Now in its third year, the University of Strathclyde’s Teaching Excellence Awards is proving successful for both staff and students with 515 nominations this year.
The Students’ Association considered all the nominations this year and has produced a ‘Best Practice Report’ drawing on the key elements across the nominations to support the improvement of teaching across the University.
The report recognises the value of good teaching to a student’s learning experience and considers what it is to be a good teacher from a student’s perspective. It was created by feeding the nominations through a ‘Wordle’ generator to find the key words most commonly used to describe a good teacher. The meaning of these words mean in the context of education was then considered.
The report also lists some Do’s and Don’ts of teaching to try and share practice in good teaching, from the student view.
The Students’ Association disseminated the report through the Learning Enhancement Committee, where faculty representatives sent it out to departments. It has also been advertised with the Teaching Excellence Awards 2013, on the Students’ Association website at www.strathstudents.com/tea