Educational research seminar, 20 January 2016
Fostering the scholarship of teaching and learning through collaboration
Dr Jane MacKenzie, Head of Subject, Academic Development Unit, University of Glasgow
Little is known about the role of collaboration in terms of its impact on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). In this seminar will present the outcomes of two related pieces of research. The first is an evaluation of a Faculty Learning Community established to support the understanding of SoTL for a cohort of staff at a research-intensive university. Building on from this, the second study is an analysis of a deliberately engineered attempt to encourage and foster collaboration by pairing colleagues from the University of Glasgow with matched colleagues from the University of Wisconsin. I will bring the outcomes of both studies together along with the scholarly literature on collaboration in higher education. The seminar will conclude with some suggestions for how institutions can best foster a collaborative approach to the enhancement of learning and teaching and engagement in SoTL.
Jane MacKenzie is Head of Academic Practice at the University of Glasgow. As well as contributing to masters level provision for all new lecturers and teachers at the university, she works in collaboration with academics around campus to design new curricula, implement changes in assessment practices and encourage student retention initiatives. Her research focuses on the role of community and collaboration in staff and student engagement with learning and teaching and the definition, understanding, implementation, recognition and reward of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Want to read more on how academic staff can work together to improve teaching quality? Check out this case study and this interview on the international collaboration between QMUL and Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications in delivering the QMUL-BUPT Joint Programme.
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