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Supporting and Enabling Scholarship: Developing and Sharing Expertise in Online Learning and Teaching

Barnes, Fiona; Cole, Sue and Nix, Ingrid (2018). Supporting and Enabling Scholarship: Developing and Sharing Expertise in Online Learning and Teaching. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 6(1) pp. 66–74.

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Abstract

In a highly competitive, rapidly changing higher education market, universities need to be able to generate pedagogical expertise quickly and ensure that it is applied to practice. Since teaching approaches are constantly evolving, partly responding to emerging learning technologies, there is a need to foster ways to keep abreast on an ongoing basis. This paper explores how a small-scale project, the Teaching Online Panel (TOP), used scholarship investigations and a bottom-up approach to enhance one particular aspect of academic practice – online learning and teaching. The experiences of TOP are useful for identifying:

- how a scholarship approach can help develop academic expertise

- its contribution to enhancing understanding of staff’s different roles in the University

- ways of developing the necessary supportive network for those undertaking such scholarship

- the effectiveness of staff development which is peer-led rather than imposed from above

- how practical examples can stimulate practice development

- the relevance of literature on communities of practice and landscapes of practice for scholarship

- the important role of ‘brokers’ to facilitate the dissemination of scholarship findings

- the benefits to the brokers’ own professional roles

- the challenges of sustaining such an approach and lessons learnt.

This study has relevance for those involved in supporting scholarship or delivering staff development in Higher Education.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
ISSN: 2051-9788
Keywords: supporting scholarship; communities of practice; landscape of practice; staff development; online learning and teaching; brokers; enabling scholarship
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Social Work
Item ID: 54990
Depositing User: Ingrid Nix
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 08:57
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 19:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/54990
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