Enhancing quality through research-informed teaching: role of the Newport CELT


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Presentation by Professor Simon Haslett, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Wales, Newport, to the joint Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and Higher Education Academy (HEA) Conference "Quality Assurance and Enhancement in Wales - a Changing Picture?" at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on Friday 23rd October 2009.

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Enhancing quality through research-informed teaching: role of the Newport CELT

  1. 1. Enhancing quality through research-informed teaching: role of Newport CELT. Keynote Presentation to the QAA-HEA Conference Quality assurance and enhancment in Wales – a changing picture? Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells Friday 23 rd October 2009 P rofessor Simon Haslett Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  2. 2. <ul><li>The CELT is a Research Centre with its main functions to foster a culture of research-informed teaching and 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>“ Systematic inquiry into the L & T process”? (Jenkins and Healey, 2005) SoLT – Scholarship of Learning and Teaching PedR – Pedagogic Research
  3. 3. <ul><li>Umbrella </li></ul><ul><li>CELT draws together existing PedR activity across the institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Beacon </li></ul><ul><li>CELT is a beacon of SoLT and PedR, and teaching excellence in the HE landscape. </li></ul>Stats (Dec 08 – June 09) Total CELT contacts: 733 Conference delegates: 180 (up 50%) Conference papers: 62 Proceedings papers: 20 CELT Journal papers: 14 CELT Launch & Workshops: 198
  4. 4. 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>
  5. 5. From: S. K. Haslett (2009) Higher Education conference attendance and engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning: a Welsh perspective. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education , 1 (2), 65-73. Delegate nationality at selected UK HE Conferences (excluding delegates ( n = 802) from institutions in England) n = 189 Total sample n = 991
  6. 6. <ul><li>Proportionally 25% fewer Welsh academics attending than from England. </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance proportionally dominated by newer universities. </li></ul><ul><li>Research-intensive universities in the bottom three. </li></ul><ul><li>Four Welsh institutions had no delegates at the Conferences surveyed (mix of both the above). </li></ul><ul><li>Limited snapshot survey, criticised because none of the events were in Wales. </li></ul><ul><li>This criticism can be tested with the SRHE 2009 Annual Conference being held in Newport – results to follow? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <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
  8. 8. <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>
  9. 9. <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
  10. 10. <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>
  11. 11. 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>
  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 - http://expedr09.blogspot.com 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 – feeder to UoW Fellowship </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. 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. 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
  15. 15. 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>
  16. 16. From: S. K. Haslett (2009) Unpicking the links between research and teaching in Higher Education. Newport CELT Journal , 2 , 1-5. The Research-Teaching Complex
  17. 17. <ul><li>SoLT and PedR are ingredients that enhance the quality of the flavour of Higher Education and help make it distinctive. We should aim to develop ‘seasoned’ academics who use and undertake research to inform teaching. </li></ul><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: http:// celt.newport.ac.uk </li></ul>