One key aim of the National Forum’s work plan is the creation of a professional development framework for those who teach in Irish higher education. The National Guidance for the Professional Development of Staff who Teach in Higher Education sets out guidance to staff and to managers for the professional development (PD) of all those who teach in Irish higher education.
The approach to professional development articulated in this document brings coherence through synthesis to the range of accredited and non-accredited provision already in the sector. It attempts to describe the breadth of teaching, learning and scholarship activities in a modern higher education environment. Based on the consultation, it sets out the values, domains and learning phases that are considered to represent the essence of these activities overtime. It is intended as a guidance document for either staff responsible for developing professional development provision or staff considering their own professional development.
We would welcome your comments. Please comment on the document in relation to:
- To what extent do the 5 domains identified validly represent the expectations for the knowledge and expertise of those who teach in higher education?
Please consider the wording that could be used to describe the learning phases. Remember they are not hierarchal.
- Have you any suggestion for additions or changes to the current elements (statements)? Elaborate on why this is the case.
- What other questions could be included in each domain to guide and differentiate those in different learning phases as they reflect?
- Are there any resources that you are aware of, or currently using, which you would recommend for inclusion as resource relating to elements of the domains?
- Please review Appendix 3. Do you think this view of scholarship captures the breadth and diversity of scholarship in teaching and learning? Are there other ways to do this? Are there other examples that should be included?