L&T: Assisting individual success.
Learning and teaching is about securing effective pedagogic processes ensuring students gain the most from their experience whilst in academia. In assessing success are we focusing on what is best for the student, or what is politically correct, or somewhere in-between. As academics how do we ensure that students gain the most from this most important developmental phase of their personal journey. How do we ensure that the relevant techniques are efficacious in developing fundamental key skills and are not simply being adopted as they are ‘on trend’!
Digital literacy, as an example, is a valuable skill set assisting the access, processing and communication of knowledge that is, by its very nature, of a global dimension. However ensuring that technology is not portrayed as an essential crutch that can be used by those seeking quick solutions in a society that wants everything yesterday is crucial. No tools should be promoted ahead of the necessary cognitive and emotive skills needed for personal development. Industry espouse the merits of potential recruits that are technology savvy, but there is also increasing focus on the underlying cognitive skills necessary for innovation and creativity.
In many ways we need to develop bespoke solutions for a individual students in a mass production educational environment. Closing that circle is very difficult, if not impossible. But it shouldn’t stop us from trying. Fundamental to this is the self-assessment, by academics, as to whether we are doing a good job or not. Or, more importantly, how do we self-assess academic quality.
Tools are just tools, whether they are technology driven or not. Like any crafts-person the effective use of any tool is dependent on the skill of that person which in turn is founded on a basic desire and passion to learn. In academia the desire and the thirst for quality knowledge and quality solutions is key in the developmental process. Stimulating that, and the requisite enthusiasm, is priority in any academic assessment.
Pecha Kucha session challenging the raison d’etre for academia.
The importance of self-assessing academic quality.
Quality, Learning, Teaching