Best practice in research-informed teaching: a Welsh example.


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Professor Simon Haslett, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at the University of Wales, Newport's invited presentation to the Research informed Teaching Best Practice Conference at Staffordshire University on Wednesday 14th October 2009.

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Best practice in research-informed teaching: a Welsh example.

  1. 1. Best practice in research-informed teaching: a Welsh example. Presentation to Staffordshire University Research informed Teaching Best Practice Conference Wednesday 14 th October 2009 Professor Simon Haslett Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  2. 2. <ul><li>The CELT is a Research Centre with its main function to assist staff in: </li></ul><ul><li>Devising pedagogic research projects; </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting papers at conferences; and </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminating published outcomes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Umbrella </li></ul><ul><li>Draw together existing PedR activity across the institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon of PedR and teaching excellence in the HE landscape. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Research-informed Teaching Systematic inquiry into the L & T process. Which approaches are you most involved in? Examining how discipline-based research is included in the curriculum …..
  5. 5. Learning and Teaching Scholarship and Research <ul><li>CELT encourages staff to become active members of L&T communities of practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK (24 subject centres). </li></ul><ul><li>Membership of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE): Annual Conference at Newport (7-10 December 2009) + Newport event on 11 th December. </li></ul><ul><li>Membership of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual Conference in Indiana (October 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual Conference Liverpool (October 2010) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning <ul><li>individually-focused scholarship for personal use; </li></ul><ul><li>internally-focused scholarship for local (e.g. departmental, institutional) use; </li></ul><ul><li>externally-focused scholarship , such as defined by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, 2005, p. 34) as “the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines”; and </li></ul><ul><li>research for external dissemination at conferences and in publications (i.e. pedagogic research). </li></ul><ul><li>Where does your SoTL sit? </li></ul><ul><li>(from Haslett, 2009, based on Ashwin and Trigwell, 2004; RAE, 2005) </li></ul>
  7. 7. SoTL and Pedagogic Research <ul><li>Why do/would you do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic e.g. research-informed teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contractual e.g. teaching-led research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal professional updating/reflection and career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disseminate examples of practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do/would you research? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generic issues e.g. student engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies e.g. examples of teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do/would you do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individually or collaboratively? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding for research and publication e.g. grants? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Output types e.g. books, articles, conferences? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time and space to undertake research and writing? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>CELT Research Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL); </li></ul><ul><li>Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC); </li></ul><ul><li>Community Education, Distance Learning and Outreach (CEDLO). </li></ul>Coordinators PhD Students
  9. 9. <ul><li>Newport NEXUS Conference 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Learning and Teaching Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Monday 14th June and Tuesday 15th June 2010 </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Conference Symposia </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate Research </li></ul><ul><li>Research-informed Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Community Education </li></ul><ul><li>ESDGC </li></ul><ul><li>International Scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Linking Teaching and KT </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Student Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Enhanced Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Hazard and Geoscience Research </li></ul>Delegates used #nexus09 when tweeting
  11. 11. <ul><li>Teaching Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Insights </li></ul><ul><li>Development and Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogic Research </li></ul><ul><li>(Re)Views </li></ul><ul><li>Framework Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions for Vol. 3 are welcome (see CELT website for author guide). </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Pedagogic Research Expeditions </li></ul><ul><li>ExPedR Leg 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Australia </li></ul><ul><li>4 expedition members </li></ul><ul><li>Attend HERDSA 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Visit other HEIs </li></ul><ul><li>Promote Newport </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminate best practice </li></ul><ul><li>Develop research links. </li></ul><ul><li>2010 STLHE Canada? </li></ul>Using #expedr09 Blog - YouTube – NewportCELT Channel
  13. 13. <ul><li>Recognising, Rewarding and Promoting Teaching Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Professor, Readers and Teaching Fellows </li></ul><ul><li>Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>CELT Rising Star Awards </li></ul><ul><li>CELT Learning Support Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and Teaching Grants </li></ul>
  14. 14. CELT Writing Retreat <ul><li>The Academic Writing Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inventing and research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drafting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer review process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proof stage and publication </li></ul></ul>Modified from Ganobcsik-Williams (2009) Draw up a plan and draft a paragraph.
  15. 15. Research-Teaching Nexus Source: M. Healey & A. Jenkins (2009) Developing students as researchers. In: S. K. Haslett & H. Rowlands (eds) Linking research and teaching in Higher Education . University of Wales, Newport, pp. 7-11. How does your teaching map within the R-T Nexus? Research-tutored Engaging in research discussions Research-based Undertaking research and inquiry Research-led Learning about current research in the discipline Research-oriented Developing research and inquiry skills and techniques STUDENTS ARE PARTICIPANTS EMPHASIS ON RESEARCH CONTENT EMPHASIS ON RESEARCH PROCESSES AND PROBLEMS STUDENTS FREQUENTLY ARE AN AUDIENCE
  16. 16. CELT R-T NEXUS Activities <ul><li>Enlisted HEA Support: Prof Alan Jenkins </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote at CELT Launch (ppt + notes on CELT Website) </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop on 28 th January 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>HEA-Wales Action Set on R-T Nexus </li></ul><ul><li>Newport NEXUS Conference , June 2009 with Prof Mick Healey keynote workshop </li></ul>
  17. 17. From Haslett (2009) The Research-Teaching Complex
  18. 18. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul><ul><li>CELT Contact Details: </li></ul><ul><li>CELT Office: C53, Main Building, Lodge Road, Caerleon, NP18 3QT, UK. </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: +44 (0)1633 435230 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website: </li></ul>