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Educational Teams: teaching in a different way. Heather Fry Centre for Educational Development Imperial College London Barcelona 2007. Main Areas. The course/teaching team: a particular type of educational team? Some questions about educational teams

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educational teams teaching in a different way

Educational Teams:teaching in a different way

Heather Fry

Centre for Educational Development

Imperial College London

Barcelona 2007

main areas
Main Areas
  • The course/teaching team: a particular type of educational team?
  • Some questions about educational teams
  • My personal experience as part of educational teams
  • Working with (and helping to create) educational teams
  • Some propositions for consideration before embarking on or promoting educational teams
  • Some arguments for and against educational teams
what is a teaching team
What is a teaching team?
  • A group of people engaged in curriculum design and/or teaching and supporting the learning of students taking a course or programme.
  • Course: a unit of teaching, a module. Part of a complete degree programme.
questions about educational teams
Questions About Educational Teams
  • How or why do they form?
  • What happens to role and status in a teaching team?
  • What happens to choice?
  • Efficient and Effective? From whose perspective?
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Questions About Educational Teams
  • Permanence or ‘of the moment’?
  • Do some teaching methods/forms of curriculum organisation ‘demand’ having a team?
  • Do regulatory requirements demand a team?
  • Who belongs to a course team? And how many teams can/should an individual belong to?
maximally what might be the composition of a teaching team
Maximally, what might be the compositionof a teaching team?
  • one or several academic teachers
  • an administrator
  • a learning technologist
  • a lab technician
  • a librarian
  • PhDs and Postdocs running seminars and labs
  • a student learning support officer
  • a person looking after pastoral care
  • an educational developer (or the e-learning specialist might combine these roles)
  • students
  • others?

Does it need an inner core group? How do you get ‘buy-in’ from all?

Can only divide tasks once there is an agreed plan for outcomes, teaching, assessment, evaluation: these aspects are interdependent

ced work with teams and groups
CED work with teams and groups
  • A one–off workshop designed for teaching teams: ‘Designing Courses and Curricula’
  • An ‘educational interest group’ facilitated by CED: ‘Topic Focussed Learning Sets’
propositions about educational teams for consideration
Propositions about educational teams for consideration
  • A team can focus on a different thing from a course
  • Need a clear purpose and rationale – shared goals
  • ‘Top down’ may not work; BUT often need a leader
  • Most needed in times of change or innovation
  • Vary in intensity and effectiveness over lifetime
  • For ‘buy-in’ need outcomes worthwhile to individuals
  • Can be more or less a requirement for some types of teaching/ curriculum organisation
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Propositions about educational teams for consideration
  • The main costs are financial – money and time
  • Their output will limit freedom for individual action
  • They help the whole to be greater than the parts
  • The composition of educational teams needs careful thought
  • ‘External’ factors may be among some of the main reasons for forming teams – but there main purpose/value should be pedagogic
arguments for and against course teams
Arguments for and against course teams?

AGAINST

  • Can take more time and difficult to get everyone together
  • People are not used to it
  • May have difficulty reaching consensus

IN FAVOUR

  • A democratic way of working
  • Shares problems, ideas and solutions
  • If formed by members’ choice they will have commitment
  • Provides a forum for discussion of teaching and may prepare the ground for decision-making
  • Can help with inducting newer staff members

Other points…?

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Heather Fry

Centre for Educational Development, Imperial College London

Barcelona 2007