Leading global teacher development in higher education

John Unsworth, Kathy Wright, Catherine Hack

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Globally expanded participation and the massification of higher education is driving the enhancement of teaching quality. Governments and universities are looking to develop academic staff to deliver teaching in new and interactive ways, which meet the expectations of the millennial generation. In addition to developing international and transnational partnerships, many universities are examining programmes, which enable their staff to transform their own practice and lead the transformation of teaching and learning in teams and departments. This chapter explores teacher development through short workshop activities and larger scale certificate courses. Participants on these programmes were chosen by their organisations with an expectation that they will share and lead the development of teaching following the course. The chapter explores both a government initiated intervention and a whole institution intervention and compares both approaches. Irrespective of the approach, used organisations appear to be fostering the development of teaching and learning cultural change through distributive leadership. There is evidence of change both from participants as well as dissemination and supported change in other academic colleagues via both types of intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDelivering Educational Change in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationA Transformative Approach for Leaders and Practitioners
EditorsJackie Potter, Cristina Devecchi
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429623028
ISBN (Print)9780367147839, 9780367147846
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2020


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