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Structured professional development for academic developers: A collaborative approach

Author Fiona O'Riordan, Mary Fitzpatrick, Ide O'Sullivan, Angelica Risquez, Claire McAvinia, Margaret Keane
Abstract The aim of this paper is to share the experience, and lessons learned, of a group of academic developers' engagement in collaboratively working towards achievement of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (National Forum) PACT (Commitment to PD) digital badge. This group of six are members of the EDIN Committee and were keen to complete the badge as a demonstration of their commitment to professional development. Their impetus was two-fold: (i) as academic developers it was viewed as important to lead by example in terms of PD; and (ii) they wanted to experience the process and practice of taking the PACT badge with a view to facilitating the badge for the wider EDIN community of educational/academic developers as well as academics within their own institution. This practice paper will outline their experience of taking the badge, in addition to exploring the motivations, outcomes, and implications of working collaboratively, towards a shared objective, in this manner.
Keywords Professional development; collaborative work; academic developers; PACT; Professional Development Framework
Published In ICEP Proceedings
Year 2018
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