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Reeping, David – International Journal for Academic Development, 2020
The framework of threshold concepts has been used across several disciplines in higher education. Although the literature surrounding the identification of threshold concepts and their nature has flourished, their conceptualization has seemingly diverged across disciplinary lines, which should be recognized by educational developers who work with…
Descriptors: Fundamental Concepts, College Curriculum, Engineering, Writing (Composition)
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Boman, Jennifer; Yeo, Michelle – International Journal for Academic Development, 2020
Research in academic development more often articulates stories of success than of failure in our practice. Using a self-study methodology involving written reflections and analysis of recorded conversations, this article explores how two mid-career developers define and learn from feelings of failure in the context of group facilitation. Through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Development, Failure, Facilitators (Individuals)
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McNaught, Carmel – International Journal for Academic Development, 2020
This paper is a narrative across 28 years in academic development. Four phases are described, showing how initially naïve conceptions about academic development have been addressed, enabling a growth towards a more holistic understanding of how diversity, quality assurance, and community networks can productively interface. This narrative will,…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Higher Education, Failure, Quality Assurance
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Timmermans, Julie A.; Sutherland, Kathryn A. – International Journal for Academic Development, 2020
Informed by Constructive Developmental Theory and the Threshold Concepts Framework, we interviewed retired academic developers from four continents and asked them to describe their processes of learning from perceived failures and how they see the role of academic developers in supporting academics through failures. Findings regarding…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Failure, Role, School Personnel
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Jungic, Veselin; Creelman, David; Bigelow, Ann; Côté, Etienne; Harris, Sara; Joordens, Steve; Ostafichuk, Peter; Riddell, Jessica; Toulouse, Pamela; Yoon, Jin-Sun – International Journal for Academic Development, 2020
In this article, 10 award-winning post-secondary instructors use narrative inquiry to explore failure individually by reflecting on their own definition and framework of failure, by giving examples of their experience with failure, and by elaborating how they deal with and learn from failure. The outcome of this collective exploration is an…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Personal Narratives, Reflection, Failure
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Thorley, Mark – International Journal for Academic Development, 2020
Universities are facing challenges not seen before. Academic development is expected to address many of these challenges, creating conditions supportive of teaching and learning. However, increasing managerialism, measurement, and risk-aversion make this difficult as the emphasis shifts from supporting individuals towards delivering institutional…
Descriptors: Failure, Educational Development, Creativity, Higher Education
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Kolomitro, Klodiana; Kenny, Natasha; Sheffield, Suzanne Le-May – International Journal for Academic Development, 2020
There is a gap in research exploring stress, burnout, and well-being within the context of educational development. The purpose of this study was to examine the concepts of burnout and workplace well-being among educational developers across the international landscape. Thematic analysis from the survey responses (n = 210) revealed characteristics…
Descriptors: Burnout, Well Being, Higher Education, Educational Development
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Kanuka, Heather; Smith, Erika E. – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
The purpose of this research was to gain a broader understanding of what department heads and doctoral students believe to be the value of credentialed teaching certificates. Using a survey methodology with participants (N= 450), the study focused on the extent to which a credentialed teaching certificate provides a competitive advantage when…
Descriptors: Department Heads, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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O'Keeffe, Muireann – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
Social networking sites provide opportunities for informal and social learning of academic practices in higher education, yet not all academics engage in these spaces. This qualitative study suggests that while Twitter offers informal opportunities for academic development, inhibiting factors prevent staff from establishing their social presence…
Descriptors: Social Media, Informal Education, Higher Education, Faculty Development
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Wijaya Mulya, Teguh – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
Student-faculty partnership has been researched by contemporary academic developers, particularly its outcomes and challenges. However, theoretical discussions linking it with larger social-educational-political discourses are still lacking. This reflection aims to help fill the gap by analysing how student-faculty partnership might contest the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Resistance to Change, Neoliberalism, Higher Education
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Slade, Christine; Rowland, Susan; McGrath, Dominic – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
Contract cheating presents an existential threat to university assessment integrity and, therefore, to the reputations of universities and their graduates. We report on two workshops, with academic development participants who collaboratively addressed assessment identity verification through problem identification and solution creation. As…
Descriptors: Cheating, Ethics, Student Behavior, College Students
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Poole, Gary; Iqbal, Isabeau; Verwoord, Roselynn – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
Current research indicates that instructors find support for their teaching via membership in small social networks. The present study was conducted to further our understanding of these networks by looking specifically at the perceptions network members hold of each other in terms of similarity of beliefs and the value of their interactions.…
Descriptors: Teachers, Social Networks, Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes
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van der Rijst, Roeland; Baggen, Yvette; Sjoer, Ellen – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
Curriculum development initiatives, especially those involving educational technologies, provide a rich learning space for university teachers. In-depth interviews with teaching staff (n = 11) were qualitatively analysed to gain insight into the variety of individual learning paths and to identify potential relationships between learning paths,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology
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Pilkington, Ruth – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
In 2015, over 40% of UK higher education (HE) institutions employed oral assessment when assessing and awarding fellowship on HE Academy-accredited schemes using the UK Professional Standards Framework. This article develops research on assessed 'professional dialogues' for this purpose. Data collected at four UK institutions, in which 12 assessed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Fellowships, Standards
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Matthews, Kelly E.; Mercer-Mapstone, Lucy; Dvorakova, Sam Lucie; Acai, Anita; Cook-Sather, Alison; Felten, Peter; Healey, Mick; Healey, Ruth L.; Marquis, Elizabeth – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
A growing body of literature on students as partners in learning and teaching offers evidence on which academic developers can draw when supporting, advocating for, or engaging in partnerships. We extend a previous systematic review of the partnership literature by presenting an analysis and discussion of the positive and negative outcomes of…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Learner Engagement, Partnerships in Education, Academic Achievement
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