Professional development in higher education: Designing and evaluating an interactive teaching resource portal
Jen Curwood, University of Sydney ; Martin Tomitsch, Kate Thomson, Graham Hendry
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Volume 31, Number 5, ISSN 0814-673X Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Previous research on professional development identified that face-to-face consultation is an effective approach to support academics’ learning from their Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) results. However, this approach is labour and time-intensive and does not necessarily provide all academics with just-in-time support. In this article, we describe an alternative approach, which involves a mobile website that automatically provides academics with personalised recommendations for teaching resources and allows them to connect with each other. Ask Charlie was developed and evaluated by drawing on design-based research methods with the aim to understand how it can support professional development within higher education. A semester-long evaluation of the website led to recommendations for improving the effectiveness and value of personalised and interactive resources for academics. Our findings suggest that the website encourages academics to engage in a professional learning community offers access to a valuable teaching resource portal. The findings also indicate that it is crucial to consider time as well as timing, for instance by integrating the website with existing professional development strategies across universities
Curwood, J., Tomitsch, M., Thomson, K. & Hendry, G. (2015). Professional development in higher education: Designing and evaluating an interactive teaching resource portal. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 31(5),. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.