The Higher Education Academy has launched a new Teaching Excellence Programme for the 2016/17 academic year, which is now open for applications.
The open TEP is orientated and structured around the HEA’s framework for Enhancing Student Success, exploring key components for achieving success including curriculum, teaching quality, learning communities, and the learning environment and introducing four underpinning principles of collaboration, flexibility, inclusivity, and interconnectivity. The programme is also aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), for those interested in working towards any level of HEA Fellowship participation in the programme can be used as evidence in their application.
Building on experiences gained during bespoke in-house programmes, the open Teaching Excellence Programme (TEP) offers the opportunity to examine the main elements of student success in detail. Participants will be able to consider the process for achieving change within their own institution alongside others from across the sector.
Caroline Ackroyd, HEA Academic Lead for Staff Development, said:
“We have run a number of highly successful Teaching Excellence Programmes over recent years, which have been bespoke to the institution for which they were designed and with one central theme; supporting, developing and inspiring excellence in teaching, to help participants transform student outcomes. The newly developed programme opens opportunities to those from institutions who may not be able to run an in-house programme and focuses on key elements which we know contribute to overall student success.“
The first masterclass will focus upon the overarching theme of enhancing student success. It will draw on the current context for examining this topic in more detail, including the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Future masterclasses will focus on three core themes in more detail – ‘assessment and feedback’, ‘access, retention, progression and attainment’, and ‘employability’. These themes will be used as a lens through which to explore and enhance student outcomes.
Split into four day long sessions, participants will work with the HEA Academic Leads for Student Success, Assessment and Feedback, Retention and Employability. Throughout the process action learning sets will be used, facilitated by thematic leads and the HEA’s Academic Lead for Staff Development, to support peer learning and sharing of practice.
“This programme is of particular value to course directors, programme and module leaders and lecturers. Each of the four sessions balances masterclasses with action learning sets to bring theory, knowledge from the sector and practical ideas together so that everyone will leave with a strategy for implementing change in their institution.”