A brief guide to developing and disseminating your learning and teaching ideas.

Developing and disseminating your learning and teaching ideas

This guide is intended to support colleagues looking to identify and develop learning and teaching ideas and then disseminate through conferences and publication.  

Why is learning development and dissemination important?

It is crucial that we continue to enhance our provision. We want to create a dynamic and exciting environment within which students learn and within which we deliver our teaching. Enhancing our provision might involve a wide range of different activities, from experimenting with new, exciting technologies, embedding graduate attributes into our curriculum, creating new staff-student partnerships, arranging community-building events or more.

Spending time sharing our experiences and findings internally or externally via conference or publications also helps colleagues to develop the practice of others and contributes to the development of knowledge across the entire sector.

Activities which improve our provision will also impact on career progression. This work will support applications for internal promotion and University, or Student Union led teaching awards. It will also help to secure external recognition through disciplinary-specific teaching awards and fellowship of the HEA and even any future applications for National Teaching Fellow.

Finally, by undertaking this kind of work, and sharing our experiences across the sector, we are working to maintain and enhance the University’s reputation and standing.

What are the stages involved in developing and disseminating a learning and teaching idea?

Learning and teaching projects can be seen as having five distinct areas of activity:

  • Idea
  • Implement
  • Evaluate
  • Present
  • Publish.

This guide will explore each in turn below.

Further information and support

For more information and support on any aspect of developing and disseminating your learning and teaching ideas, please do speak with your Director of Learning or Teaching or contact the Surrey Institute of Education for a wide range of advice, including pedagogic research surgeries.