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Self-development: professional development: the Balancing Act!. Professor Sally Brown Higher Education / Interim Manager Supporting the Supporters, Cheltenham 8 th June 2004. Current major initiatives.

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self development professional development the balancing act

Self-development: professional development: the Balancing Act!

Professor Sally Brown

Higher Education / Interim Manager

Supporting the Supporters, Cheltenham

8th June 2004

current major initiatives
Current major initiatives
  • The Higher Education Academy is concerned with the development of all who support the student experience;
  • Accreditation of teaching and learning support staff is moving up the national agenda;
  • Consultation on standards is under way.
the value of professional development
The value of professional development
  • Recognition of achievement;
  • Broadening of horizons;
  • Peer learning and support;
  • Promotion opportunities;
  • Enhancement of the student experience.
the value of personal development
The value of personal development
  • Maximisation of opportunities;
  • Personal growth;
  • Role enlargement;
  • Lifelong learning;
  • Greater job satisfaction.
some major english initiatives also in ni ish
Some major English initiatives (also in NI (ish))
  • The establishment from 2005 of 70+ Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs);
  • The expansion of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme to include learning support staff in 2004;
  • Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL) 5 funding available shortly.
what about scotland and wales
What about Scotland and Wales?
  • Scotland uses a Quality Enhancement approach;
  • Wales focuses more widely on education at all levels and is considering some more substantial HE enhancement initiatives;
  • All have indicated their support for the HE Academy.
potential impact on the learning and teaching environment
Potential impact on the learning and teaching environment
  • Mobility of staff (?Transfer market?);
  • Opportunities to make a huge difference to student learning;
  • Rebalancing teaching and research imperatives in HEIs (to some extent).
key future trends
Key future trends
  • Move towards evidence-based practice as a basis for pedagogic change;
  • More ‘joined-up thinking’ on teaching and learning initiatives;
  • Better learning from international experiences.
how do i know what development opportunities to take up
How do I know what development opportunities to take up?
  • Keep your eye on the HE press;
  • Watch out for Funding Council consultation papers;
  • Obtain your own HEIs key strategic plans;
  • Scrutinise departmental objectives;
  • Use your own performance reviews constructively.
where can i find useful learning resources
Where can I find useful learning resources?
  • Start with your Subject Centre and other areas of the HE Academy;
  • Explore the other organisations working in the teaching and learning field (SEDA, ALT, AUA, SRHE etc);
  • Check out your Professional and Subject Bodies.
what can i get from conferences and events
What can I get from conferences and events ?
  • Networking opportunities;
  • New ideas on how to conduct your own professional practice;
  • Different perspectives and alternative approaches;
  • Inspiration, energisation;
  • Fun!
how can i get the most out of development chances
How can I get the most out of development chances?
  • Take up training opportunities on offer;
  • Keep good records of what you do and what you get out of it;
  • Consider using a reflective journal;
  • Keep (and file systematically) evidence of your achievements;
how can i start contributing myself
How can I start contributing myself?
  • Offer posters at conferences;
  • Look or co-publishing and co-presenting experiences with ’old hands’;
  • Take up opportunities to induct, mentor and co-mentor new colleagues.
setting personal goals which are smart adapted
Setting personal goals which are SMART (adapted)
  • Specific;
  • Measurable;
  • Achievable;
  • Recognisable;
  • Time constrained.
five key principles
Five key principles
  • Grow your own job on;
  • Proactively seek out occasions for development;
  • Balance systematic planning with creative opportunism;
  • Find and use role models;
  • Make sure you continue to enjoy what you do.
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