Promoting excellence through teaching scholarship

Fanghanel, Joelle, Potter, Jacqueline, Pritchard, Jane and Wisker, Gina Promoting excellence through teaching scholarship. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This presentation reports on a project that involved 4 main collaborators in research on defining and supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The research was funded by the Higher Education Academy and generated a set of data that included:
• A literature review
• -A survey of SoTL practices in 62 UK-based Higher Education Providers (HEP) and 8 interviews with Heads of Educational Development
• Three interviews with institutional Student Engagement (SE) leaders ; and 36 students in six focus groups – representing all four UK nations

The main findings include: a lack of consensus on what SoTL work is, and how it can be assessed and rewarded; no explicit awareness of how it relates to quality and enhancement of teaching and learning; and very little understanding of the challenges posed by its disciplinary-interdisciplinary make-up. We found that it is possible to define SoTL through a set of characteristics (SoTL generates teaching /curriculum enhancement; change and boundary-crossing; engagement with students; dissemination and impact) and through relating SoTL to the different levels of the HE system (micro level of individuals and departments; institutional level; and the national/international macro level where policy, regulations, and incentives are decided upon that impact on the micro and meso levels). Recommendations for institutions, policy-makers, and researchers will be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Depositing User: Joelle Fanghanel
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2016 13:25
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2016 13:25
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2479

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