The Continuum Model of Scholarship: A Toolkit for Professional Development, Dr Dave Collins
Welcome to the Continuum Model of Scholarship Toolkit. This developmental toolkit is based on the Advance HE/HEA publication ‘The Continuum Model of Scholarship’ (Collins, 2016) and its central purpose is to encourage you to self-reflectively explore the essential links between your scholarly activity and your engagement with teaching and learning in Higher Education. In using this toolkit as a registered user of the AoC Scholarship Framework you will be able to build up an online portfolio.
Because it is set in the context of the UK Professional Standards Framework, this toolkit can be used:
- to enable you to maintain an online portfolio of your ongoing professional development and demonstrate how your scholarly activity and your practice in teaching and learning intertwine
to act as a springboard in applying for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
The Continuum Model of Scholarship (CMS) proposes:
- a continuum of teaching and learning which can lie across four levels of reach and influence: at programme level, departmental or faculty level, institutional level and national/international level
- a continuum of scholarship/scholarly activity which can lie across the same four levels of impact.
You will see this illustrated on the interactive square grid.
Building your portfolio
All your writing will be saved as an ongoing portfolio of practice, which you can return to in order to add, edit, change whenever you wish. You can export your writing into a Excel spreadsheet which you could then use, for example, for your own record of academic development, your appraisal documentation, or for a formal application for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
The toolkit follows the outline of the UKPSF Dimensions of the Framework with its three key sets:
- Areas of Activity (A) with five aspects
- Core Knowledge (K) with six aspects
- Professional Values (V) with four aspects
You will see that each aspect of the Dimensions has been broadly aligned to either ‘teaching and learning’ or ‘scholarship’. However, there will inevitably be overlap.
Note: Completion of this toolkit does not constitute Fellowship - the distinction between scholarly activity and teaching and learning is for the purposes of this toolkit only, and does not necessarily reflect the requirements for any formal application for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (Associate, Fellow, Senior Fellow, or Principal Fellow).
Using the Toolkit
Start with a reflective narrative in each of the aspects of the Dimensions: Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge, Professional Values. Exemplars have been given which span the four levels of reach and influence. Your text will be automatically saved until you next return to it. You might want to export your notes to print out or share with a colleague or a mentor. There is no requirement to work through in any particular order. Try to avoid straightforward description – make your writing reflective.
Once you feel that you have completed each section, consider where your account of your professional practice sits: if it relates to the teaching and learning drop down menu, then decide as to the locus or place where this aspect of your practice is broadly situated and has reach and influence (at programme level, departmental level, national/ international level). If the drop down menu refers to your scholarly activity, aim to reflect upon where this part of your practice has reach, influence and impact.
Once you have done this, your choice will be automatically transferred to the graph which shows the two axes of scholarly activity, and teaching and learning.
You'll be able to see - as you work through the toolkit - how you have positioned your practice with reference to the four categories of fellowship. There may be a clustering in one particular category. This will act as a guide only for when you make a formal application.
Above all, this process should enable you to become more aware of the relationship between your scholarly activity and your teaching and learning.
Useful links to help you
The Dimensions of the Framework indicate typical activities which relate to the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning, for practitioners working in a range of settings. Those working in colleges would find the CBHE Dimensions the most useful.
Specific guidance on how to formally claim HEA Fellowship can be found here.