The HEA has delivered the second module of its Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching for 50 staff at Nankai University, China.
The latest module focused on enhancing professional practice, highlighting innovative - high impact - pedagogies and a range of other themes including student engagement, curriculum design and transforming assessment.
A feature of this programme has been to introduce a new impact tracker for the course delegates. This means they can record where they have changed or adapted their teaching practice as a consequence of the certificate programme and can assess the impact of their new approach.
Kathy Wright, HEA Academic Head of International Programmes, who co-delivered the module at Nankai, said, “Colleagues at the University responded really positively to the module. Using a model depicting the relationship between context, capability and creativity, we encouraged the delegates to look at how they could better engage students by challenging familiar approaches to teaching with much more creative ones.
“This approach really unlocked their imaginations and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact now that they can use the tracker to audit changes in their teaching practice.”
Mr Du Yujin, Deputy Director, Faculty Development Centre, Nankai University, said, “This module has really inspired our staff to think about innovative practice and how the student academic experience can be improved by staff thinking creatively and finding new ways to engage students.
“We are very proud of our teaching standards at Nankai, but it’s very important and even healthy to challenge familiar norms so that we keep continuous improvement front of mind. This certificate programme is helping us to do just that we are very pleased with the results to date.”
The certificate programme is fully aligned to the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), an internationally recognised benchmark of teaching standards in higher education, and staff at Nankai University who successfully complete the programme will be well-placed to apply for HEA Fellowship. They will also be able to play an important role as ’early-adopters’ and advocates for continuous professional development in the University’s longer-term plans to build in-house capacity to sustain its excellent teaching offer through staff development opportunities aligned to the PSF.
Nankai University, in Tianjin, is a multidisciplinary and research-oriented university with more than over 33,000 students. The University is ranked 11th in China (Netbig Rankings) and in the top 150 worldwide (Times Higher Education).
The HEA works in more than 40 countries across the world supporting continuous professional development in learning and teaching, and working with institutions to solve shared challenges such as employability, retention and assessment and feedback.