‘Be a Swiss Army knife with one unique tool’: bringing industry knowledge into the tertiary classroom

Tertiary Education Futures
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James Mahon

Tertiary instructors bring a wealth of professional experience to the classroom, helping to ensure that learners are prepared for the realities of the working world. However, tertiary staff need access to relevant and industry-driven career-long professional learning (CLPL) to keep their knowledge and skills up to date, particularly those hailing from industries undergoing transformational change at a breakneck pace.

Know your worth and appreciate the knowledge that you have and use that to build on and acknowledge where you need to plug those gaps.

Dr James Mahon

Drawing on his own experience teaching and working in media, Dr James Mahon explains the importance of CLPL in mirroring industry trends and keeping tertiary instructors at the leading edge of their professions.

Dr James Mahon explains the importance of career-long professional learning in mirroring industry trends and keeping tertiary instructors at the leading edge of their professions.

Dr. James Mahon is an award-winning Irish TV/radio anchor and reporter, author, and university lecturer. He moved to America from the North of England in 2012 and reported and anchored TV newscasts for CBS and PBS Affiliates including coverage of tornado damage, homicides and domestic terrorist attacks. He has worked as a broadcast journalist in new markets across the world including India, Iraq, Northern Ireland, and England. He is currently a part-time lecturer on the BA and MA in Journalism at the University of the West of Scotland. In 2021 Mahon completed a doctorate in mobile journalism and is now working as a TV reporter with ITV News in the UK.

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