A new approach to professional learning for academics teaching in next generation learning spaces

Barbara De La Harpe, T Mason

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Abstract

New professional learning is characterised by a ‘pull’ rather than a ‘push’ philosophy. Academic staff themselves drive their own learning, choosing what, when and how they want to learn to become better teachers. Multiple and various learning opportunities embedded in day to day work are just-in-time, self-directed, performance-driven and evaluated within an organisational system. In this way the institutional setting influences behaviour by ‘nudging’ habits and setting defaults resulting in academics making the ‘right’ decisions and doing the ‘right’ thing. By addressing the compelling issue of how to enhance academic staff teaching capability, this chapter can help university leaders to think beyond the professional development approaches of yesterday. Aligning with this new direction will result in enhanced learning and teaching in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-239
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Perspectives on Higher Education Research
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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