Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

 

Authors

Brenda Smith

Date of this Version

1998

Document Type

Article

Comments

To Improve the Academy, published by the Professional and Organizational

Development Network in Higher Education, volume 17, 1998.

Abstract

Universities are having to become more accountable for the quality of the student learning experience. This is taking place in a climate of expanding student numbers, a greater diversity of students, and reduced resources. How then do we motivate faculty, take on board new initiatives, reflect on current practice, and at the same time provide an organizational structure that is supportive and visionary? This article illustrates how a major externally funded project on peer observation led to a change in university culture and facilitated a major structural change to the organization that supports the ongoing development and enhancement of learning and teaching.

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