I had always been interested in teaching and learning theories and improving my teaching skills but like all academics was really busy with the entire gamut of academic work. I had completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education many years ago but had not taken that to the next stage of conducting innovative projects in teaching. I saw the ‘Expression of Interest’ call for HEA Fellowships advertised at my university and thought what a great way to reinvigorate my teaching.
I was allocated a mentor (an expert in teaching and learning theory) and had great discussions on issues I was facing in my teaching, particularly how things had changed over the recent years, and potential solutions. In response, I trialled many new technologies and instigated changes in assessment and feedback, these activities I reflected on and wrote about in my application. I sought out other experts in teaching pedagogy and started some really interesting teaching and learning projects; I met some great people that were really enthusiastic about teaching.
Completing my Senior Fellowship renewed my interest in all aspects of the scholarship of university teaching. Last year I presented my innovations at a Faculty teaching workshop, and this year I will present at a national conference, lead a mentoring workshop at an international meeting and submit a publication.
I am very excited about what I am now a part of and the role I can take to encourage others to start the same journey. Finding a team to work with via the HEA process was the key for me and something that all teachers in higher education can benefit from.
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