Driving Organisational Change by Rewarding Quality Teaching

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Since the introduction in 2006 of the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund (LTPF) the Australian Government has provided around $220 million to reward universities for excellence in learning and teaching. This has stimulated in Australian universities a renewed focus on the quality of teaching and learning and the establishment of institution wide performance indicators to measure and reward teaching excellence. This paper reports on the pilot of an on-line scheme designed to reward quality teaching, foster scholarship in teaching and improve the external profile of a large multi-campus Australian university. The scheme rewarded high scores on student evaluations of teaching, course review and benchmarking activities, scholarship in teaching and the design of high quality teaching resources. An evaluation of the scheme highlighted the complexities involved in measuring teaching quality and the difficulties of gauging the potential for the scheme to achieve its stated aims. Nevertheless, the funds were welcomed by staff and there were indications that the scheme had impacted on teacher behaviours and was driving organisational change. There was also an increased focus on the quality of teaching and a robust dialogue about how the quality of teaching and learning can best be measured and improved.


Keywords: Organisational Change, Higher Education, Teaching Performance, Evaluation
Stream: Educational Leadership and Management
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , , , , Driving Organisational Change in Universities by Rewarding Quality Teaching


Dr. Rosemary Kerr

Research Fellow, Office of Teaching and Learning, Curtin University of Technology
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr Rosemary Kerr works in the Office of Teaching and Learning within the Vice-Chancellory at Curtin University of Technology as a research fellow where she has undertaken projects to facilitate and evaluate university teaching and learning initiatives. She has a doctorate in History and her research and publications range across social history policy and teaching and learning issues. Her current research focus is on academic development.

A/Prof Martijntje M. Kulski

Associate Professor, Office of Teaching and Learning, Curtin University of Technology
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Martijntje (Tina) Kulski is an Associate Professor in the Office of Teaching and Learning at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. Tina has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Education in the area of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She has extensive experience in university teaching and academic staff development as well as in higher education consultancy and research. Her research focuses on policies and practices that enhance the quality of university teaching and related professional and organisational development issues.

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