In 2010 the Vice-Chancellor issued a decision to carry out the Creative Educational Development at Uppsala University 2010–2012 (CrED 10-12) project, a pan-University commitment to stimulate the further advancement of educational quality at Uppsala University.
Final report for the CrED project
CrED – Creative Educational Development at Uppsala University – has been a pan-University commitment. During the 2010-2011 period various pan-University activites were carried out to support ongoing developmental work within the disciplinary domains and faculties. This developmental phase was followed in 2012 by a concluding evaluation by an international panel of experts in education. Now there is an overall final report containing the observations of the international CrED panel, the reflections of the project leaders and a summary of the most important challenges brought to light by the project.
The international panel’s assignment was to evaluate strengths, weaknesses and potential for development concerning:
- The Programme for Teaching and Learning
- Developmental work within the disciplinary domains and faculties
- Pan-University support functions
- The design of the CrED project
Ahead of their visit to Uppsala University the panel members were sent advance material.
The intentions of the CrED project
The purpose of the CrED project has been to highlight the important role and function of the educational mission and to stimulate educational development by:
- Implementing the Programme for Teaching
- Working with educational development
- Exchanging and disseminating good ideas among colleagues.
Priority areas in the CrED project
The disciplinary domains and faculties participated in the identification of priority areas for the CrED project. The priority areas have been:
- Collaboration across disciplinary/faculty boundaries
- Linkage to research
- Independent work
- Condition for student learning
- Generic skills and linkage to working life
- Innovative pedagogy
- Learning goals, grading criteria and examination
- Documentation of teaching qualifications
- Educational follow-up
In the CrED project’s idea bank you can find inspiration from the developmental projects conducted within the framework of the identified priority areas. Here you can let yourself be stimulated by ideas from others that might be of relevance to your own work.
The international panel
The international panel consisted of representatives of universities in the international Matariki Network, Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, along with three international experts on quality in education:
- Prof Denise Chalmers, UWA, Australia (Chair)
- Dr Bengt-Ove Boström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- Prof Brenda Ravenscroft, Queens University, Canada
- Prof Stefan Lindgren, Lund University, Sweden
- Prof Vernon Squire, Otago University, New Zealand
- Prof Lee Harvey, United Kingdom
- Prof Stefanie Gropper, Tübingen University, Germany
- Dr Victoria Gunn, Glasgow University, UK
- Prof Thomas Luxon, Dartmouth University, USA
- Dr Claire Carney, QAA, Scotland
- Dr Lars Geschwind (secretary)
The panel paid a preparatory visit to Uppsala University in the autumn of 2011. Their second and final site visit took place in September 2012.
In advance of their second visit in September 2012 the panel was provided with advance material describing the developmental work that had taken place within the faculties and disciplinary domains during 2010-2011, along with operations at Uppsala University’s central support functions (Office for Development of Teaching and Learning (PU), Uppsala Learning Lab (ULL), Office of Quality and Evaluation (KoU), the Competence Forum, the University Library and museums).
Who will take the responsibility for the future?
- The Vice-Chancellor makes decisions affecting the University as a whole
- Disciplinary domain/faculty boards – and departments – pursue initiatives within their operational spheres
- The Quality Committee facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience across domain and faculty boundaries.
- The Office for Development of Teaching and Learning, Uppsala Learning Lab, Competence Forum and support functions at the disciplinary domain/faculty level provide expert help.
For more information about CrED please contact Åsa Kettis, head of divison, Divison for Quality Enhancement.