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Title: Having your cake and eating it too: The rhetoric and reality of redesigning staff professional development
Contributor(s): Thorneycroft, Sarah (author); Landrigan, Brian (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Despite significant change in higher education, the structure of professional development for academic staff has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of workshops and other forms of face-to-face development. While this is the accepted and often demanded mode of delivery, workshop-based programs are resource-heavy and often unsustainable. Until 2012, the central support unit at the University of New England had been offering a traditional program based on workshops. While the program attracted positive reviews, it was becoming increasingly apparent that there were significant issues in the structure that could no longer be ignored. An alternative, innovative solution was sought, which would allow far more flexibility and scalability while improving the experience and outcomes of professional development. This paper outlines the design of a new program according to the above rhetoric, and then examines the reality of analytics and participant experience data to draw conclusions about the success and viability of such a redesign.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ASCILITE 2014: 31st Annual Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education International Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, 23rd - 26th November, 2014
Source of Publication: Rhetoric and Reality: Critical perspectives on educational technology. Proceedings of ascilite Dunedin 2014, p. 756-760
Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
Place of Publication: Dunedin, New Zealand
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390305 Professional education and training
399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
160303 Teacher and instructor development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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