researchers, and practitioners, who have integrated industry-based ideas into their teaching to explore how these concepts and practices have supported the creation of effective learning environments. Through this exploration, the book will enable wider engagement and critical analysis into the application of these practices for the development of collaborative and creative learning environments.

This book will follow on from the highly successful edited book published in 2019 – “Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning: Bringing Methodologies from Industry to the Classroom” by the same editors, but will have a considerably broader scope.

The major contribution of this book will be to provide a single point of reference for global expertise in how these industry-inspired ideas can be applied in teaching and learning at all levels of education. Aspects that would be of most interest to readers would be analysis, experiences, and ideas that can be reused and adapted in other contexts.

Topics from industry that are applicable to teaching and learning that we expect to see covered in the book include:

  • Cyber-physical systems for innovative education in machine automation
  • Real world collaborations between Higher education and Industry
  • Teaching the future of work
  • Imagining learning futures.
  • Simulated virtual internships in schools
  • Webinar design
  • A systems approach for blended learning design
  • Developing music production expertise through virtual collaboration
  • Hybrid project management in post-secondary research and education
  • Innovative learning practices in the digital area
  • Agile in the Alps
  • Analyzing and comparing software projects in academia and industry
  • HR and the dramatic arts
  • Ambidextrous approaches to postgraduate programme development
  • Reimagining education with Artificial Intelligence
  • eduScrum
  • Agile as an engagement mechanism
  • Crystal, DSDM and FDD – An educational perspective

Any queries should be directed to the editors at

Editor Bios:

Dr. Kathryn MacCallum is an Associate Professor of Digital Education Futures and Director of the Digital Education Futures Research lab within the School of Educational Studies and Leadership at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Prior to this, Kathryn was an Associate Professor of Computing at Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier, New Zealand. With a Ph.D. in Information Systems, her research has centred around exploring how technology can be effectively used to support teaching and learning. As a former practitioner in the IT industry, she has a strong desire to align professional IT skills and technology to support excellence in teaching. She is especially interested in how industry practices, such as Agile and Lean, can improve teaching and learning. Kathryn has been involved in a number of research projects, both in New Zealand and Internationally, developing innovative approaches to the integration of technology within all sectors of education. She has authored over 40 articles on this topic, and also serves as Editor in Chief for a number of international journals focusing on technology in education.

Dr. David Parsons is National Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab, running a programme in digital and collaborative learning for in-service teachers. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology and has wide experience in academia and the IT industry in the UK and Australasia. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and the author of many books, chapters, and articles on various aspects of technology enhanced learning and the teaching of software engineering. He has long experience in agile and lean software development and has provided industry training in applying these techniques. He is a certified ICAgile instructor, a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technologies, and past president of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn).