Many of you will remember Vivian Neal who has co-facilitated SCoPE seminars for us in the past on the role of instructional designers and teaching & learning centres. Vivian is currently on secondment to University of Plymouth where she is teaching in the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, a manditory program for all new lecturers.
Please join us Tuesday, March 3 at 19:00 GMT, 11:00 a.m. PST for the seminar kick off session via Elluminate.
Deirdre Bonnycastle has started a new thread for introductions here. (Thank you Deirdre!) Gary has sketched out the seminar structure for our 3 weeks together, and we have a wiki set up to gather seminar highlights and resources. Please feel free to contribute to the wiki! Alice Macpherson has gratiously volunteered to help keep the wiki organized and healthy. (Thank you Alice!)
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Welcome everyone to this seminar! I am very pleased to be co-facilitating over the next three weeks! I am with the University of Plymouth, UK, for this year, teaching on their program for new lecturers, the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. I am taking a year away from Simon Fraser University in Canada, so I have worked in both a credentialed higher education environment as well as a non-credentialed.
I will be sharing some of my insights and experiences during this seminar, and I hope to learn a lot also from everyone who contributes. Please share your thoughts - I hope we will all take away some new ideas to move this whole area forward.
The UK's Higher Education Academy (HEA) supports institutions in their professional development of HE teachers through their accreditation program and Professional Standards Framework, as well as supporting HE teachers directly by offering a variety of programs and resources. Almost all HE institutions in the UK have manditory teaching and learning programs that are accredited by the HEA.
At the University of Plymouth all new lecturers are required to take the program consisting of three "M" level modules - in Canadian language, this is three Masters level courses taken by new faculty. At Plymouth the first module is quite broad and covers both institutional and national policies/issues as well as teaching and learning theory. The second module is an action research project where lecturers research a small peice of their own practice. For the third module, participants select between a module in Learning Technologies or Teaching Research (Linking Teaching and Discipline-Based Research). The program can be taken over a period of one, two or three years, though most people take it all in one year.