Dr Gordon JOUGHIN is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Head of Higher Education Research and Scholarship at the Teaching and Educational Development Institute, The University of Queensland. He has over twenty years experience in designing and implementing faculty development courses in Australian universities and at the Hong Kong Institute of Education where he worked from 2003 to 2007. He is a former President of the Hong Kong Branch of the Higher Education Research and Development Association of Australasia.His research and publications focus on the influence of assessment on student learning and include two books arising from the Hong Kong Learning-oriented Assessment Project, namely 'How Assessment Supports Learning’ (with David Carless, Ngar-Fun Liu and Associates, Hong Kong University Press, 2006) and 'Assessment, Learning and Judgement in Higher Education' (G. Joughin, editor, Springer, 2009). He has a particular interest in oral forms of assessment.
In this interactive lecture we will be exploring teaching and learning courses for new faculty at two levels. Firstly, we will consider the elements of a ‘successful’ course, including course design, implementation and evaluation and noting, wherever possible, empirical work on how academics learn to teach, or to teach better. The effectiveness of teaching and learning courses depends as much on the university environment as on the course itself so we will also be considering aspects of a university system that need attention if such courses are to be successful or improved, including policy, resources, and processes for recognising and rewarding good teaching. Along the way we will be identifying key questions to ask as we seek to improve such courses.