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EDU8702 Scholarship in Higher Education: Reflection and Evaluation

Semester 1, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Peter McIlveen
Moderator: Margaret Baguley


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.


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.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. analyse their own practice; (Scholarship of Teaching)
  2. demonstrate capacities to engage in a process of evaluation and self-reflection; (Scholarship of Teaching)
  3. evaluate and respond to emerging practices affecting higher education teachers, especially those in their own specialist teaching areas; (Scholarship of Teaching, Symposium Presentation)
  4. provide examples that demonstrate the relationship between 'professional learning communities' and improved teaching; (Scholarship of Teaching, Symposium Presentation);
  5. demonstrate competence in scholarly writing. (Symposium Presentation)


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

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  • There is no prescribed text for this course.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

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 Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

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

  2. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.