The Teaching Excellence Framework: an opportunity for libraries to make an impact

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Northern Collaboration Conference 2016
Parallel session 15: Emma Thompson, University of Liverpool

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The Teaching Excellence Framework: an opportunity for libraries to make an impact

  1. 1. Aims of TEF are to: • Encourage excellent teaching for all students • Promote cultural change to recognise teaching as equal in status to research • Provide clear information on teaching quality to assist student choice • Provide clear information to help employers recruit students with better and known skills • Recognise and respect the diversity of provision and different types of excellence HE Green Paper (CM9141) November 2015
  2. 2. Teaching Excellence Framework – Key areas Teaching quality Learning environment Student outcomes and learning gain
  3. 3. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/teaching-excellence-framework-year-2-technical-consultation
  4. 4. NSS questions measured in TEF 1. Staff are good at explaining things 2. Staff have made the subject interesting 3. Staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching 4. The course is intellectually stimulating 5. The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance 6. Assessment arrangements and marking have been fair 7. Feedback on my work has been prompt 8. I have received detailed comments on my work 9. Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things I did not understand 10. I have received sufficient advice and support with my studies 11. I have been able to contact staff when I needed to 12. Good advice was available with I needed to make study choices
  5. 5. DLHE survey
  6. 6. “Overall we believe that the framework (…) provides clear opportunities for libraries to make a meaningful contribution to their institutions’ TEF…” http://www.sconul.ac.uk/news/sconuls-response-to-the-tef-technical-consultation
  7. 7. Where does the library fit in? Provider submission – Qualitative evidence? Contribution to academic support, retention and employability? Possible wider definition of “learning environment”?
  8. 8. Strength Weakness Opportunity Threat Your library and TEF Workshop Activity
  9. 9. Strengths Flexibility and adaptability Celebrate good practice Quality and value for money Good liaison with academics Close working with students Skilled staff versed in academic support Representation at Welcome Week and student open days Good reputation for supporting students via helpdesks/Liaison librarians etc. Opportunities More collaboration with world of work, study skills and academic staff though forums, focus groups and partner libraries Recognition To articulate the library “offer” to academics To collaborate with others in demonstrating our value in “TEF” terms To contribute to institutional learning analytics Threats Reduction in student numbers so less monetary resource Judged against what? How will it be measured? Investment in library downgraded as Library NSS metric not included in the TEF Lack of awareness of librarians’ role in academic support Lack of knowledge across HE about implications of TEF and REF Weaknesses Value can be “hidden” – not easlily quantifiable as a metric Skills deficits – e.g. in metrics, data , capacity Patchiness of library support across programmes Academic knowledge of what resources we have and how we can support students S W TO SWOT ANALYSIS 1/4 Workshop Outputs
  10. 10. Strengths Get ahead programme to prepare students before teaching starts Small institutions already do academic writing, skills etc. Actual library environment (for studying) is improving Recognition of the role of Libraries in supporting Teaching and Learning - transition/Retention initiatives Strong Liaison Good DLHE Opportunities Collaborative working with professionals across the university Get more involved with teaching – more integrated discussion around reources Threats Reduction in student numbers so less monetary resource Judged against what? How will it be measured? Investment in library doengraded as Library NSS metric not included in the TEF Lack of awareness of librarians’ role in academic support Lack of knowledge across HE about implications of TEF and REF Weaknesses No money/time to devote to TEF IT support holds us back - enrollement is not always straightforward. Library needs to develop stronger support in this area Learning/Library environments Lack of funds Emphasis on research. All lecturers are researchers as a must S W TO SWOT ANALYSIS 2/4
  11. 11. Strengths Teaching and Learning qualifications Online learning Improved library help services now being acknowledged Opportunities Converged service to be measured together Services - LibAnswers Current service perceptions Threats Budget limit Focus on metrics not services Weaknesses Library space Modesty Spaces for Teaching and Learning Development causes disruption S W TO SWOT ANALYSIS 3/4
  12. 12. Strengths Cross institutional work in transitions to support progression and achievement Library has culture/strength of working in partnership/collabporating with others Integration with learning and teaching through course committees 1-2-1 support for students finding information for their assignments Recognise excellent teaching Developing better teaching Opportunities To develop better teaching processes Audit Quality assurance Threats Value/impact of library can be overlooked Marginalisation Funding cut could have a big impact on university and library Not being identified on the white paper – finding a way in Weaknesses Research Led Value/impact of Library services can be overlooked Measurement might miss library contribution with ranking of liabrary in overall university S W TO SWOT ANALYSIS 4/4
  13. 13. Read more… Government papers https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/teaching-excellence-framework SCONUL Response to the TEF consultation http://www.sconul.ac.uk/news/sconuls-response-to-the-tef-technical-consultation Times Higher TEF coverage https://www.timeshighereducation.com/policy/teaching-excellence-framework-tef WONKHE http://wonkhe.com/
  14. 14. emma.thompson@Liverpool.ac.uk

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