The Australian National University has the welcome news that they’re signing up with the UK’s Higher Education Academy to improve the quality of teaching (as opposed to research):
The Australian National University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK-based Higher Education Academy (HEA) today.
It is the first university in Australia to take the step towards an internationally recognised system of teaching standards.
The agreement will ensure that ANU staff receive the training they need and the recognition they deserve.
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The system works on a series of graded fellowships, which staff members can attain by presenting a portfolio of teaching achievements.
The achievements are rated against a framework set out by HEA called the Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.
The Director of the ANU Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching, Glen O’Grady, has said that he believes that this system will acknowledge the ways that staff members approach teaching development outside of formally titled courses like graduate diplomas.