The principles provide a useful starting point for reflection by staff at Swansea University, inspiring continual professional development in learning and teaching through the seminars, workshops and resources generated by them. 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 its third year. Details of registration for face to face events 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. However, we now have a rich bank of resources built up from events held over the past two years, which we feel can help meet a demand for more flexible, sustainable CPD resources that staff tell us they would like the freedom to to engage with, in addition to face to face events.
CPD Resources from your office or mobile device
Most 7Cs events were/are accompanied by a video recording, blog or both, which can be accessed through easy to navigate buttons within this page. This page therefore aims to currently provide you with access to two years' worth of programme resources that you can engage with asynchronously. All 7Cs seminars and workshops are aimed at a multi-disciplinary audience, so that shared experience can inspire and support pedagogical development.
2018's 7Cs programme launched in October with Prof. Richard Owen (HRC School of Law) explaining how he applied 'Experiential Learning' within his own field, how this approach meets several of the 7Cs and how it could be applied in other disciplines.
November's 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 with the feedback process. Dr Joanne Berry presented on 'Feedback Journals'.
January's event was held at The Bay Campus, 'Dynamism, conversation and challenge: Using active learning and assessment to engage passive learners' and 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.
In February, a session was held featuring Swansea University's Blended Learning Pilot. This workshop demonstrated how a blended learning approach respects diverse talent and ways of learning. This session was led by Melanie Hainke and Eve Moriarty.
March's 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 in May. 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 .