SHED 18th May 2018, University of Strathclyde – Evaluating teaching-related CPD in Higher Education

Evaluating teaching-related CPD in Higher Education

This session provides an opportunity to reflect on how teaching-related Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is currently evaluated in educational development practice. The session is based on the outcomes of the HEA/PedRIO project ‘Evaluating teaching-related CPD in Higher Education’ (Kneale et al. 2016).

Educational Developers are increasingly being asked to evidence the value of their work in higher education institutions but this is tricky business. The links between intervention and changes to lecturers’ conceptions, beliefs and practices can take time and are subject to other influences. This situation prompted the HEA/PedRIO project upon which this session is based, the project developed a research-informed Toolkit for good practice in evaluating teaching-related CPD. In this session the Toolkit will be introduced and participants will have a chance to consider their own practice in relation to the Toolkit’s recommendations. The session will then examine how these recommendations have been embedded into practice by PedRIO at the University of Plymouth. Participants will be invited to critique this work and to make suggestions for next steps in this and their own practice.

Publications relating to this work:

  • Spowart, L., Winter, J., Turner, R., Muneer, R., McKenna, C. & Kneale, P. (2017) ‘Evidencing the impact of teaching-related CPD: beyond the ‘Happy Sheets’. International Journal for Academic Development.
  • Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, S. Muneer, R. and Kneale, P. (2017) Evaluating academic development in the higher education sector: Academic developers’ reflections on using a Toolkit resource. Higher Education Research and Development.
  • Turner, R., Spowart, l., Winter, J., Muneer, R., & Kneale, P. (2016). ‘The lecturer should know what they are talking about’: SU Officers perceptions of teaching-related CPD and implications for practice. Innovations in Education and Teaching Special Issue: Pp 1-9
  • Kneale, P., Winter, J., Spowart, L., Turner, R. and Muneer, R. (2016) Evaluating teaching development activities in higher education: a toolkit. Higher Education Academy, York. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/evaluating-teaching-development-higher-education
  • Hughes, J., McKenna, C., Kneale, P., Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, L., & Muneer, R. (2016). Evaluating teaching development in higher education: Towards impact assessment (Literature Review). York: Higher Education. Retrieved June 3, 2016, from https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/evaluating-teaching-development-higher-education

The session will facilitated remotely by Dr Jennie Winter Associate Professor in Educational Development at the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), Plymouth University.

Dr Jennie Winter is an Associate Professor in Educational Development at the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), Plymouth University. She is a National Teaching Fellow, Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a representative of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).

Jennie is interested in a range of academic development themes including the student voice, education for sustainable development and evidencing the impact of academic development. Significant recent work includes a national research project on evaluating the impact of academic development in UK higher education (Kneale et al. 2016; Spowart et al. 2017; Winter et al. 2017), and international comparative work investigating how sustainability concepts are taught in Business and Economics in the UK and China (Winter and Cotton 2017). Jennie’s research has been utilised by the European Commission, presented at international conferences and by invite to selected institutions. You can find out more about Jennie’s work at this link – https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/jennie-winter.

Outline for the Day

10:30am           Arrival
11:00am           Welcome: Jane MacKenzie
11:05am           CPD Session: Evaluating teaching-related CPD in Higher Education
12:30pm          Lunch Please note: Lunch is not provided.
1:30pm            SHED community discussion of sector issues – As we are no longer a lobbying group, this will now be an open meeting for all.
3:30pm           Close of day

The meeting will start at 10:30am with an opening welcome at 11:00am and here is the draft agenda for the day along with minutes of the previous meeting.

Joining Information

The meeting will take place in Room GH208J, Graham Hills building, University of Strathclyde  – see campus map and travel guidancePlease note: Lunch is not provided but attendees may like to visit the Nourish Café in the TIC building. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.

To have an indication of numbers can you please email SHED Secretary Janis Davidson to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies.

Sector Agency Updates

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SHED 22nd February 2018, Heriot-Watt University – Academic Leadership as Practice: The Practices of Leadership [Cancelled]

Notice: As you will be aware, several Scottish universities will be participating in industrial action this month and next and one of the strike days coincides with our SHED meeting scheduled for 22nd February at Heriot-Watt University.  We have therefore decided to cancel this meeting without rescheduling it because of the ongoing nature of the industrial action.

We apologise for any disappointment caused and look forward to seeing you at the next SHED meeting on 18 May.

Academic Leadership as Practice: The Practices of Leadership

There are many ways of demonstrating leadership through the practices that we adopt as Academic and Educational Developers. Leadership for many of us is contextual, it can involve working with, guiding and influencing others, it can be direct, subtle and/or strategic, it can be through projects, change agendas or working with individuals and small groups. The practices which we draw upon to demonstrate our academic leadership are also just as varied (Gibbs, Knapper & Piccinin, 2009).

This reflective workshop will support you to explore your own practice within your own institution and the sphere of influence in which you currently operate. We will work collectively to consider the routes to success through the various practices of leadership that we can utilise to support our activities through contextualising our thinking to a current project or scheme of work.

