- Professor Jo Smedley (Director, Centre for Excellence in L&T - University of Wales, Newport)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Reflective diary. Reflective diary kept throughout the year, including reflections on the induction , CPD attendance, attendance at action learning sets plus a `good practice day, master teacher day? (2,000 words).||35%|
|Semester Assessment||Action-research projects Two action-research projects based in the participants own departmental context (5,000 words).||55%|
|Semester Assessment||Presentation A peer-assessed presentation of one of the teaching cycle projects.||10%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Reflective Diary Reflective diary kept throughout the year, including reflections on the induction, CPD attendance, attendance at action learning sets plus a `good practice day? (2,000 words). This needs to show that comments from feedback have been addressed||35%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Action-research projects Two new action-research projects based in the participants own departmental context (5,000 words)||55%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Presentation A new peer-assessed presentation of one of the teaching cycle projects.||10%|
Through two independent action research projects developed alongside ‘action learning sets’ with colleagues and reflection on continuing professional development, participants will develop a solid evidence base on which they can inform decisions about teaching and independently evaluate and develop further innovations to improve the learning experience and develop teaching excellence.
Session 1 Teacher as researcher: action-research, evidence-informed practice and reflective practice.
Session 2 Research methods in Higher Education research.
Session 3 Teaching enhancement and evaluation: analysing and implementing change to include an update on technology-enhanced learning developments.
Session 4/5 An introduction to academic practice and leadership and academic leadership within the disciplines (subject-specific element to be delivered within faculties by directors of learning and teaching / teaching excellence / AU fellowship award holders).
2. Practical elements include attendance at five ‘action learning sets’ throughout the year with peer group to develop action research issues, problems and ideas. They also include attendance at three optional CPD events, booked through CDSAP per observation of expert teachers.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Participants are encouraged to use and interpret statistical information relating to quantitative data collected as part of a small scale, action research project carried out in the work environment.|
|Communication||Through peer-assessed presentation of teaching cycle project and through written reflections on own communication style in lectures and other teaching scenarios.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||The development of a professional and reflective approach to teaching practice and measures to evaluate effectiveness are practiced and developed.|
|Information Technology||Through participation in technology enhanced learning development workshops and through possible adoption of educational technology as part of a teaching innovation.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Participants are made aware of the need for Continuing professional development as part of effective academic practice and are made aware of opportunities for progression to further training.|
|Problem solving||The ability to identify problems in teaching practice and identify measures to improve teaching practice.|
|Research skills||The ability to use action research methodologies to carry out two projects which aim to develop good practice and innovation in teaching and learning.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Participants will gain grounding in the politics and philosophy of academic practice and its practical application in their own, varied academic contexts.|
|Team work||Action learning sets are assessed through the reflective journal|
This module is at CQFW Level 7