Otago Polytechnic has made a commitment to quality teaching and learning. Consequently everyone has to hold a qualification in tertiary teaching. I’ve just done my Grad Cert Tertiary Learning and Teaching (Level 7) by assessment of prior learning. It is a reflection on 10 years of teaching software engineering, capstone projects, Simpa and Sustainability.
It starts with a core statement:
Everything I do is about inspiring students to take that leap of courage and creativity, commitment and craftsmanship.
It then goes on to present six principles:
Empowerment. a) The teacher and students both teach and are taught by each other…g) The students are actively engaged in meaningful experiences that the teacher facilitates
Evidence based teaching practice: Teaching as scholarly activity and critique own practice in relation to literature
Engaging: Borrowed from Senge’s learning organisation to provide experiences that foster aspirations; develop reflective conversations; and are based on understanding complexity
Embrace change: Borrowed from Agile Manifesto. An approach to teaching that values:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on
the left more.
Excitement: Working on areas that light us up. Projects should be fun, exciting and have a bit of magic.
Everything: Like the toilets at the Museum, everything is a learning opportunity.
And then examines the ongoing development of my teaching according to those principles.