Do I need to meet all the criteria?
No. You only need to draw upon the criteria that are appropriate in any given circumstances. For example, if you are telling a story about your excellence in teaching for a PRP process, there will be some criteria that will be useful and valid; and depending on your pathway, others that will not.
Do I need to meet all the standards?
No. Many of the standards are indicative and some may not be applicable in your circumstances. You may also have other standards not mentioned in the Framework that are more appropriate for you. The Framework provides ideas and words that you can tap into, but it is up to you to tell your own story using the Framework as a guide.
Do I need to provide all the indicative evidence?
No. The indicative evidence are suggestions for possible ways for you to demonstrate your excellent teaching. Not all of the evidence listed will be relevant to you and there are many other ways to show that you are achieving quality teaching. The Framework is not a box-ticking exercise, but it can guide you to telling your own story.
Can I use evidence that is not listed?
Most definitely, yes. That is what we are really seeking. There are examples of excellent teaching that cannot be predicted and put into a framework. Use whatever real-world examples you feel appropriate to demonstrate your quality teaching.
Will the promotions committee be using it?
Yes. The promotions committee is using the Framework; plus, it is also being utilised in policies; by other committees; and in other Frameworks around ACU. This makes it incredibly useful and important for academics to align their own narratives with those that are being used in the university.
Will it help me with my promotion application?
Yes. It will help with a promotion application; with your PRP; with your application for a grant; or with your application for an award. There are many ways it will help you, but it must be emphasised it cannot be used as the sole reference point for any of these things. It is to provide us with a common language and a common set of understanding in general terms of what is considered to be excellence in teaching. We want people to be able to tailor the Framework to develop their own narratives.
What is the history of the development of the Framework?
At ACU many staff are on a teaching only pathway or a combination with teaching pathway, so the Teaching Criteria and Standards Framework was developed as a practical guide to assist academic staff clarify what constitutes quality teaching.
The Framework is evidence-based and builds on a framework originally created by the Universities of Western Australia, Murdoch, Curtin, Edith Cowan and Notre Dame through funding from the Office of Learning and Teaching.
Why did you take higher degrees research (HDR) out of the Framework?
HDR supervision is a very important type of teaching. At ACU however, HDR is considered to be part of the research agenda, so was not considered by those consulted during the development of the Framework. This may change over time but right now, HDR is not part of the Framework.