1. General principles to consider in preparing your portfolio

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D2 (Fellow HEA) Guidance Notes

1. General principles to consider in preparing your portfolio

There are 3 parts to your portfolio application. Part 1 is a reflective account of your professional practice (RAPP) using the Area of Activity statements 1- 4 within the UKPSF as sub headings for your account Part 2 is a CPD review and plan addressing A5. Part 3 consists of two references from people who can comment on the appropriateness of your application for D2.

Your portfolio must have the following:

1.

2.

3.

Your RAPP (four sections of 600 words = 2400 words in total)

Your CPD review and plan (600 words

Two references

You should explain how and why you believe this portfolio evidences and meets the criteria for D2.

You are not asked to write a CV but should select and provide appropriate evidence to demonstrate how you meet the D2 criteria.

All examples you choose should be related to work at level 4 or above and should be within the last five years. However you may reference events that are more than 5 years ago that are now influencing your current academic and professional practice.

You should include corroborating evidence particularly of impact throughout your portfolio. This could include hyperlinks to relevant documentation (be selective and only link relevant sections), testimonials and comments from ‘others’, (students, colleagues, externals etc.,) For example, “I would

like to take this as an opportunity to thank for the tremendous support you gave me” Level 6 student. You can also include hyperlinked examples to such things as learning materials that KUDOS Reviewers could access.

Evidence should be short, to-the-point and relevant to D2.

You should consider the context of working at the University of Wolverhampton. Reference should be made therefore to the institutional vision, mission and core values:

Our vision: To be “The University of Opportunity” – renowned for creativity and innovation

– developing students and staff who are entrepreneurial, eminently employable and well connected within a research and professionally informed environment.

Our mission: To be an employer-focused university connected with our local, national and global communities delivering opportunity and academic excellence.

Our core values, these values guide the decisions we make and how we engage with our communities locally and globally.

At the University of Wolverhampton we will be: o o

Ethical

Respectful o o o o o

Transparent

Inclusive and fair

Challenging

Confident

Collaborative

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Professional.

2. Part 1. Writing your RAPP (2400 words)

Concentrate on the Areas of Activity A1 to A4 of the UKPSF and use these as sub headings for your account.

Areas of Activity

A1

A2

A3

A4

Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study

Teach and/or support learning

Assess and give feedback to learners

Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance.

Aim to write 600 words for each area of activity. You should not just describe what you have done but should reflect on your own academic practice. Consider questions such as, “Why did you do something the way that you did? What was the impact you were hoping to achieve? Why was this important? What are your professional values? How do these influence you? What is your approach to learning? Why?”

Each of the Areas of Activity (A) should outline and include mapping of Core Knowledge (K) and

Professional Values (V) and may include mapping to other Areas of Activity:

Throughout your RAPP you should map ALL the dimensions of the UKPSF in your writing. For example “I believe every student should be given the opportunity to reach their potential. When I plan my

teaching I try to vary the activities that I want my students to do so I can offer an inclusive learning experience. I follow up my teaching sessions by using a blog where students can post questions that they want clarifying. (A1, K4, V1, V2)”

2.1. Evidencing A1: Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study

This Area of Activity refers to all your professional educational activities where you are preparing for engagement with learners. For example you might:

Design or redesign curricula, courses and programmes of study;

Identify and plan different kinds of interaction with learners in various contexts, whether for single sessions or larger programmes;

Participate in validation panels;

Contribute to the creation of learning resource packs and computer-based or open learning materials or the development of virtual learning environments.

For A1 you should address the following:

1.

2.

Introduction and context. The main ways in which you design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study.

The reasons for your choice of: a.

subject material; b.

activities and techniques;

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3.

4.

5.

c.

the particular learning technologies included in your plan

How your choices facilitate your students’ learning in general and within their subject area

Which dimensions of the Core Knowledge you utilise, how and why?

Which dimensions of the Professional Values were particularly relevant and why?

2.2. Evidencing A2: Teach and/or support learning

This Area of Activity is about your direct engagement with learners whether in groups or individually. These encounters may be in a wide range of environments, such as classrooms, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, labs, learning support centres, offices, etc.

