Mentor, supervisor, assignments and assessment

Intended learning outcomes

After the supervision and assessment process, the participants should be able to:
  • plan, implement, and evaluate:
    • teaching based on constructive alignment
    • learning activities relative to ILOs and educational context
    • assessment tasks relative to ILOs and educational context
  • identify and apply relevant pedagogical theories and didactic principles and methods
  • discuss teaching/learning praxis with colleagues and peers
  • supervise projects and theses
  • identify and use technology for learning activities and assessment tasks
  • reflect on learning activities, assessment tasks, teaching praxis and own development as a teacher

Mentor

The assistant professor will throughout the course be assigned an experienced ITU colleague as mentor. The mentor will observe the assistant professor's teaching and examination and provide feedback. They will discuss constructive alignment, teaching plans and execution as well as project and thesis supervision and other related themes from the handbook "Good advice for new faculty"; such as balancing demands, stress, handling insecurity, handling own and student expectations. Read about appointment and overall role of mentor here.

The following activities should be completed during the course of the Teacher Development Programme:

Activity
Description
1.
Planning meeting between assistant professor, external supervisor and mentor – 1 hour
The meeting is held jointly with the external supervisor. A plan for all supervision activities is agreed upon and documented (template).


E.g. it is decided which teaching-related activities should be observed by the mentor and supervisor respectively. The document is to be uploaded to your portfolio once you have completed the module.
2.
1st mentor meeting on life as faculty member - 1 hour
The mentor is expected to have a dialogue with the assistant professor on topics such as;
- Advice regarding the choice of teaching obligations that the assistant professor takes on (also in a career perspective).
- Other related themes from the handbook "Good advice for new faculty"; such as balancing demands, stress, handling insecurity, handling own and student expectations.
It is the responsibility of the assistant professor to select themes from the book and to forward them to the mentor in advance.
3.
Observation of 1 teaching session -minimum 1 hour
The mentor will observe the assistant professor teach once, using the feedback framework for mentors which can be downloaded here.
4.
Feedback on above teaching session – 1,5 hours
The mentor and assistant professor will meet and discuss the teaching, using the feedback framework for mentors which can be downloaded here.
5.
Mentor meeting on teaching plan – 2 hours
The mentor is particularly responsible for ensuring that the Assistant Professor has developed a solid teaching plan with well aligned intended learning outcomes (SOLO taxonomy), learning activities and plans for an appropriate assessment method/exam form in relation to a concrete course taught during the course of the Teacher Development programme.

The assistant professor is responsible for forwarding a draft of the teaching plan to the mentor before the meeting.
6.
Observation of 1 exam – 1 hour
The mentor will observe the assistant professor run minimum 1 exam. The assistant professor is responsible for booking the mentor for an exam.
7.
Feedback on above exam session – 1,5 hours
The mentor and assistant professor will meet and discuss the examination, using the feedback framework which can be downloaded here.
8.
Thesis supervision -preparatory meeting (before the supervision of the student takes place) – 2 hours
The mentor will assist the Assistant Professor in organising thesis supervision of a student. (If the assistant professor only functions as co-supervisor this will also be accepted, as long as the assistant professor takes an active role).
. The mentor and the Assistant professor will carry out:
- One preparing meeting (before the supervision takes place)
- One reflection meeting (halfway through the supervision period)
9.
Thesis supervision – reflection meeting) (halfway through the supervision period) – 2 hours
See above
After the meeting write reflections for portfolio, ½ page. References to TDP literature required.
10.
2nd mentor meeting on life as faculty member - 1 hour
The mentor is expected to have a dialogue with the assistant professor on topics such as;
- Advice regarding the choice of teaching obligations that the assistant professor takes on (also in a career perspective).
- Other related themes from the handbook "Good advice for new faculty"; such as balancing demands, stress, handling insecurity, handling own and student expectations.
It is the responsibility of the assistant professor to select themes from the book and to forward them to the mentor in advance.

The Mentor participates in the final assessment of the assistant professor.

Supervisor
An external supervisor (higher education teaching specialist) will be appointed to each assistant professor.The external supervisor observes three teaching/assessment activities and provides feedback.


The following activities should be completed during the course of the Teacher Development Programme:

1.
Planning meeting
The meeting is held jointly with the internal mentor. A plan for all supervision activities is agreed upon and documented. E.g. it is decided which teaching-related activities should be observed by the mentor and supervisor respectively.
2.
Observation and feedback
The supervisor will observe and give feedback to
- three teaching sessions or supervision or examination
3.
Written assignments
The supervisor and the assistant professor will jointly decide on the topics/problem statements of the two mandatory written assignments. The supervisor will provide feedback to both assignments.

The supervisor participates in the final assessment of the assistant professor.

Written assignments
The assistant professor will submit two written assignments to the supervisor. . The assignments will be documented in the Portfolio. References to the programme literature is mandatory. Please read here about the requirements for the assignments.

Large mandatory assignment (2-3 days work - 21 hours). 5-7 standard A4-pages in length.
Small mandatory assignment (1-2 days work - 14 hours). 4-5 standard A4-pages in length

On point 9) writtten reflections on experience as (co)-supervisor on a project or thesis, ½ page. References to TDP literature required.

Assessment process

The external supervisor and the internal mentor prepare a short statement of teaching competence where the assessment is based on the intended learning outcomes. The assessment is made in both qualitative and quantitative terms, the latter scaled according to the levels: “extraordinarily competent”, “very competent”, “competent” and “not competent”. The final assessment will be carried out by the Head of Department. The HoD will assess the portfolio, the statement of the external supervisor and the internal mentor and will recommend that the assistant professor pass or not.