Project Leader: Professor Nick Shaw (Associate Dean, Academic)

Project Manager: Tim Forrest (School Manager, School of Biomedical Sciences)

In the Strategic Plan this project is referred to as Ref #7: Faculty-wide approach to teaching

Project Background and Outcomes

Current situation

The nature of teaching is evolving. The Faculty is focused on achieving a reputation for: advanced curriculum design; excellence in the meshing of teaching and research endeavours; innovation and excellence in teaching; and a great place for teaching academics and clinicians to work.  A key part of achieving this is articulating a Faculty-wide approach to teaching: its purpose, intended outcomes, anchor philosophies, pedagogies and practices.

The UQ Student Strategy (specifically Goal 1/Initiative 1 – Work integrated learning and employability) is directly aligned with this project.  1) Under the Student Strategy, there is ~$300k available to the Faculty to assist with implementing initiatives that support employability.  2) The Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee are currently exploring specific strategy initiatives including: the development and support of teaching excellence awards.

Expected outcomes

  1. Develop and articulate a Faculty-wide approach to teaching and the delivery of excellent education [across different teaching categories –e.g. clinical settings; rural and remote teaching; lectures; tutorials; laboratory practicals; small group workshops];
  2. Identify suitable metrics to measure adherence to agreed standards and performance [Courses and teaching: SECaT; U-Teach; student feedback; student results];
  3. Communication of agreed approach and metrics across Faculty and with key external stakeholders; and
  4. Development of tools to assist in the personal development of teaching and educational approaches.