Being scholarly about ones teaching is normal business for us all. The increasing expectation of academics is not only that they are on top of their subject but also on top of how to help students learn in their subject area. For some, the latter aspect will involve going beyond the familiar learning and teaching approaches in the discipline, to contribute actively to the scholarship of learning and teaching. This typically involves small scale investigations with colleagues in their own courses, trials and presentations of new approaches and their evaluation, gaining a deeper understanding of their own students’ learning.
For a much smaller number, it will involve a further step into becoming a researcher in the area of learning and teaching who undertakes research studies and publishes in higher education journals. It will start with an initial focus on the area of the scholarship of learning and teaching and move to what is involved in making the transition to being a researcher of learning and teaching. It will map the territory of the transition and what is involved in it.
It will address questions such as: How similar is research in higher education to that in one’s own discipline? How to get started in learning and teaching research? What is involved? What forms of support are available?
David Boud is Alfred Deakin Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Australia, Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and Professor of Work and Learning at Middlesex University.
He has previously held the positions of Head of School, Associate Dean and Dean of the University Graduate School at UTS and has been responsible for academic staff development at the University of New South Wales.
He has been a pioneer in developing learning-centred approaches to courses and assessment across the disciplines, particularly in student self-assessment, building assessment skills for long-term learning and new approaches to feedback.
He is one of the world’s most highly cited academics in the field of teaching and learning in higher education.
He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Linköping University, Sweden, is an Australian Learning and Teaching Senior Fellow (National Teaching Fellow) and is a former President of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.