Teaching portfolios and a competence framework aimed to build faculty teaching competencies

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The University of Copenhagen has decided to introduce teaching portfolios and a competence framework as initiatives aimed to address the relatively low status of teaching compared to research. The two measures have been designed in a bottom-up process and are also backed by university leadership. This paper analyses drivers and barriers in achieving successful implementation of the two initiatives through an organisational action research project. Main drivers are recognition for the need to increase the status of teaching and needs for tools and space for reflecting on one’s teaching, as well as a need for a common language and reference. Main barriers are scepticism towards the teaching portfolio for assessment of competencies, fear of extra work load, possible use as control measures, and fear that standards will narrow teaching development. In a research intensive university it is very difficult to give teaching a status similar to research. This research shows that by initiating discussions at all levels and in many fora at the university, the barriers and the support has come out in the open for a fruitful exchange of pros and cons and through this process the two fundamental measures have been accepted and approved by leadership and gained broad acceptance among faculty.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date31 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2017
EventEARLI 17th Biennial Conference 2017: Education in the crossroads of economy and politics: Role of research in advancement of public good - University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Duration: 29 Aug 20172 Sep 2017
Conference number: 17


ConferenceEARLI 17th Biennial Conference 2017: Education in the crossroads of economy and politics
LocationUniversity of Tampere
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