Teaching Excellence Programme
Supporting, developing and inspiring excellence in teaching
The Higher Education Academy’s Teaching Excellence Programme (TEP) is designed to support, develop and inspire excellence in an ever-changing teaching environment, transforming the lives of students in the process. Consisting of four one-day sessions, it is aimed at people in learning and teaching roles including those with management and leadership responsibilities.
- The opportunity to examine factors contributing to improved student outcomes including teaching quality, curriculum, learning environment and learning communities
- Develop a repertoire of current approaches to learning and teaching which you can share with other individuals and/or at institutional level
- Enhance your continuing professional development
- Become part of a national community of teaching practice providing innovative tips and on-going support
- The opportunity for staff to share the knowledge and expertise gained through attending with others at your institution, spreading good practice and methods within faculties
- Support staff to grow as leaders in their institutions
- Investment in the continuing professional development of your staff
- The course can, on request, also be run as an in-house training session at your institution
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The Teaching Excellence Programme is orientated and structured around the Higher Education Academy’s framework for Enhancing Student Success, which explores key components for achieving success including teaching quality, curriculum, learning communities and learning environment. Enhancing Student Success is one of six bespoke frameworks developed by the HEA looking at key issues for learning and teaching in higher education, each one
(a) created in response to and in collaboration with the sector, and
(b) intended as a reference point for institutions or individuals to review and enhance their policies and practice.
The programme is aimed at people in learning and teaching roles including those with management and leadership responsibilities. If you have a proven track record in higher education teaching and you’re seeking recognition for your professional development (and to progress into a senior or leadership position, HEA Fellowship or Senior Fellowship) then the Teaching Excellence Programme could add great value in terms of providing evidence of your teaching experience.
In addition, the Teaching Excellence Programme is also aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for those interested in working towards HEA Fellowship, participation can be used as evidence in your application.
"We have run a number of highly successful Teaching Excellence Programmes over recent years which have been bespoke to the institution they were designed for. All had one central theme – supporting, developing and inspiring excellence in teaching, to help participants transform student outcomes. The newly developed Teaching Excellence 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."
Caroline Ackroyd, Academic Lead for Staff Development, Higher Education Academy
The Teaching Excellence Programme is made up of four one-day sessions; each session features a morning masterclass dedicated in turn to four key topics –
Session One - The Teaching Excellence Framework
The morning session will be led by Dr Pauline Hanesworth (Academic Lead, Equality and Diversty / Teaching Excellence Framework)
Session Two - Assessment and Feedback
The morning session will be led Dr Sam Elkington (Academic Lead, Assessment and Feedback & Flexible Learning)
"Assessment plays a vital role in higher education, it is essential for measuring the extent of student learning and is the primary means by which we assure and express academic standards. Assessment should be designed in ways that promote student learning development. The Higher Education Academy believes that paying particular attention to the methods of assessment and feedback and the use of self-assessment and peer-assessment is fundamental to student learning at any level of HE."
This interactive masterclass will encourage participants to think differently about their own assessment and feedback practices, guided by the HEA’s framework for Transforming Assessment and drawing on practice innovations from across the disciplines.
Assessment and Feedback for student success provides an interactive session that will allow participants to:
- explore contemporary issues and perspectives of assessment and feedback;
- review different assessment models, types and approaches available;
- consider how using a diverse range of assessment methods can improve validity, authenticity and inclusivity of assessment and feedback at programme-level.
Session Three - Retention and Attainment
The morning session will be led by Hugh Mannerings (Academic Lead, Retention and Attainment & Student Engagement)
"Student retention matters - not just for students but also for the success of our local and national communities. The practice of retention helps promote personal achievement and economic security, national competitiveness in a global economy and fair opportunities and equitable outcomes for disadvantaged student groups."
This workshop will explore pedagogies of learning and teaching that support student retention. Retention and Attainment for student success provides an interactive session that will allow participants to:
- examine the role of the curriculum in supporting student retention;
- explore practical and evidence based approaches to supporting student retention and how these can be adapted in different disciplinary settings;
- gain insight into how teaching and learning activities fit within a ‘whole university’ strategic approach to managing patterns of student withdrawal;
- familiarise themselves with HEA tools and resources that support retention, and examine how these can be used and adapted for a range of purposes.
Session Four - Employability
The morning session will be led by Stuart Norton (Academic Lead, Employability)
"Employability is a complex notion, often ill-defined or not defined at all. So what is it we are all working towards? With the context of TEF and the Government White paper providing a new landscape it is clear that now, more than ever, employability matters - but what is it and are we getting it right?"
In this session the HEA Embedding Employability Framework will be considered to enhance confidence in focussing and developing the right things. The importance of a consistent, yet flexible, approach will be discussed to enable engagement with all stakeholders internally and externally and thus impacting positively on all students.
Employability for student success provides an interactive session that will allow participants to:
- discuss the current context of employability;
- review the background to the evidence base;
- explore the Embedding Employability in Higher Education Framework;
- consider adding aspects of the Framework to their practice;
- explore practical ideas and examples of how to embed employability within the curriculum - ultimately to enhance student employability;
- explore how effective implementation of the Framework can impact positively on student success.
In the afternoon participants will take part in action learning workshops aimed at supporting peer learning and sharing good practice. The afternoon workshops will be facilitated by Caroline Ackroyd (Academic Lead, Staff Development) alongside the thematic lead who has delivered the morning session.
York Science Park,
|Session 1: Enhancing student success in the current climate||7 September 2017|
|Session 2: Assessment and feedback||12 October 2017|
|Session 3: Retention and attainment||9 November 2017|
|Session 4: Employability||13 December 2017|