A Pedagogic Profiling Toolkit

Tony Toole

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Mount Pleasant Campus, Swansea, SA1 6ED; anthony.toole@uwtsd.ac.uk

24th March 2016


University of Wales Trinity Saint David is building a new campus on the SA1 Waterfront Quarter of Swansea. The design of the campus includes a range of innovative learning spaces that will transform teaching and learning and drive pedagogic innovation across the institution. The learning space designs are being piloted and evaluated during the 2015/16 academic year on the existing Swansea campuses. The evaluation process uses a Pedagogic Profiling Toolkit designed to benchmark existing teaching practice and help teachers to exploit the technology enabled spaces by developing new active learning opportunities for students.

This paper describes how the Pedagogic Profiling Toolkit captures learning designs through structured lesson plans and presents the learning activity mix graphically for analysis. It shows how the learning activities are then mapped to key pedagogic characteristics drawn from established learning theory and results in a pedagogic profile for each teaching session. The profile provides a visual picture of the learning experience of the student by identifying the learning processes supported by each activity in the lesson plan.

The paper illustrates the use of the Toolkit through examples from the pilot room evaluation exercise and shows how it can be used to assess and improve the impact of learning activity design changes on the overall session, module and course pedagogic profiles.