The Teaching Indicators project originated in late 2013 from a network-wide survey of key issues of importance relating to teaching and learning in Research-Intensive Universities. From this, the EI Steering Group identified the need to develop:
- a common framework that could be used to guide practice across the network for evaluating teaching as part of academic promotion processes
- a pool of individuals within and across institutions who could act as expert peer assessors of evidence submitted in relation to teaching in promotion applications
- training and development opportunities for staff to become recognized members of this U21 expert panel of assessors of teaching.
These pages provide more detail on this history of the various stages of the project, organized by year of activity.
- 2014: Initial scoping and document analysis activities, drawing on a wide range of published material from U21 institutions (promotions policies, standards and applications).
- 2015: Development of a draft conceptual framework to articulate the various activates that constitute the dimensions of teaching, and the levels across which these activities are enacted (as part of teaching practice, as part of the enablement or management of teaching, and as part of the leadership or innovation in teaching.
- 2016: Validation and publication of the framework. The draft framework underwent face validity and fitness-for-purpose testing in three U21 institutions, using different approaches.
- 2017: Development of standards and descriptors for promotions processes, using the conceptual framework.