Striving for excellence: A guide for tertiary teachers
The Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence (our member group of past TTEA recipients) has just released a two-volume reflective guide - Striving for excellence: A guide for tertiary teachers; making it easier for educators to access the growing body of good practice material from those recognised nationally for their sustained excellence in teaching, and apply it to their own teaching contexts.
Ken Koedinger, a professor of human-computer interaction and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, ... experts can articulate only about 30 percent of what they know. This is a problem when designing courses, he noted, because the experts creating them often can't adequately explain what they know to the novice learner.
This phenomenon is called the "curse of expertise," and it shows up in all sorts of settings...
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This National Project Fund project examined the extent to which teaching practices are informed by learner feedback in New Zealand tertiary institutions.
This project investigated tertiary teachers’ views of, and engagement with, feedback gathered through student evaluations. The study drew on a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques; in all, 1,065 staff from 3 institutions (1 polytechnic and 2 universities) participated in a questionnaire and 60 volunteers were interviewed.
This study highlights the need for greater use of student evaluation as an integral part of professional development. Closing the loop is introduced as a principle to encourage individual teachers, departments and organisations to:
provide evidence to demonstrate the quality of teaching to government, to staff, to colleagues, to students and other stakeholders enable planning for ongoing personal, professional, course/programme and institutional development enable students to be involved in development activities and give them a voice in the quality aspects of their tertiary experience.
Two outputs are available from this project: a research report and a summary guide.
A LACK of diversity among Australian universities is affecting the student experience as universities, shackled by booming enrolments and high research costs, struggle to meet the basic demands of quality teaching, says the new vice-chancellor of...
Internet courses and degrees are exploding at every level of education, but questions remain over whether it's possible to teach people to be face-to-face classroom instructors in a program that's entirely online.
PM - The question is not if "online' education works, but HOW online education is conducted. I can show you face to face class situations every day that are useful and next door, useless. The same goes for online education. It's not the tool you use, it's how you use the tool.
The latest Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication, prepared by Dennis Keys, Cath Fraser and Oliver Abbott of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, outlines how a practical house-build project and the accompanying ePortfolio assessment have improved student engagement and outcomes, and increased teacher satisfaction.
Australian universities need to be able to choose where they wish to place themselves on the continuum between teaching and research, between transmitting known knowledge and discovering the unknown, between short-term applied and long-term basic research, between cultivating students’ character and deepening their specific expertise, as well as between building international scholarly reputation and building national identity, between serving the professions as they exist and changing their social shape, between partnering with the community and standing apart as its independent critic.
HETL’s scope is international with a global membership. The aim of HETL is to bring together higher education professionals and thought leaders from around the world to dialogue, network, and collaborate on critical international issues relevant to teaching and learning in higher education.
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