Released today, the National Forum has produced a concise infographic, capturing the work undertaken in 2017 to implement the national framework in Professional Development for all who teach in higher education. This signals the culmination of a productive year for the Forum on key professional development initiatives including completed pilot studies, ongoing digital badges, funded projects and seminars.
Through extensive consultation with the sector, the National Forum has created the first ever national Professional Development Framework (PDF). It is flexible, inclusive and can be interpreted and adapted for academic staff across all disciplines. The Framework is a key initiative, driven by the Forum, to let those who teach in higher education to take control of their own professional development on a sustained basis. The national PDF is essential for driving future improvement in, and continuing to raise the profile of Teaching and Learning across the Irish higher education sector.
Teaching is of fundamental importance for future generations, and we need to harness the very best evidence to enable our teachers to grow and develop. The PDF provides this, and further evidence-based insights will be published by the National Forum in early 2018.
About the national PDF…
- The PDF has been designed to drive and promote a culture of sustainable engagement for individuals to take ownership of their professional development.
- It provides teachers, those working in learning support, leaders, and the wider higher education sector with in-depth insights and guidance for the professional development of individuals, and gives direction to other stakeholders (e.g. institutions, higher education networks, educational/academic developers, policy-makers and student body representatives) for planning, developing and engaging in professional development activities.
- This is a values-based framework, underpinned by scholarship and inclusive of all those who teach in higher education, one that includes all types of professional development, and encourages those who teach to engage in a continuous cycle of evidence-based reflection on their practice over the lifelong learning process. The initial implementation showed the flexibility for institutions to interpret the framework for their own context.
- Through extensive consultation, participants’ needs have been carefully considered, and there is clear alignment of professional development processes, content and activities.