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iSoLT - Innovation and Scholarship of Learning & Teaching: iSoLT progression

Faculty of Health Sciences staff with teaching responsibilities

It is essential for staff with teaching responsibilities to engage in SoLT. Evidence suggests that engagement in SoLT improves students learning outcomes by encouraging a deep learning approach.1

The Scholarship of Learning/ Research in Higher Education Reference Guide to Planning and Gathering Evidence developed by Faculty of Health Sciences staff can be used to guide your engagement in SoLT and indicates the different types of SoTL related activities and evidence you can gather to support your SoLT progression.

1. Boyer, E. L. 1990. Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. Princeton, NJ: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Curtin's teaching excellence criteria

Key to the development of teaching academics, who are engaged in facilitating student learning, is the establishment of criteria to which excellent teachers can aspire.  These criteria highlight the capabilities and skills that guide the successful recruitment, development, recognition and retention of quality teaching academics in higher education. The Curtin Teaching Excellence criteria provide a single set of measures to underpin all relevant reward and recognition processes, so that teaching excellence is clear and consistent with the University’s strategic goals. 

The teaching excellence criteria are designed to assist individual academic staff, particularly new and early career staff, in clarifying expectations, as well as providing guidelines to assist in the process of supporting academics and establishing guidelines for promotion and awards.  The criteria will be used by academic staff and their supervisors as a formative development tool to identify career objectives, and development needs, in addition to forming the basis for informing promotion and awards.  

The seven criteria are:

  1. Design and planning of learning activities, units and courses
  2. Teaching and supporting student learning
  3. Assessment and giving feedback to students
  4. Developing effective learning environments, student support and guidance
  5. Integration of scholarship, research and professional activities with teaching and in support of student learning
  6. Evaluation of practice and continuing professional learning
  7. Professional and personal effectiveness

You can find more information on Curtin’s Teaching Excellence criteria here.