Providing continuous learning and professional development through a toolkit design

Suzy Houston*, Colin Milligan, Alison Nimmo, Alastair Robertson

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We devised a Continuous Professional Learning and Development (CPLD) initiative for all academic staff in our university, many of whom had limited or no experience of online learning and teaching, to enable them to shift their teaching online in response to the restrictions to campus attendance during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020. We adapted the ABC Curriculum Design Framework (UCL, 2018) into a ‘Toolkit’ for online delivery. The Toolkit was aimed at harnessing the features of the ABC Framework identified by its authors (Young & Perović, 2016) via work by JISC, (2012) as appealing to busy academics (rapid and intensive) and as effective for online learning design (robust theoretical underpinning, graphical representations of course designs). Uptake of the CPLD was high, and initial feedback was positive. A year later, we conducted a small-scale qualitative study exploring staff perspectives on the CPLD and their teaching practice. We found some positive benefits of the initiative, but also some less successful outcomes. Our findings show the limitation of metrics-based evaluations of academic development (Bamber, 2013; Bamber & Stefani, 2016), and we present some practical ideas for enhancing the Toolkit.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Online Teaching in Higher Education: Global Perspectives on Continuing Professional Learning and Development
EditorsDianne Forbes, Richard Walker
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789811955877
ISBN (Print)9789811955860
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Publication series

NameProfessional and Practice-based Learning
ISSN (Print)2210-5549
ISSN (Electronic)2210-5557

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education


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