Activities from the Fellows Event 4th March

Julie Hall who is the Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement and Interim Director of Research at the University of Roehampton and Co-Chair of SEDA facilitated a simulating event for around 23 Fellows on the topic of Teaching Excellence.

The event started with Pam outlining the change academy project aim and objectives and then Julie provided an overview of the topic. Then it was over to the fellows to explore some aspects in more detail.

Firstly we looked at what teaching excellence is generically in groups and provided a range of key aspects on flip charts some of  which can be seen here and included:

  • Clarity re expectations structure and methods
  • Alignment / flow to create engagement
  • Passion / enthusiasm/inspirational culture
  • Adaptability – diverse approaches
  • Small safe steps and the big picture
  • Encouraging critical thinking and independence

 Generic teaching excellence Gerneric teaching excellence 2

Julie then asked us to individually to either draw or write something to complete the sentence “when teaching is excellent in ….it looks like….” There were a mix of drawings and words provided for this which included covering the below thoughts:

  • Creating the specific professional skills and knowledge
  • A conveyor belt of tools
  • A gardener sowing seeds and nurturing growth
  • A beautiful woven tapestry including knowledge, skills, behaviours, ideas
  • An episode of ‘Have I got news for you?’
  • Dead Poets Society – inspirational
  • Looks different at different times
  • All aspects of the profession – in the office, on site and with the raw materials

Lastly we looked at how we could assess and reward teaching excellence. key points on assessing teaching excellence included:

  • Use REF headings and create TEF
  • Peer review and external view
  • Scholarship in L+T
  • Make more effective use of peer review and change ethos – less judgemental
  • Find better way for students to assess teaching
  • How far does your module/ course attract students? But be careful
  • Quite a difficult thing to do…
  • Need evidence of long term impact down the line
  • Standard criteria can be blind to context
  • Need to use what we already have
  • Students may judge different things as excellent depending on their preferences or resources available / hygiene factors
There will be an article in the next Learning at City Journal with a fuller discussion of the project to date and the plans so watch out for this.
In the meantime do add your contributions to the blog or send them to me via e-mail so I can add these to the article pictures welcome.

One thought on “Activities from the Fellows Event 4th March

  1. I liked the reference to “a gardener sowing seeds and nurturing growth” and the one about “all aspects of the profession – in the office, on site and with the raw materials”.

    I can understand the comments about “find better way for students to assess teaching” and “students may judge different things…”. The same “excellent” teacher setting easier assignements for one group and setting tougher assignments to another group would get different ratings from the two groups, which may not reflect the “excellence” in teaching. I think I am agreeing with the comment “Quite a difficult thing to do”.

    I also feel that internal awards should be fewer but more substantial. Perhaps the idea of “TEF” could be further explored.

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