UHI Millennium Institute, Business and Leisure - The Role of ILTHE


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UHI Millennium Institute, Business and Leisure - The Role of ILTHE

  1. 1. 1Enhancing Learning and Teaching -The Role of the ILTHEDr Rob MacphersonUHI Millennium Institute
  2. 2. 2Plan of Talk1) What is ILTHE?2) Professionalism3) Routes to membership4) ILTHE membership services5) Why join?6) Conclusion - the four Rs
  3. 3. 3What is ILTHE?• The Institute of Learning and Teaching inHigher Education (ILTHE) is theprofessional body for all who teach andsupport learning in Higher Educationin theUK• It was set up in the aftermath of theDearing Report to address the fact thatthere were no professional standards forLearning &Teaching within the sector
  4. 4. 4What is ILTHE?It seeks to• enhance the status of teaching• improve the experience of learning• support innovation• maintain professional standards of practice• professionally recognise all staff involved inTeaching & Learning
  5. 5. 5ILTHE: Core Functions• Self-regulation of professional standards inlearning and teaching in higher education• Provision of services to individual members• Creation of inclusive community of practice inteaching and learning support• Growth of evidence of best practice in T&L• Representation of the practitioner’s voice innational debates on learning and teaching in HE
  6. 6. 6Characteristics of “Professionals”• Possession and use of specialist knowledge• Long training and socialisation• Use of discretion, not only rules• Control over recruitment/training• Control over standards of performance• Code of ethics; disciplinary procedures• Self-definition of scholarship base
  7. 7. 7Professionalism: Sector Views• Possession of appropriate knowledge andskills• Achievement of adequate standards ofperformance• Commitment to students’ achievement• Commitment to continuing development• Adherence to set of values
  8. 8. 8Enhancing Professionalism• Membership: mark of recognition ofprofessionalism as a teacher/facilitator oflearning: therefore initial entry criteria pluscontinuous professional development (CPD)• Routes to membership: flexible routes torecognise differences in staff responsibility,staff experience, institutional setting.
  9. 9. 9Routes to Membership• Accreditation: ILTHE acknowledgment offormal training of institutional staff in staffdevelopment programmes - in UHI’s case,MA Professional Development• ILTHE evaluation of individual applications
  10. 10. 10Six Areas: Basis of Evaluation• Teaching/support of learning• Design/planning of programme of study and/orlearning activities• Assessment and/or giving feedback to students• Developing effective learning environments andstudent learning support systems• Improvement through reflective practice andpersonal development• Integration of scholarship, research andprofessional activities
  11. 11. 11Basis of EvaluationYour application should explain the following:• What you do• How you do it• Why you do it that way• How you know what you do is effective
  12. 12. 12Membership Services• Journal: 3 issues a year• Books: 2 different series• Newsletter: 4 issues a year (paper/online)• Website: www.ilt.ac.uk• Workshops: held throughout the UK• Forums: eg North of Scotland Forum• Conferences:annual and local
  13. 13. 13Why should I join?The ILTHE offers:• a kitemark of experience and expertise inteaching/learning support• membership of a community of learningthrough which to share best practice and ideas• influence and the chance to shape thedirection and services of the ILTHE• a performance indicator for external scrutiny
  14. 14. 14Some potential UHI objectives forILTHE membership?The objectives are• to contribute to attaining excellence in all our educationalprovision• to maximise the status of teaching within UHI and theexternal profile of UHI in teaching-related areas• to support the professionalism of teaching-related workand associated staff development activity• to ensure equality of esteem for all HE activities within UHI
  15. 15. 15ILTHE membership• Widespread membership of the ILTHE is a UHIstrategic aim and, with only a few exceptions, it isexpected that all academic and academic-related staffshould become members• Currently, 74 staff out of 540 on the academic registerare ILTHE members (14%) - 6 from Orkney College(but not your Principal!!!)• The target for 2003-04 is 108 members (20%)
  16. 16. 16Conclusion - The Four RsThe ILTHE provides:• Recognition of professional skills• Responsibility for sectoral accountability• Resources for the development ofteaching and learning support• Relationships: community of teachingand learning practice