ACADEMIC STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

Academic staff members are expected to adopt lifelong learning, both within their academic discipline and in the skills needed for their workplace and their role within the University. Staff development programmes are designed to adopt multiple mechanisms for delivery, offering flexibility of access.

Onboarding New Academic Staff
Academic staff needs time to prove themselves in a new job. The faster new hires feel welcome and prepared for their jobs, the faster they will be able to successfully integrate into the organization culture and contribute to its mission.

The Integration Programme is designed in the hope that new hires will say "I Am Welcomed, Therefore I Belong". This programme comprises of two sub-programmes. They are Induction Programme and University Teaching and Learning Programme which are mandatory for all new full-time academic staff members to undertake within their first six months of service.

Induction for new academic staff occurs at three levels: Taylor’s Education Group (TEG), Taylor’s University and the School in which the staff is placed. The University Teaching and Learning programme introduces all new academic staff to the context of teaching and learning at Taylor’s University. It encompasses six mandatory units:
  1. Taylor’s Teaching and Learning Framework
  2. Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities
  3. Blended Learning at Taylor’s University
  4. Academic Research at Taylor’s University
  5. Managing and Appreciating Learner’s Diversity
  6. Student Transition and Success
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Enhancing Your Teaching Practice
Continuing Professional Development Programmmes are designed and tailored to the role of academic staff members and identified in planning processes and/or through annual professional review. Successful teaching practices are used to support novice academics who are concerned with day-to-day survival, experienced academics who want to improve their effectiveness, and highly accomplished academics who want to acquire advanced and innovative teaching methodologies. Continuing Professional Development focus on four dimensions:
  1. Teaching and Learning
  2. Research
  3. Academic Leadership
  4. Extension Activities


To view more upcoming programmes/events, visit the News and Events page.

Email to ted.intellect@taylors.edu.my to book your seat at least 3 days in advance so that we have sufficient resources to accommodate all attendees.

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Teaching and Learning
Academic teaching and learning activity refers to all actions carried out with the intention of achieving the objectives of an academic programme and its curriculum. Taylor’s teaching and learning philosophy is student-centred and intentional-learning based: student-centred learning focuses on the student’s needs, abilities, interests and learning styles, with the lecturer as a facilitator of learning; intentional-learning develops students’ explicit understanding of their own approach to learning as well as confidence in their discipline-specific knowledge-base in order to confidently address generic skills and metacognitive functions. Workshops that are designed to enhance teaching and learning include Curriculum & Module Design, Small Group Teaching, Outcome-based Learning, Reflective Writing & How to Assess It, Supervising Final Year Undergraduate Projects, Supervising Post Graduate Research Students, Podcasting for Learning & Teaching Purposes, Using Video Resources for Teaching, Using Online Collaboration Tools for Teaching, Gadgets, Gizmos and Google: Introduction to Web Technologies, Peer Development, and Effective Assessment.

Research
Research is to complement and invigorate teaching, ensuring that teaching and consultancy carried out by the University is conducted by those engaged in relevant research. The University encourages research in teaching and learning to create and dissemination of new knowledge that informs and enhances teaching. The ultimate aim is to improve outcomes for learners. Check out the professional and academic development in the areas of research at our Taylor’s Graduate School

Academic Leadership
Current and potential academic leaders are supported in their personal development as is relevant to performing their role and/or their future role. Coaching or small group training approach is used to engage and lead staff to enhance quality and improve performance. Development programmes are designed to meet the job expectations of academic leaders and includes training in University policies and procedures, as well as skills development pertaining to the management of people and resources.

The subjects covered encompass budgeting and financial management, communication, staff discipline and grievances, performance management, team building, inculcating “enterprise culture” as one that is open to change and to search for opportunities for innovation and development. Academic leaders are required to undertake workshops such as University Governance and Quality Assurance, New Manager Programme, Curriculum Design and Executive Development Series upon appointment of a new leadership role.

Extension Activities
Extension activities provide a link between the University and the community which comprise of consultancy and training. Extension activities have always been an integral part of Taylor’s University. Academic staff members are encouraged to undertake extension activities to support the achievement of the University’s objectives, including the advancement of the professional expertise of staff.
 
Advancing Your Professional Practice
The University supports the career development and continuing professional education needs of academic staff for the purpose of:
  1. Upgrading of academic qualification which is essential and critical for an employee to maintain his/her position in order to meet the minimum requirements of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) under the Ministry of Higher Education.
  2. Enhancement of knowledge, skills and abilities through professional development to increase effectiveness of work performance.
  3. Improvement of career opportunities and growth.
The Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PGCHeTL) offered by Taylor’s School of Education is designed for newly appointed academics that do not possess a relevant teaching qualification and have less than two years of teaching experience. Such appointees must complete this programme within their first two years of employment. Other academic staff at Taylor’s University may enroll in the programme if there are places available and if they are supported in doing so by their Dean.
 
Peer Development
Peer Development Programme comprises of voluntarily informal close interactions between the academic staff and a peer. In these engagement sessions, both parties will discuss more openly the challenges that the academic staff is currently facing in the classroom. The ultimate aim is to assist the academic staff in enhancing his/her engagement skills with the students in order to improve their learning with him/her.

If you have questions about the programme or would like to participate in the programme, please contact Assoc. Prof. Dr Tang Siew Fun, Director, INTELLECT.