To get the most out of the session you should come along with a project or piece of work which you are currently working on where you need to demonstrate some form of academic leadership.

The session will facilitated by Alison Nimmo, Glasgow Caledonian University, and Mark Charters, Glasgow School of Art.

Outline for the Day

10:30am           Arrival
11:00am           Welcome: Jane MacKenzie
11:05am           CPD Session: Academic Leadership as Practice: The Practices of Leadership
12:30pm          Lunch Please note: Lunch is not provided.
1:30pm            SHED community discussion of sector issuesAs we are no longer a lobbying group, this will now be an open meeting for all.
3:30pm           Close of day

The meeting will start at 10:30am with an opening welcome at 11:00am and here is the draft agenda for the day, along with minutes of the previous meeting.

Joining Information

The meeting will take place in Court Room, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus on the first floor of the Lord Balerno Building (right next to the campus main reception)  – see campus map and travel guidancePlease note: Lunch is not provided but the EBS Bistro on campus has confirmed lunches can be pre-ordered and they can be collected and paid for at lunchtime. A menu will be circulated at the meeting. It would be helpful to know if there are any dietary requirements so that suitable options can be included. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.

To have an indication of numbers can you please email SHED Secretary Janis Davidson to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies.

Sector Updates

SHED CPD Residential 2017: Mon 6th and Tues 7th November, 2017, Stirling University

CC BY-SA 3.0 Nick Youngson http://nyphotographic.com/

This year’s SHED Residential will be held on Mon 6th and Tues 7th November, 2017, at Stirling University. The theme of this year’s event is “The role of academic developers in strategic leadership and influencing in Higher Education”.

View draft programme | Register here to attend in person or online

During this 2-day CPD residential event we will have an opportunity to come together as a community of practice to explore different ways in which we lead and influence within our institutions. Even if you are unable to make both days, you would be welcome to join us as and when you can. We will also be allowing remote participation for selected sessions. If you will to join remotely please also complete the registration form. The event is such a good opportunity to come together to learn and to reflect on our own and others’ practice in a warm, supportive and occasionally witty environment. This year we are also going international as we will be joined for our inspiring keynote from Prof Roni Bamber by our academic development friends from an equivalent network in Canada [A recording of this talk is available here – there is a short break in the audio during the start].

The event itself will be hosted in Pathfoot Building Room SC3/4, University of Stirling. Here is maps of the campus and directions of how to get there.

Please note: Over the course of the 2 days tea and coffee will be provided by Academic Development at the University of Stirling but we will ask people to bring their own lunch with them or eat on campus.

Please also note that one of the people attending the event has a severe longstanding respiratory condition that means they can be vulnerable to environmental triggers. To ensure their safety it would be appreciated if you could avoid using perfumes and aftershaves on the day of the event. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

For residential participants we have reserved 18 Club double rooms at the Hotel Collessio in Stirling – please note that these are on a first come, first served basis before the 13th October. We have negotiated a reduced rate of £89.00 B&B or £109.00 DB&B ( dinner inclusive rate allows the guest £25 to spend against the main dinner menu). The rate is based on a ‘Club’ room category and sole occupancy. A promo code will be emailed to you when you register for the event. SHED is not handling payment for room bookings and delegates need to make payment directly with Hotel Collessio.

For those of you who do not wish to stay over or plan to attend single days, you are welcome to join us for dinner at the hotel – please book direct with the hotel.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the CPD Co-ordinators, Catriona Cunningham and Katy Savage.

View draft programme | Register here to attend in person or online

SHED 29th September 2017, Glasgow Caledonian University – Peer Observation of Teaching

Peer Observation of Teaching

This CPD session will be an opportunity to network with colleagues in either a face-to-face or virtual environment to talk about peer observation how and where it takes place within your respective institutions and also to begin identifying potential peer observees and observers for your own academic development practice. The session will facilitated by Catriona Cunningham, University of Stirling, and Cathy Bovill, University of Edinburgh. You can find copies of the guidance and reflective logs here (docs attached)

Outline for the Day

10:30am           Arrival
11:00am           Welcome: Alison Nimmo & Jane MacKenzie
11:05am           CPD Session: Peer Observation of Teaching
12:30pm          Lunch
Please note: Lunch is not provided. There are catering units on campus where SHED participants can buy lunch, tea, coffee etc. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.
1:30pm             Dialogue with Sector Agencies – Agency reports will be made available via the WordPress site 1 week prior to meeting.

  1. ALT
  2. HEA
  3. QAA
  4. Universities Scotland
  5. SEDA

2pm                  IMG Meeting
3:30pm           Close of day

The meeting will start at 10:30am with an opening welcome at 11:00am and here is the draft agenda for the day, along with minutes of the previous meeting..

