EDU8702 Scholarship in Higher Education: Reflection and Evaluation

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
EDU 8702 1, 2010 WEB Scholarship in Higher Education: Reflection and Evaluation 1 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOEDU
Academic org: FOE002
Student contribution band: National Priority Teaching
ASCED code: 070111


Contents



STAFFING

Examiner: Kaye Cleary
Moderator: Mark Dawson



RATIONALE

Improved teaching effectiveness is fostered by the teacher's commitment to regular constructive self-evaluation of all aspects of their teaching. The capacity for critical self-reflection and the willingness to act and modify learning and teaching strategies in response to this, are the hallmarks of effective teachers. Participation in a guided 'evaluation of teaching process' is an enabling tool that allows higher education teachers to engage in continual improvement. In recognition of the increasingly complex nature of higher education teaching in the knowledge society and the importance of 'communities of learners', this course is delivered online and allows higher education teachers to collectively build capacity through participation in focused discussions. Recognition of recent and current professional practice and development activities that enhance the work of educators in higher education is an integral part of this course.




SYNOPSIS

Higher education educators will be introduced to the key capacity-building processes of constructive self-evaluation and self-reflection. This course requires students to evaluate the success or otherwise of the 'teaching capacity enhancement plan'. An action learning process will also be used to allow participating higher education educators to identify and develop key features to be incorporated into an ongoing cycle for improvement. This course seeks to recognise appropriate professional development activities or other relevant activities that can be demonstrated as contributing to the development of teaching capacities in higher education educators.




OBJECTIVES

On completion of this course students will be able to:

1.
analyse their own practice; (Portfolio; Planning for Continuous Improvement)
2.
demonstrate capacities to engage in a process of evaluation and self-reflection; (Portfolio; Planning for Continuous Improvement)
3.
evaluate and respond to emerging practices affecting higher education teachers, especially those in their own specialist teaching areas; (Portfolio; Planning for Continuous Improvement)
4.
provide examples that demonstrate the relationship between 'professional learning communities' and improved teaching; (Portfolio; Planning for Continuous Improvement);
5.
develop a plan for continuous improvement (Planning for Continuous Improvement);
6.
develop and justify a portfolio of evidence that verifies successful completion of 30 hours of approved professional development activities (Portfolio).
7.
demonstrate competence in scholarly writing.
8.
demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar and bibliographic referencing.



TOPICS


Description Weighting (%)
1. Portfolio
40.00
2. Learning communities and capacity building
20.00
3. Action research to improve learning and teaching
20.00
4. Planning for continuous improvement
20.00


TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at http://bookshop.usq.edu.au click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).




REFERENCE MATERIALS

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.


(Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information http://www.usq.edu.au/library/ . The gateway to education resources is here... http://www.usq.edu.au/library/faculties/education/default.htm)




STUDENT WORKLOAD REQUIREMENTS

ACTIVITY HOURS
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 110.00



ASSESSMENT DETAILS

Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING 50 50 17 Apr 2010
SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATION 50 50 25 Jun 2010


IMPORTANT ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL http://www.usq.edu.au/corporateservices/calendar/part5.htm or in the current USQ Handbook.

ASSESSMENT NOTES

1. NB: Successful completion of this course requires experience in educational setting/s.

This version produced 17 May 2011.