"Its about time good teaching was recognised in HE as a valuable commodity. there are enough student surveys and websites criticising lecturers, so I'm very glad to see the Student Led Teaching Awards making the news.
This idea has been implemented by the Higher Education Academy http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/student-led-awards and is a very worthwhile activity to help recognise good teaching when and where its happens. we want lecturers to feel recognised for their good work, because its not an easy job that just seems to get harder every year. The criteria mentioned is quite interesting as an example of what good teachers do.
"the criteria for which an award was made – enthusiasm, feedback and the ability to prompt questions and critical thinking."
not only is the recognition a encouraging boost for the really good lecturers, who can feel disheartened in todays economic climate but it also has;
"unexpected benefits, strengthening a sense of community on campus, empowering students and making them reflect on their learning."
I am now looking forward to this being implemented in my university as we already have a cadre of dedicated teachers who work with the pedagogic research forum to improve their teaching, but don't get enough credit from their colleagues or management.
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