(CS EdX Sessions) Connor Celia

Title: Be more than a bright star with QUASAR: A new protocol with multiple strategic advantages

Presenter: Connor Celia (Lecturer in Environment & Agriculture)

Co-presenter(s): Dr Christine Storer

Faculty / Division: FoSH

School / Unit: Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Sciences

Session Type: Interactive Discussion

When: Thursday, 18 November 2021 @ 11:15am – 12:15pm

Where: Zoom meeting link

Session Documents:

Abstract:

This protocol is designed to help academics gather and process appropriate data to design a strategic
improvement plan for each subject. This plan would link in with QUASAR: Reflection and Planning and
produce a set of clear actionable items that could also provide evidence for EDRS, Academic Workload
Management and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) including the Scholarly Environment
Model (SEM) and Scholarly Activity Framework (SAF).

Data may be gathered from the following sources:

  • Student Evaluation Survey comments;
  • Student Evaluation Survey Percent Positive Responses (PPR) above and below the 65% threshold;
  • Work or plans developed with Educational Designers;
  • Academic and professional peer discussion and feedback;
  • Observation and thoughts of the Subject Coordinator, Convener or other teaching and technical
  • Staff involved in the subject
  • General student comments and feedback; and
  • unsolicited emails

This data is collated to write a 1-2-page reflection on the learning and teaching achieved in the
previous session. This includes a celebration of achievement but will also identify areas for
improvement. A summary version can be used in Question 2 of in the Reflection and Planning tab of
QUASAR. Based on the reflection, decisions can be made on the Actions Items to be included in
QUASAR and how these are categorised (based on best practice and pedagogy). The strategic plan
may be from 1 to 3 years depending on the changes required, workload and resourcing, is formulated
using data analysis, educational design input, peer feedback and informed by the academics own
critical thinking and reflective planning skill. This plan can be adjusted on a yearly basis as new
information comes to hand.

The specific outcomes and evidence provided include:

  1. The development of a step by step strategic future thinking plan for each subject
  2. A reflection synopsis and clear Action Items list that can be included in QUASAR
  3. A document with Actions Items that can be used in EDRS and to assist with Academic
    Workload planning
  4. A list of possible learning and teaching projects for your SoTL response
  5. A detailed history of your subject improvements for probation, promotion, or awards.

This process value adds to the academic by allowing the planning of subject improvements in way that
is transparent to the teaching staff involved, as well as management. Management are key in
providing resources necessary for the improvements suggested, as well as oversight for ongoing
improvements for all subjects. With the review of progress against Action Items at the end of each
teaching session, management can ensure plans are addressed in a timely manner with oversight
during EDRS processes.
This session will outline the suggested protocol with examples provided by both presenters about how
the process worked in AHT231 Agricultural Finance & Business Management, AGB450 Risk &
Resources Management, AGB351 Commodity Trade & Pricing, and HRT301 Plant Propagation

Examples and reflections from participants will be sought to round out the discussion

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