Joining Information

The meeting will take place in H116, ground floor of William Harley Building – see campus mapPlease note: Lunch is not provided and we will provide directions to local eateries. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch. So we have an indication of numbers can you please email SHED Secretary Janis Davidson to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies asap.

Peer Observation of Teaching (POT) Scheme – Updated

At the SHED meeting on the 11th May 2017 draft guidance developed by Cathy Bovill and Catriona Cunningham was presented for feedback from the SHED community.

Overview

The purpose of the SHED POT Scheme is to encourage members of the educational development community in Scotland to benefit from learning and teaching development and support opportunities from across the range of higher education institutions and colleagues . Research evidence suggests that there is great benefit to be had from observing others’ teaching practices, having your own teaching observed, and having informal conversations about teaching and learning (Blackwell & McClean, 1996; Bovill & Cairns, 2014; Gosling, 2005; Hammersley-Fletcher & Orsmond, 2004; Peel, 2005; Roxå and Mårtensson 2009; Whitlock & Rumpus, 2004).

The final version of the SHED POT Guidance can be downloaded from the link below. We plan to launch the SHED POT scheme officially at the start of the 17/18 academic year. Meanwhile, ethical approval is now being sought to research how useful the POT scheme is to people. More information on this will be provided at the first meeting of SHED in the new academic year.

Click here to read/download the full POT guidance 

Providing Feedback

For more information/feedback about the POT guidance please contact Catriona Cunningham or Cathy Bovill

 

SHED 11th May 2017 Meeting, University of Stirling

Please note: that one of the people attending the event has a severe longstanding respiratory condition that means they can be vulnerable to environmental triggers. To ensure their safety it would be appreciated if you could avoid using perfumes and aftershaves on the day of the event. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sharing practice in the SHED – what are we doing to support learning and teaching in the digital environment

Our final CPD session of our digital focus this year is inspired by suggestions the SHED community gave at our last meeting in Edinburgh. We would therefore like to invite colleagues, ideally from each institution, to come along with a 3-4 minute case study that illustrates how academic developers are supporting academic colleagues teach in a digital environment. We hope to have enough contributions to enable a hands-on and interactive session where we will all get an opportunity to think about how we can further support our academic colleagues in this fast-changing context. This session will be facilitated by the SHED CPD Co-ordinators.

If you have something you would like to share, please could you let us know by 4th May at the very latest.

Outline Agenda

10:30am          Arrival
11:00am          Welcome
11:05am           CPD Session. Sharing practice in the SHED
12:30pm          Lunch – see note below*
1:30pm            Dialogue with Sector Agencies
2:00pm            IMG Meeting
3:30pm           Close of day

The meeting will start at 10:30am with an opening welcome at 11:00am and here is the draft agenda for the day, along with minutes of the previous meeting. Can you please email SHED Secretary Janis Davidson to confirm your attendance or to send in your apologies asap. Reports from External Sector Body Representatives will be made available in advance of the meeting and will be updated as they are received below:

  1. ALT update
  2. HEA update
  3. QAA & Enhancement Themes update
  4. Universities Scotland update
  5. SEDA update
  6. OEPS

Joining instructions

Our next SHED meeting will be held on the 11th May 2017 at the University of Stirling from 10.30-4.00. The meeting will take place in Room 2B129, Cottrell building, see campus map here. As those of you who have already visited Cottrell building know, it is a bit of a rabbit warren… we will put up some directions to the SHED meeting but to help guide you, Room 2B129 is on the ground floor and it is probably best to come into the building via either of the Cottrell car park entrances (on either side of the building under construction) where you will find you are already in B corridor. From there, turn right and just keep going until you get to B129.

Please note pay and display parking is in operation on campus and parking is extremely limited. We would encourage you to consider an alternative mode of transport to campus, including our excellent Uni Link bus service. Anyone travelling by car is advised to arrive well before 9am to ensure they find a space.  Here are details of travel options.

*Please note: Lunch is not provided and we will provide directions to local eateries. As always you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch

Recording: Effectively using Social Media in Learning and Teaching

As part of the SHED February 2017 meeting we were delighted to have a CPD session delivered by Diane Pennington on Effectively using Social Media in Learning and Teaching. For those who were not able to make the session with Diane’s permission we made a recording which is available on the SHED YouTube channel and embedded below:

Slides from Diane’s session are available here and a description of the session follows:

Have you noticed how students are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram all the time? As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them! This session will introduce you to how to use social media tools intelligently and responsibly to instruct, communicate with, and engage students in ways that are familiar and meaningful to them. You will hear about specific social media services and how they can be used for teaching and learning and will have a chance to try them out in the session. You will then be encouraged to think about how you might use social media in your own practice as well as encourage and support others to do the same.

The session will be led by,

Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington PhD FHEA
Lecturer in Information Science
Deputy Course Director, MSc/PgDip Information & Library Studies
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

http://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/diane.pennington/

Given the wide geographic spread of SHED members we will continue to endeavor to make similar event resources available and have created a dedicated page which will list these.