The principles provide a useful starting point for reflection and development of learning and teaching methods, allowing for continual change and improvement in HOW teachers teach and learners learn (as well as how teachers learn, and how students teach themselves and each other).
2017 sees the return of the SALT Seminar / Workshop Programme, with this year's theme being the '7 Characteristics'.
The button to the SALT website below offers a fuller account, along with some examples of how the principles can be implemented in teaching, learning and assessment.
2017's seminars and workshops aim to illustrate successful implementation of the principles, which may interest and support academic staff who wish to further develop their approach.
The first seminar took place in November at the Bay campus, 'Lightboard in Engineering' (blog and video recording link below) and the second was at the Singleton campus on Wednesday February 14th, 'Closing the Gap' with Scenario-based learning (video recording available soon). The third, on Audio feedback will take place March 14th (details below). All seminars and workshops link their theme to the '7Cs' and are multi-disciplinary in application.
The use of 'TEL' (Technology Enhanced Learning) or 'enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology' (HEFC 2009, 2) is now relevant to all seven principles, which shows that while methods have advanced considerably since the time of Chickering and Gamson's work, the principles remain the same.
Whether 'traditional' or 'new' methods are used, meeting them is important in achieving the best possible outcomes for learners and higher education professionals alike.