Thursday, 7 November 2013

How to effectively integrate guest/visiting lecturers into HEI provision.

A presentation by Dr Gavin Bunting (University of Wales), in collaboration with Christopher House (University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, Swansea), at the Research-Teaching Practice in Wales Conference, 10th September 2013, at the University of Wales, Gregynog Hall. Edited by Professor Simon Haslett.

Research-Teaching Practice In Wales Conference 2013
Dr Gavin Bunting
In Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) guest/visiting lecturers are an increasingly important pedagogical tool in bridging the gap between theory and practice; therefore it is important that their practice, skills and support procedures are carefully considered. This paper used a literature review and action research to provide an overview of the guidance and best practice available for guest /visiting lecturers. It focused on student engagement, quality assurance, assessment of group dynamics and how to tailor lectures. The initial results identified key considerations that need to be incorporated into HEI procedures so that these types of lectures form an integral and effective part of courses. From results, a checklist was developed to help ensure guest/visiting lecturers coordinate with learning outcomes, integrate assessment strategies and sufficiently engage students to encourage deep learning.  Hence, this research provides a set of considerations for this important part of HEI provision that now needs to be further tested and refined to develop a clear set of procedures, considerations and management tools to effectively integrate guest/visiting lecturers into the student experience and hence reduce the gap between theory and practice.

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