Teaching excellence is at the centre of national and international higher education policy. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a part of the debate to develop a shared understanding of what constitutes teaching excellence and has published research including Considering Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: 2007-2013 by Dr Vicky Gunn and Dr Anna Fisk, which provided a much-needed and wide-ranging review of literature.
Teaching excellence initiatives: modalities and operational factors by Professor Ray Land, Durham University, and George Gordon, University of Strathclyde, which is published today (30 April 2015), was produced as a stimulus paper for a roundtable event on the theme of teaching excellence organised by the HEA and hosted by HEFCE. It usefully surveys and analyses the nature and current direction of initiatives and strategies for fostering, recognising and rewarding excellent practice in teaching and learning in higher education worldwide.
Commentaries by Professor Rosemary Deem, Vice Principal (Education) and Professor of Higher Education, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, and Professor Amy BM Tsui, Chair Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, were also produced for the event. You can read the reports here.