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Talk about creation of development of Scholarship Activity at Durham University's Foundation Centre.

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    • Embedding Scholarship “Developing a Community of Practice Amongst Teaching Fellows” Sam Nolan & Megan Bruce
    • Outline • • • • • • Foundation Centre & It’s Staff Scholarship & Support Structures In Practice ∂ Successes Challenges Future Plans
    • Foundation Centre Staff ∂ • 18 Academic Staff across 2 sites • All Teaching Fellows (Grades 7-9) • Mixture of Research Experience & Academic Disciplines
    • Scholarship The distinction between research and scholarship is made in the following way: a) research is original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding and is the mainstay of work submitted to the RAE; b) scholarship is defined as ∂ creation, development the and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines…. And c) the work we undertake in preparation for teaching, keeping up to date with developments in the subject area to ensure our teaching is 'research informed’ • 20% FTE for each TF ”
    • What does that mean to us? 1. Scholarship starts with supporting our students 2. Scholarship encompasses discipline and subject specific work to enhance teaching 3. Scholarship can evolve into pedagogical ∂ research 4. Scholarship can be evaluating new teaching techniques and technologies 5. Scholarship involves students as partners Add your own ….
    • What is Scholarship • Constructively reading articles relating to your subject with the purpose of updating your knowledge of it or your teaching skills in it. • Attending a professional development course. • Giving a short seminar to colleagues to disseminate a digest of ∂ what you have gained from your reading or course or engaging in constructive discussion about such a seminar. • Running a workshop to demonstrate a skill, commenting on your experience with it. • Being a member of a professional body and taking an active part in its proceedings.
    • What is Scholarship • Supporting or mentoring a colleague’s professional development. • Applying for a grant or funding to support your professional development. • Writing a short review of a book for a professional journal. ∂ • Attending the seminars of a research group. • Undertaking a task to support the work of a research group. • Attending a conference.
    • What is Scholarship • Preparing and supporting a poster for a conference. • Giving a seminar on your field of studies. • Study which leads to a further qualification and/or skills and/or adds to knowledge in your field. • Reviewing a research article in your field for an academic ∂ journal. • Submitting a paper to an academic journal. • Applying for research funding for a project.
    • Examples of Scholarship Many differing projects including: • Overcoming barriers to Laboratory Learning with Virtual Experiments • Impact of punctuation programme on student language • Focus Project: A Corpus of Student Generated Discipline Specific Language ∂ • What motivates Chinese students to come to the Foundation Centre (JM) • Conceptual Understanding of Mechanics – The International Angle • Student Sharing Resources via Pinterest in Anthropology
    • Scholarship Management Structure Scholarship Forum Scholarship Committee Ethics Committee • Ideas for Scholarship evolve through and with support from the Scholarship Forum ∂
    • Scholarship Management Structure Ethics Committee Scholarship Forum Scholarship Committee • Ideas for Scholarship evolve through and with support from the Scholarship Forum ∂ • If they involve student participants, ethical approval is granted by the ethics committee
    • Scholarship Management Structure Scholarship Committee Ethics Committee Scholarship Forum • Ideas for Scholarship evolve through and with support from the Scholarship Forum ∂ • If they involve student participants, ethical approval is granted by the ethics committee • If they involve the research office, they go to the Scholarship Committee
    • Scholarship Management Structure Scholarship Committee Ethics Committee Scholarship Forum • Ideas for Scholarship evolve through and with support from the Scholarship Forum ∂ • If they involve student participants, ethical approval is granted by the ethics committee • If they involve the research office, they go to the Scholarship Committee
    • The Role of the Scholarship Forum • The Scholarship Forum is coordinated by SN with help from Prof. Doug Newton (Emeritus Professor from School of Education) • Provide mentoring for staff in the development of Scholarly Activity, including: ∂ • Developing ideas, Writing Papers, Writing Talk/Grant Proposals, Organising Conferences, Joining Learned Societies • Provide a forum for the sharing of Scholarship Work • Lunchtime Talks • Yearly Conferences • National Networks
    • Supporting Scholarship: In Practice • Staff tend to find working together in small groups on common themes help ideas develop quicker, and with a spread of backgrounds this is often fortuitous. • More experienced staff tend to mentor those starting ∂ out in Scholarship • Scholarship also snowballs, for example in STEM from One Enhancing the Student Learning Experience Award in 2010, a whole series of projects have evolved.
    • Enhancing the Student Learning Experience Award 2011 Screen Experiments Mechanics Subject Specific Language HEA Workshop Studies of Conceptual Understanding Many Conferences 3 Collaborative Grant Bids 3 Conference Presentations eGlossary ∂ Paper(s) JM - Grant – Screencasting SR + MB – Subject Specific Language 12 Conference Presentations/ 2 Invited Talks High Impact Paper ? Focus Project – HEA + Durham Funding Membership of National Committee Augmented Reality Project
    • Supporting Scholarship: The Scholarship Lunches • Every month during term time we have a catered lunch with a talk from a staff member, this could be on: • Their own Scholarly Activity ∂ • A paper they’ve read • An idea they want to develop
    • Successes • 12 staff publications in National Journals, 3 in International Journals • £100K of funding secured in 3 years, including: • 10 Enhancing the Student Learning Experience Awards • Funding from the HEA, HE STEM, SSI etc • Staff sit on editorial boards of national journals ∂ • Staff elected to Higher Education Committees of Learned Societies • Work presented at over 30 conferences • Lots of collaborative projects (Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, OU, Sheffield, Keele, …)
    • Challenges • Staff Ask: • • • • Does it need to a big project? How do I get experience? I don’t know anybody else interested in… ∂ Do I have to do this on my own? • Staff who are engaged unsure of the role of Scholarship in promotion • Hard to find time
    • Future Plans • Embedding the Personal Scholarship Plan into our ASR process to allow supportive mentoring • Assessing the effect of Scholarship on the Student Learning Experience ∂ • Continue supporting all staff to develop their national (and international) profiles • E-Journal and Book in development
    • Future Plans • Embedding the Personal Scholarship Plan into our ASR process to allow supportive mentoring • A Teaching Fellow Network ∂ • Assessing the effect of Scholarship on the Student Learning Experience • Continue supporting all staff to develop their national (and international) profiles • E-Journal and Book in development
    • Final Summary We’ve tried a very inclusive approach and found it enriches our teaching: “Scholarship is for anyone who teaches – it can be very ∂ rewarding; it rejuvenates interest in what we do; it shows students our dedication to their learning; it develops our links to other departments; it is an essential part of academic life”