Welcome to the Academic Development & Student Learning blog

This blog comes to you from the department of Academic Development & Student Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University. We lead on professional development, digital learning development, and professional recognition for all staff who teach. We’ll be updating on issues in learning and teaching, national news and trends, key achievements for the team, and other things …

Senior Fellow professional recognition: enhancing reflection, confidence and pride

By Dr Constantinos Choromides, Senior Lecturer, Institute for University to Business Education and Senior Fellow of the HEA. For me, 2020 has been quite a year. My journey towards Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) offered me a unique opportunity to demonstrate my leadership, influence and impact in Higher Education. Back in 2019, I gained a Fellowship (FHEA) and …

To bean count or not to bean count – or are we asking the wrong question?

By Dr Alison Nimmo, Head of Academic Development Have you noticed how metrics and analytics have entered the language of Higher Education over the last years? I’m just guessing that you might have.  And have you noticed how these are impacting on how we develop our institutional strategies for learning and teaching, how we evaluate our …

The Box of Delights

By Kay Guccione, Senior Lecturer in Academic Development and Blog Editor. A happy festive season to you all, and here below is your Christmas selection box. It's my hand-picked favourite guest posts from 2020. Uncertainty as a vital component of learning: making room for the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what - on Developing academic literacy, …

Engaging students with theory, by engaging them in practice

This is a guest post by Nikhil Sharma (AFHEA), a PhD researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Vision Sciences. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in universities must reflect the professional standards of teaching that are required to support and enhance learning among students. GTAs also demonstrate the acquired capabilities and necessary teaching skills …

Newbie enthusiasm and staff-student positionality, the contribution of a GTA

This is a guest post by Diletta Taris, who is a PhD researcher in the Department of Finance, Accounting and Risk at GCU Diletta (pointing) and her colleague Fatma present their research posters at a conference As someone who is relatively new to higher education teaching (I have been teaching for 2 years), I really enjoyed …