Your teaching activities might include for example, lecturing, tutorial and seminar work, studio, clinical, laboratory or workplace-based teaching, distance learning and the use of virtual learning environments.

The support you give might include, for example, teaching and supervision of postgraduates, mentoring inexperienced staff or contributing to in-house learning and teaching programmes.

For A2 you should address the following:

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2.

3.

4.

5.

Introduction and context. The main ways in which you teach and/or support learners.

The activities or techniques you use and why.

How you came to use them and why you think they were successful in supporting student learning? Give reasons for your choice of activities and techniques and how they relate to developing the learners' understanding of the subject.

Which dimensions of the Core Knowledge you utilise, how and why?

Which dimensions of the Professional Values were particularly relevant and why?

2.3. Evidencing A3: Assess and give feedback to learners

This Area of Activity is about how you use assessment and feedback to foster and encourage learning, assess progress and make judgements about your students’ learning. The assessment you undertake may be formative or summative, formal or informal. Feedback may for example, be face to face, written through annotating students’ work, or through using electronic means such as podcasts and social media.

For A3 you should address the following:

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2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Introduction and context. The main types of formative and/or summative assessment that you use with learners, whether formal or informal?

How and why you choose the particular approaches and methods you employ, insofar as this was your own decision.

How you ensure your assessments are valid indicators of what you want your students to learn, that your marking is reliable and the standards you set are appropriate.

How you give feedback to learners.

How you ensure the feedback you give learners helps them to improve their understanding of the subject or their performance and development as learners.

Which dimensions of the Core Knowledge you utilise, how and why?

Which dimensions of the Professional Values were particularly relevant and why?

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2.4. Evidencing A4: Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance

This Area of Activity is about how you make effective use of both the formal and informal learning environment to facilitate learning, and how you seek to meet the needs of your learners for educational support and guidance. It includes how you: o o

Utilise and manage the full range of physical or virtual learning environments so that they are appropriate to your learners’ needs

Work with learners and service providers to ensure that your learners can access and use a broad range of learning opportunities. Learner support might include such activities as personal and academic tutoring, one-to-one advice, counselling, developing practice to meet the learning implications of widening access, or supporting learners with additional needs.

For A4 you should address the following:

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2.

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4.

5.

6.

Introduction and context. The main types of educational environment in which you work and/or what kinds of support and guidance you give to your learners, whether formal or informal.

How you have contributed to making the learning environment more effective for learners.

The ways you have contributed to supporting and guiding your learners.

Why you chose those particular strategies and how well they worked.

Which dimensions of the Core Knowledge you utilise, how and why?

Which dimensions of the Professional Values were particularly relevant and why?

3. Part 2 CPD review and plan (600 words)

Your CPD Review and plan must address the Area of Activity A5

“Engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices.”

This section should concentrate on demonstrating how you have engaged with CPD and how this has impacted on your academic practice outside of the examples you have already given as part of the RAPP. This should be brief and address any dimensions of core knowledge or professional values that you have not already covered.

Show how you have engaged in professional development activities relevant to your academic practice.

These activities are likely to be wide ranging, incorporating both formal and informal approaches to continuing professional development. Examples include:

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2.

3.

4.

Presenting or participating in conferences on teaching and learning (often disciplinespecific);

Attending workshops or training events;

Engaging in peer observation or peer review of teaching;

Less formal activities such as:

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a.

b.

c.

d.

e.

f.

g.

Regular departmental meetings where discussion is about teaching and learning issues,

Peer discussions about learning and teaching,

Bidding for and involvement in projects or research on teaching and learning;

Implementing new approaches,

Subject and other network activities,

Reading,

Visits to other institutions/organisations.

You should then suggest what CPD activities you think would enhance your academic practice and outline what impact you would hope this would have on your students’ experience and why.

4. Part 3 Two references

You should pick two referees that can comment on the evidence you have provided and relevance to D2. Your referees should be familiar with the UKPSF as they should be able to affirm and endorse your evidence for the relevant descriptor. Ideally at least one should hold a Fellowship from the

HEA. Your referees should have seen a final draft of your portfolio.

Each reference should be no more than one side of A4. Your referees must provide contact details, these can be email addresses.

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if you have any questions.

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