Promoting good practice and innovations in learning and teaching: developing a multi-institutional learning and teaching forum

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: November 2002
Amount awarded £2,880.49
Completed: March 2005
Leader(s): Ms Alison Swanson
Organisation: University of Dundee
Contact Email:
Address: Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Dundee
Dr Colin Mason
University of St Andrews
Ms Karen Munro
Projects Facilitator, Promoting Partnership Initiative (PPI), Universities of St Andrews and Dundee
Professor David Ross
University of Abertay
Start Date: 1 April 2003
End Date: 30 April 2004
Interim report received: 18 November 2008
Final report received: 18 November 2008

Abertay, Dundee and St Andrews Universities differ in size, composition, institutional character and teaching provision. Nonetheless, they share a deep commitment to continuous improvement of learning and teaching. Each institution has adopted a virtual learning environment and established centre for promoting learning and teaching and excellence: CELT, CLT, and SALTIRE. Dundee and St Andres have a well-established formal partnership arrangement (PPI) and Abertay with St Andrews successfully collaborated on the Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning conference, QUENTAL (June 2002). However, the partners recognise less formal approaches for challenging issues in leaning and teaching have also proved valuable. Examples are: Dundee's grassroots learning and teaching forum (2001) and informal arrangements between Dundee and SALTIRE at St Andrew's, building on Dundee forum's track record (October 2002).

ESCalate funding will support the implementation of a multi-institutional partnership in the form a joint learning and teaching forum, partly facilitated via institutional VLEs. This will showcase learning and teaching innovations, facilitate good practice sharing and produce practical examples, available to ESCalate. Furthermore, it will provide an opportunity to learn about facilitating free collaborative communication amongst partners in a local region using traditional face-to-face methods alongside virtual meetings and discussion, 'testing' a blended approach.