Achieving sustainability in learning and teaching initiatives

Angela Brew*, Jayde Cahir

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    Universities have a long history of change in learning and teaching to suit various government initiatives and institutional priorities. Academic developers now are frequently required to address strategic learning and teaching priorities. This paper asks how, in such a context, academic developers can ensure that work they do in relation to one specific institutional priority can support future learning and teaching strategies. Two examples of efforts to integrate research and teaching are discussed to demonstrate the length of time needed to develop institutional understanding and how to create sustainable resources to meet the needs of changing initiatives. The paper highlights the importance of a sustainable approach to ever-changing learning and teaching priorities, suggesting that resources and other work developed to meet institutional initiatives should be structured so that they can be readily reused or adapted when policies change. The paper concludes by drawing out some implications for academic development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-352
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2014


    • academic developers
    • change
    • learning and teaching
    • policy
    • sustainability


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