Elizabeth Staddon (University of the Arts, London) and Petia Petrova (University of the West of England)
Winch (2015) offers a conceptual framework for designing courses for professionals that aims to account for the different elements of professional agency. The framework is intended to work as a generic tool that can be applied across all professional or vocational qualifications.
In this workshop, we will outline the elements of the framework and suggest a range of possible uses within our higher education contexts. We will then use it as a reflective tool to enable us to review the dimensions of our own professional roles as Heads of Educational Development.
Through this activity we hope to give fuller expression to our professional role, and to explore the extent to which there is consistency in the knowledge, know-how, competencies and personal characteristics that we are expected to employ. The activity will also provide an opportunity to test the effectiveness of the tool for capturing (or not) the elements of being professional leaders of educational development.
Please read the article prior to this session. The DOI link is: https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2014.1001335 and there is an open access version of the article on the Access King’s Research portal here.
Julia Horn (University of Oxford)
In 2012, Jennifer Jones and Gina Wisker wrote a report for HEDG giving an overview of the work of Educational Development Groups in the UK and mapping the territory they occupy in the HE landscape. https://hedg.ac.uk/ico/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/HEDGFinalReport2012.pdf
In this workshop we will review some of the key findings from 2012, and discuss whether we see significant shifts in our own institutions or nationally since then. This discussion will help us to do two things: firstly, to agree the scope of the discussion we would like to have with Dilly Fung on Friday morning; and secondly, to consider whether it is time to update the 2012 report.
Dilly Fung (London School of Economics) – by skype
A 20 minute talk over skype by Professor Dilly Fung (LSE) with Q&A after.
Dilly has agreed to give a 20 minute talk over skype about what she as a DVC / VP, Education expects from people in our role in order to give us insights in how to manage upwards more effectively. Given that Dilly has moved into this role from being a head of educational development, she is uniquely placed to identify the key points that we need to be aware of in terms of contributing strategically to our organisation’s education briefs. There will be the opportunity to ask any questions following Dilly’s talk.
Susannah Hume (King’s College London)
The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) is being set up by a consortium of King’s College London, Nottingham Trent University and the Behavioural Insights Team. Previously known as the Evidence and Impact Exchange (EIX), TASO will exist as an independent hub for higher education professionals to access leading research, toolkits, evaluation techniques and more to help widen participation and improve equality within the sector.
Susannah Hume from TASO will give an introduction and overview of the Centre and explore how TASO and HEDG might collaborate in the future.