SPACE to learn TIME to teach: managing the academic environment

Mark Cocks

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Dynevor Campus, Swansea, SA1 3EU; mark.cocks@uwtsd.ac.uk

5th May 2017

Abstract

This paper presents the initial findings from a learning and teaching project based in the Faculty of Art & Design (UWTSD). It derives from a Faculty forum created to extend the HEA Fellow recognition process by instigating opportunities for sharing the good practice articulated within the staff Fellow applications, to explore their common interests in learning and teaching, and to drive future pedagogic innovations. The first forum intended to explore opportunities for sharing good practice: peer observation, staff development, and pedagogic research, however it soon became very apparent that concerns with academic space/time presented a significant barrier to any specific investigation into learning and teaching issues. As a consequence the emphasis of the project shifted, to listen to the staff concerns, to explore different perspectives, and to find some achievable solutions. The next phase of this project will extend the discussion throughout the whole Faculty staff team, including Faculty management, to test the proposed solutions and to gather wider perspectives. However the conference context offers an opportunity to open the project to a wider audience and broaden the debate on academic space/time.