Advice to 2017 TTEA nominees
The following emerged during the 2016 TTEA panel meeting as points of advice for those preparing portfolios for the 2017 TTEA round.
- Regardless of the use of headings, portfolios should have easily followed content addressing the criteria rather than a disconnected sequence of separate claims of excellence.
- Increasingly the panel are looking for evidence of excellence being sustained across 6 years rather than over the last several years before application.
- Some portfolios contained gaps in terms of the sequence of student evaluations and other forms of evidence. Those gaps ought to be explained.
- The portfolios with the most compelling evidence were those that triangulated the claims made against the criteria. The use of peers, students, employers, nominees’ managers to back up claims enabled the panel to be confident of those claims.
- Some portfolios lacked sufficient “student voice” to give detail and support for claims against the criteria.
- Useful support for criteria was provided by those nominees who included student satisfaction data matched with corresponding student success data.
- Good evidence of excellence was provided by those nominees who described reflecting on their teaching practice, outlining the subsequent changes in practice and showing what impact those changes had on student learning.
- The teaching history form should be completed with sufficient detail of length of service, especially if part-time teaching is involved to complete a total of six years’ service.
- The panel advises nominees to seek mentoring assistance from members of the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence and allow a generous amount of time to collect evidence and have multiple drafts of the portfolio before submission.
About the awards
They provide an opportunity for teachers to further their careers and share good practice in teaching.
Up to twelve awards of $20,000 will be awarded, across two categories:
- General – Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching (up to ten awards).
- Kaupapa Māori – Sustained Excellence for Tertiary Teaching in a Kaupapa Màori context (two or more awards).
One of the 2017 award recipients will be chosen to receive the prestigious Prime Minister’s Supreme Award – worth an additional $10,000.
New in 2017 – the Excellence in Supporting Pacific Learners endorsement – to the value of an additional $5,000.
The 2016 Award recipients
Back row (L-R): Associate Professor Martin East, James Oldfield, Dr Judith Bateup, Matthew Thompson, Dr Megan Gibbons, Richard Nyhof, Professor Darryl Tong
Front row (L-R): Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh, Dr Jian Yang - Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee, Hon. Steven Joyce, Rt Hon. John Key, Professor Jacinta Ruru, Dr Margaret Brunton.