Dual Professionalism - Roles and Responsibility

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Dual Professionalism - Roles and Responsibilities 1. Introduction The primary purpose of my current role and responsibilities is to support and maintain the University’s national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Contribution to teaching includes course development and innovation, lecturing, participation in Knowledge and Teaching Partnerships (KTPs), and supervising undergraduate and post-graduate students. I am making contributions to excellence in research, in my specialist area through publications and other mechanisms. I am also expected to participate in overall contribution of the school, where appropriate, and as directed by my manager. It is a fact that academics in HE nowadays are expected to be ‘dual professionals’: professionals in their subject disciplines and ‘professional educators’ Peel (2005). In the next section, I will critically look at my current experiences relating to two areas of my work - a) teaching and supporting student learning, and b) continuous professional development. These are two of the ‘areas of activity’ identified within the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) (2011). 2. Current Experiences A key aspect of my work relating to teaching and supporting student learning is concerned with development of two on-line postgraduate modules. I am currently converting the traditional classroom taught versions of the modules to on-line materials. I realised that there the challenges of online courses are complex and unique. The main challenges being that by its very nature, online courses amplifies the need for proper management strategies such as a strong syllabus, definitive module document and module guide; clear directions, well organised materials and timely feedback. In developing the materials I am exploring presentations that are based on effective communication styles. I reviewed

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