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Wednesday, June 17 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
POSTER.24 - Institutional teaching cultures: Tuning our attention to process metrics in an era of assessment and accountability

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There are increasing demands to find metrics that account for the quality of student learning and teaching (Chalmers, 2008), yet many of the currently available metrics focus on inputs and outputs. To create a more harmonious and holistic view of the quality of teaching and learning, we advocate for also identifying process and outcome metrics that can demonstrate the value, importance, and enhancement of the quality of teaching that our institutions provide. An institutional culture that values teaching quality is likely to improve student learning (Cox, McIntosh, Reason, & Terenzini, 2011). By including process metrics, we can document institutional teaching cultures and provide useful benchmarks for institutions in their ongoing enhancement of teaching and learning. Continuing from preliminary work presented lasted year (Wolf et al, 2014) and based on results from our pilot study at three Ontario institutions, we have refined the Teaching Culture Perception Survey (TCPS). This survey aims to assess educators’ current perceptions of their institutional teaching culture, as well as their perceptions of the importance of various components that comprise a teaching culture. For this interactive poster, we will update participants on our expanding project that now involves over 10 institutions from Ontario and Quebec working collaboratively to tune and test the TCPS. Participants will have an opportunity to share their insights and provide feedback on the revised TCPS, by discussing our current process and outcome indicators and identifying additional ones to consider. 

Chalmers, D., (2008). Indicators of University Teaching and Learning Quality, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Australia. 

Cox, B. E., McIntosh, K. L., Reason, R. D., & Terenzini, P. T. (2011). A culture of teaching: Policy, perception, and practice in higher education. Research in Higher Education, 52(8), 808-829.

Hénard, F., & Roseveare, D. (2012). Fostering Quality Teaching in Higher Education: Policies and Practices: An IMHE Guide for Higher Education Institutions, Institutional Management in Higher Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development www.oecd.org/edu/imhe.

Wolf, P., Ellis, D., Grose, J., Goff, L., Dawson, D., Meadows, K., Doci, F., & Borin, P. (2014). Documenting and transforming institutional teaching cultures. Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, June 17-20, 2014: Kingston ON.

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Erika Kustra

Director, University of Windsor
Erika Kustra became an educational developer in 1999, beginning to facilitate sessions earlier during her graduate and postdoctoral work in physiological psychology. She has been EDC Chair, EDC Secretary, STLHE Newsletter Editor, and participated in EDC Action Groups. In the last... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
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