The University of South Wales (USW) is committed to developing our staff to the highest possible standard. It recognises that the highest calibre teaching staff lead to an increased quality of student experience. CELT, in its role as the academic staff development unit, provides support for staff who wish to deepen or extend their knowledge and understanding of Learning, Teaching and Assessment. CELT provides opportunities for staff to engage in CPD to enhance learning and teaching and the development of pedagogic thinking, and seeks to recognise and celebrate the emerging and innovative edge of practice.
CELT runs an extensive series of seminars and workshops around three main themes – the student experience plan, the scholarship of teaching, and the UKPSF framework for HEA accreditation. Seminars are intended to stimulate conversation and questions, and to demonstrate how to concepts or policies into practice. There are also writing retreats and workshops for preparing for various L&T related awards and accreditations (UKPSF, NTFS, ELTA, etc).
HEA Fellowship is an international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education and demonstrates that your practice is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). CELT facilitates the link between USW and the Higher Education Academy and manages the process for staff to apply for accreditation against the HEA UK Professional Standards Framework.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Developing Professional Practice, [PGCDPPHE] is a main plank in the University’s professional support for new teaching staff (and others with particular responsibility for the support of students and learners) and aims to provide these colleagues with knowledge, understanding and skills which will enable them to teach and support students with reasonable initial competence, while also establishing a basis from which they can develop greater proficiency and, ultimately, excellence in their practice as they gain additional experience.
CELT actively supports colleagues who are applying or thinking about applying to become National Teaching Fellows. We provide advice and guidance, feedback on applications and support with delivering projects where appropriate. A network for peer support and discussion for current, future and potential applicants is also being set up.
CELT actively supports teams/collaborative work who are applying or thinking about applying to the HEA’s CATE scheme. We provide advice and guidance, feedback on applications and support with delivering projects where appropriate. A network for peer support and discussion for current, future and potential applicants is also being set up.
The University of South Wales is keen to support disabled students, to remove barriers to learning, and enable all of our students to reach their full potential. CELT can advise and assist course leaders to find ways to enhance academic standards, improve retention, or remove barriers incidental to learning which prevent students from achieving a course’s learning outcomes.
Reflective practice is a way of improving the way you work by studying your own experiences. The act of reflection can allow the reflector to increase confidence and become more proactive.
Enhancing and developing the scholarship of teaching and learning is important to CELT. Staff fluency in the principles and practices of pedagogy that you are applying. Encouraging writing and the use of good granular data.
The immersive learning project aimed to develop and mainstream immersive learning for all new undergraduate students at the University. The University has a highly applied curriculum, and the development of an active approach to immersive learning gives the learner the opportunity to interact with fellow learners in teams – building identity and belonging – and it allows the ability to develop active learning strategies in a low risk environment.
Enhancing learning, teaching and assessment through the use of technology is woven throughout CELT’s work and is a key element in the Student Experience Plan. CELT supports faculties, departments and the University of South Wales group as a whole to make use of innovative approaches to the use of technology in learning, teaching and assessment, including mobile technology, which will enhance the learning experience.
The Educational Enhancement Grants are awarded annually to projects which aim to contribute innovatively to Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Student Experience at the USW group. They replace the old Innovation Grants.
The Personal Coaching scheme is being piloted across all faculties to improve student ownership, retention and progression. Working across all schools and faculties, the project research aims understand these issues from both a student and staff perspective.
The digital literacy project aims to examine both staff and student digital literacy/competency levels across the University of South Wales and produce a final project report recommending the relevant policy changes and guidelines to embed digital literacies into the curriculum in preparation for employment and developing a core set of graduate attributes across the University.