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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 Act!

  • 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 Act!

  • 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 Act!

  • 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)) Act!

  • 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? Act!

  • 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 Act!

  • 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 Act!

  • 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? Act!

  • 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? Act!

  • 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 ? Act!

  • 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? Act!

  • 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? Act!

  • 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) Act!

  • Specific;

  • Measurable;

  • Achievable;

  • Recognisable;

  • Time constrained.


Five key principles
Five key principles Act!

  • 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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