A Framework for Designing Professional Development for Inter-institutional Teaching Programmes in Higher Education: A CHARM European University Case Study (EAPRIL 2021)
"A Framework for Designing Professional Development for Inter-institutional Teaching Programmes in Higher Education: A CHARM European University Case Study" is a presentation that was used for the Conference for European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning. It was part of a 90 minutes case study session.
The slides contain the following topics: European Universities Initiative, general information on CHARM-EU, the Educational Principles and Knowledge Creation Teams, a problem definition related to Professional Development in CHARM-EU, a six-phased approach to Professional Development design, experienced challenges in the Professional Development design, brief description of Professional Development Activities, and Lessons Learned.
CHARM-EU is one of 41 European University initiatives seeking to strengthen partnerships between higher education institutions by offering curricula delivered jointly by multiple institutions to promote European identity and improve the quality and competitiveness of European higher education. Part of the CHARM-EU mission is to offer a transdisciplinary, challenge-based Master’s programme delivered across university campuses to equip a new generation of students with the skills and knowledge needed to participate in a rapidly changing, digital society, facing major global sustainability challenges.
The quality of CHARM-EU teaching and learning practices relies heavily on the knowledge, skills and competences of teachers. However, teachers new to the CHARM-EU project must upskill and incorporate diverse CHARM-EU educational principles and values into their teaching (e.g. Challenge Based Learning, Sustainability in Education, Student-Centred Learning). This case study describes a six-phased approach to designing a professional development programme for teachers from five European universities using different methods. From this approach, a bespoke professional development programme for CHARM-EU teachers was created.
This case study provides a useful framework with practical recommendations for institutions seeking to develop inter-institutional professional development programmes, and understand the complexities involved in successful collaboration.