The principles still provide a useful starting point for reflection by staff at Swansea University, inspiring continual development in learning and teaching through the seminar and workshop programme, as well as a range of other CPD opportunities.
The button below links to a fuller account of Chickering and Gamson's work, along with some examples of how the principles can be implemented in teaching, learning and assessment.
Where to find out about events ...
SALT's Seven Characteristics of a Good University Teacher (7Cs for short) seminar & workshop programme is now in it's second year. Events are held once a month on Wednesdays, 13:00-14:00 at a range of locations at Swansea University. Details of registration for an event can be found on this page, as well as:-
- SALT's Website (Upcoming Events)
- Emails from SALT Leads to all staff in each School or College
- Swansea University daily staff communications bulletin (emailed to all staff)
- Swansea University Digi boards
- Swansea University Events Calendar (weekly email and SU website)
- SALT's Twitter account @susaltteam
The seminars and workshops aim to illustrate successful implementation of the principles, providing inspiration and support for academic staff wishing to further develop learning and teaching in their area. The success of the 2017/8 programme has prompted continuation and development into 2018/9. This year's programme will feature themes suggested in feedback from previous seminar and workshop attendees. For example:-
'how can we get our students to engage in feedback?'
(comment from March 2018)
All 7Cs seminars and workshops are aimed at a multi-disciplinary audience, so that shared experience can inspire and support pedagogical development.
2018/19 7Cs Events
This year's 7Cs programme begun with Prof. Richard Owen (HRC School of Law) explaining how 'Experiential Learning' has been applied within his own field, how this method meets several of the 7Cs and how it could be applied in other disciplines.
The second session arose from the discussion that followed last year's 'Audio Feedback' session, when attendees asked for more events featuring examples of tried and tested strategies that encourage students to engage in the feedback process. On Wednesday November 14th 1-2pm Dr Joanne Berry presented on 'Feedback Journals'.
The third 7Cs event was held at The Bay Campus, on Wednesday January 16th. 'Dynamism, conversation and challenge: Using active learning and assessment to engage passive learners' was led by Dr Patricia Xavier, from Swansea University's College of Engineering. This event was particularly helpful for those looking for ways to introduce active learning and improve student engagement in large groups.
On the 20th February, a session was held featuring Swansea University's Blended Learning Pilot. This session illustrated how a blended learning approach respects diverse talent and ways of learning. This session was led by Melanie Hainke and Eve Moriarty.
March 6th seminar at Singleton campus was led by Dr Nigel Francis, Swansea University School of Medicine, who shared his journey leading up to 'flipping a module', with an overview of noticeable results. Nigel believes 'flipping' has helped him become a better teacher, so his session was entitled 'Becoming a Better Teacher - A Flipped Approach'
This session was also delivered by Nigel as part of SALT's 'TEL CPD Week' at The Bay campus on May 15th. The Singleton campus session was filmed and is now available to watch via the SALT blog below or directly here through E-STREAM/SALT TV .