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The use of technology in relation to the teaching excellence framework criteria

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The use of technology in relation to the teaching excellence framework criteria

  1. 1. How technology and social media can help universities demonstrate Teaching Excellence aligned to the TEF Criteria Sue Beckingham NTF | @suebecks | Sheffield Hallam University Visiting Fellow at Edge Hill University Keynote at the 2018 Learning and Teaching Day #EHULT2018
  2. 2. Purpose of the TEF The Government has introduced the TEF as a way of: • Better informing students’ choices about what and where to study • Raising esteem for teaching • Recognising and rewarding excellent teaching • Better meeting the needs of employers, business, industry and the professions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teaching-excellence-and-student-outcomes-framework-specification
  3. 3. What does the TEF measure? The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) measures teaching excellence in three key areas: 1. Teaching quality: the extent to which teaching stimulates and challenges students, and maximises their engagement with their studies. 2. Learning environment: the effectiveness of resources and activities (such as libraries, laboratories and work experience) which support learning and improve retention, progression and attainment. 3. Student outcomes and learning gain: the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals, in particular students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  4. 4. TEF outcomes
  5. 5. TEF information How can prospective students [and parents] use TEF?
  6. 6. Office for Students https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/teaching/what-is-the-tef/
  7. 7. Office for Students https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/teaching/what-is-the-tef/
  8. 8. UCAS website How students should use the TEF "TEF is intended to help students choose where to study, by providing clear information about teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes in terms of graduate level jobs or study." https://www.ucas.com/advisers/guides-resources-and-training/guides-and-resources/guide-teaching-excellence-framework-tef
  9. 9. UCAS website https://www.ucas.com/advisers/guides-resources-and-training/guides-and-resources/guide-teaching-excellence-framework-tef
  10. 10. Find out more takes you to... https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/teaching/tef-outcomes/#/
  11. 11. Unistats website Unistats is an independent website offering a range of useful info and statistics on university courses. https://unistats.ac.uk/Institutions/
  12. 12. Unistats website https://unistats.ac.uk/find-out-more/teaching-excellence-framework-(tef)/
  13. 13. Unistats website https://unistats.ac.uk/Institutions/Details/10007823
  14. 14. TEF Criteria The TEF rating is made against three criteria: 1. Teaching Quality 2. Learning Environment 3. Student Outcomes and Learning Gain. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teaching-excellence-and-student-outcomes- framework-specification
  15. 15. Metrics 6 Core metrics: 3 NSS, 1 non-continuation and 2 DLHE National Student Survey (NSS) metrics • The teaching on course (TEACH), • Assessment and feedback (ASSESS) • Academic support (ACAD) Non-continuation (NCON) metric • Retention using Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) UK Performance Indicators and the Individual Learner Record (ILR). Destination of Leavers from Higher Education DHLE metrics • Proportion in employment or in further study (EMP) • Proportion in highly skilled employment or in further study (HSEMP) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/651162/TEF- analysis_of_metrics_flags.pdf
  16. 16. Metrics
  17. 17. TEF Assessment Criteria Teaching Quality TQ1 Student Engagement TQ2 Valuing Teaching TQ3 Rigour and Stretch TQ4 Feedback Learning Environment LE1 Resources LE2 Scholarship and Professional Practice LE3 Personalised Learning Student Outcomes and Learning Gain SO1 Employment and Further Study SO2 Employability and Transferable Skills SO3 Positive Outcomes for All
  18. 18. TEF Assessment Criteria Teaching Quality TQ1 Student Engagement TQ2 Valuing Teaching TQ3 Rigour and Stretch TQ4 Feedback Core Metrics NSS: Teaching on my course - Staff are good at explaining things - Staff have made the subject interesting - The course is intellectually stimulating - My course has challenged me to achieve my best work NSS: Assessment and feedback - The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance - Marking and assessment have been fair - Feedback on my work has been timely - I have received helpful comments on my work https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/media/40aad51c-1c20-4ae0-affb-5a2bfac8eb98/tef-year-three-full-metrics-descriptions.pdf
  19. 19. TEF Assessment Criteria Learning Environment LE1 Resources LE2 Scholarship and Professional Practice LE3 Personalised Learning Core Metrics NSS: Academic Support - I have been able to contact staff when I need to - I have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to my course - Good advice was available when I needed to make study choices Continuation (HESA) This metric tracks students from the year they enter a HE provider to the two following years. https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/media/40aad51c-1c20-4ae0-affb-5a2bfac8eb98/tef-year-three-full-metrics-descriptions.pdf
  20. 20. TEF Assessment Criteria Student Outcomes and Learning Gain SO1 Employment and Further Study SO2 Employability and Transferable Skills SO3 Positive Outcomes for All Core Metrics Graduate Outcomes Survey - HESA Employment or further study (DLHE) Highly skilled employment or further study (DLHE) Supplementary Metrics Sustained employment or further study (LEO) Above median earnings threshold or further study (LEO)(LEO) https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/media/40aad51c-1c20-4ae0-affb-5a2bfac8eb98/tef-year-three-full-metrics-descriptions.pdf
  21. 21. How technology and social media can help universities demonstrate Teaching Excellence aligned to the TEF Criteria
  22. 22. TQ1 Student Engagement Criterion: Teaching provides effective stimulation, challenge and contact time that encourages students to engage and actively commit to their studies Teaching Quality
  23. 23. TQ2 Valuing Teaching Criterion: Institutional culture facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching Teaching Quality
  24. 24. TQ3 Rigour and Stretch Criterion: Course design, development, standards and assessments are effective in stretching students to develop independence, knowledge, understanding and skills that reflect their full potential Teaching Quality https://project-based-learning-toolkit.com/
  25. 25. TQ4 Feedback Criterion: Assessment and feedback are used effectively in supporting students' progression and attainment Teaching Quality https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/case-studies/2018/apr/how-we-raised- our-nss-feedback-and-assessment-scores-26-three-years Students record on a device of their own choice
  26. 26. LE1 Resources Criterion: Physical and digital resources are used effectively in supporting students' development, progression and attainment Learning Environment
  27. 27. LE2 Scholarship, Research and Professional Practice Criterion: The learning environment is enriched by student exposure to and involvement in provision as the forefront of scholarship, research and/or professional practice Learning Environment
  28. 28. LE3 Personalised Learning Criterion: Students' academic experiences are tailored to the individual, maximising rates on retention, attainment and progression Learning Environment
  29. 29. SO1 Employment and Further Study Criterion: Students achieve their education and professional goals, in particular progression to further study or highly skilled employment Student Outcomes and Learning Gain
  30. 30. SO2 Employability and Transferable Skills Criterion: Students acquire knowledge, skills & attributes that are valued by employers & that enhance their personal & professional lives Student Outcomes and Learning Gain
  31. 31. SO3 Positive Outcomes for All Criterion: Positive outcomes are achieved by its students from all backgrounds, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds or those who are at greater risk of not achieving positive outcomes Student Outcomes and Learning Gain
  32. 32. Sue Beckingham | @suebecks National Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University with a research interest in the use of social media in education. Blog: http://socialmediaforlearning.com/ LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/suebeckingham Image credit: Where not notes images used in this presentation are CC0 Creative Commons free for use https://pixabay.com/

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