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Teaching Profiles

teaching_profile‌UCD's online Teaching Profile allows you to create and maintain a concise, focused teaching portfolio. The profile is broken up into seven sections; two of these (Modules Coordinated and Student Feedback) will be automatically  populated from UCD’s curriculum management system. You complete the other five areas in the way that you feel best demonstrates your strengths and achievements in teaching, assessment and curriculum design.

New guidelines imbedded in each section will help you;  these guidelines questions are shown below:

 

1. Teaching Philosophy
This section focuses on the fundamental attitudes and values that underpin your approaches to teaching and learning and the key theoretical perspectives that inform your teaching.  Areas you could showcase here include:

  • What are your key philosophies/beliefs about teaching and student learning?
  • What theories of pedagogy inform your practice?


2. Modules Coordinated
This data will be automatically populated from the curriculum management system and will include modules for the last five years.

3. Student Feedback
A summary of module feedback data will be automatically populated from the University student feedback system from the academic year 2010-11. (Please note that schools who participated in the Student Feedback on Modules pilot may also have data for 2009-10).

4. Enhancement of Teaching
This section focuses on the quality of your teaching.  Areas you could showcase here include:

  • How does your understanding of student learning inform your teaching?
  • How do you teach to foster independence/active learning/critical thinking/reflection in your students?
  • How have you reflected on and responded to student feedback on your teaching?
  • How has other data on your modules such as grade distribution, retention/progression rates, extern examiners' comments informed your teaching approaches?
  • Has anyone observed your teaching?
  • What changes did you make to your teaching approaches as a result of this experience?

5. Review and Enhancement of Curriculum
This section focuses on how you design the structure of your modules and/or the wider curriculum to improve teaching and learning.  Areas you could showcase here include:

  • How do you design the structure of your module/s to maximise student learning (teaching approaches/timing and nature of assessment etc.)?
  • How do you use your learning outcomes to inform the structure of your module?
  • How have you designed your assessment and feedback  approaches to maximise the levels of learning that students reach in your modules?
  • What aspects of your module design are most effective in helping your students attain key attributes i.e. communication skills, problem solving, teamwork, professional skills etc.
  • How do you ensure that your module(s) link with other relevant subjects, programmes, professional practice, etc?
  • Describe any curriculum initiatives or broader programme developments in which you have had a role.

6. Developing as a Teacher
This section focuses on how you keep yourself informed about best practice in teaching and learning.  Areas you could showcase here include:

  • How have you improved your knowledge and skills as a university teacher?
  • How do you stay up-to-date in proven best practice in teaching approaches/curriculum design in your discipline?
  • Have you attended any courses/workshops/events related to teaching and student learning?
  • Have you contributed to the support and/or training of academic colleagues in the areas of teaching & learning?

7. Innovation and Leadership
This section focuses on any leadership role in teaching & learning that you may have taken on. It also includes any recognitions and distinctions you may have achieved in teaching and learning. Areas you could showcase here include:

  • How have you shared your knowledge and skills as a university teacher with your colleagues?
  • What contributions have you made to overall teaching & learning improvements in your school, college or at professional level? 
  • Have you taken on a leadership role in teaching & learning in your school/college?     
  • Have you researched or published on any aspect of your teaching? 
  • Any institutional, national or international awards or recognitions should be included here.


 

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