How to profile the individual at the external level

The following are a few notes about external profiling. The rationale for the post is I’ve been asked to explain how and why I encourage a certain approach within my team. The rationale is, the external world is the quality assurance, quality enhancement space for my staff. Within very small teams we do not get this process occurring naturally or effectively. However, to meet our targets, and our clients needs we need highly motivated, quality enhanced/assured staff to develop our clients. Hence, we need the external environment and networks to fill our ongoing staff development needs. In addition, given a higher national profile we may be better placed to secure resources and staff.

When reading the following, think of it as a set of concentric circles, the inner one is the foundation we need to be able to draw upon. This is a longer term process (so no quick wins). Also, there is no set path … this is not linear, the circles interface each other.

Circle 1: Inner Circle: Building the foundations

  • Head a pilot service or project – this will require maintaining the project blog, providing literature reviews, FAQs, case studies, staff development provision and evaluation
  • Engage with e-learning staff development programme, including running a number of lunchtime events
  • develop your own personal learning environment – this will include running your own professional blog, engaging with Twitter (or equivalents) to follow people
  • Actively engage with the UK HEI lists
  • become CMALT accredited

Circle 2: Pushing and disseminating your (our) profile

  • publish working papers in e-learning OPuS – this will be based on your work from the inner circle, and the working papers need to include evaluation data and discuss educational issues (not just technical)
  • work on, apply for external funded projects – HEA, JISC, Eduserve etc.,
  • conference presentations (workshops, posters) – this will be based on your work from the inner circle
  • attend conferences – effective use of your personal learning environment to better engage at conferences
  • actively engage with emerging Special Interest Groups (HEA, ALT, JISC) – this will be based on your work from the inner circle

Circle 3: Outer Rim: High profile

  • invited speaker at conferences and workshops
  • external publications (Journal articles, book chapters)
  • subject centre case studies
  • invited to participate in externally funded projects

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