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Standards for Scholarship in Higher Education: a solution-focused approach so scholarship is visible, monitored, measured and met

Tuesday 2 July: Pre-conference parallel workshop, 1:30pm – 4:30pm



Room 206-314



Andrea Carr1
University of Tasmania, Hobart

Jo-Anne Kelder1
University of Tasmania, Hobart

Deborah King2
University of Melbourne, Melbourne

Catherine Moore3
Edith Cowan University, Perth

Melanie Williams4
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne


Presentation type

Pre-conference workshop


Overview of workshop

A higher education provider registered in any category must be able to satisfy TEQSA that its staff are active in scholarship of some kind that informs their teaching.” [1]

The workshop is highly interactive and solution focused. It will begin with a presentation on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)’s ‘Guidance Note: Scholarship’. Facilitators will lead workshop participants in discussion focused on three key questions:

  1. To what extent are higher education institutions paying attention to the national standards and guidance on requirements for scholarship?
  2. What are the challenges and barriers to scholarship standards being visible, monitored, measured and met?
  3. What opportunities and strategic actions will support an institution to incorporate scholarship into their infrastructure for learning and teaching (quality framework, governance instruments and monitoring and reporting schedules)?

Participants will be invited to form small groups and work on structured activities designed to collectively identify strategic initiatives and develop an action plan.


Target audience

The workshop is relevant for teachers (unit and course coordinators), Heads of Learning and Teaching interested in exploring how to enable and demonstrate ‘scholarship’ in their institution.


Intended outcomes for participants

  • Understand the specific threshold HESF standards referencing scholarship, and the implications for their institution and its quality frameworks (in particular TEQSA Guidance Note: Scholarship).
  • Identify the problem dimensions: standards for scholarship visible and acted on by individuals and institutions?
  • Develop an action plan.


Outline of activities

Time Activity
20 min Presentation – TEQSA Guidance Note: Scholarship
50 min Discussion – three questions, sharing examples from the field
20 min Activity 1 – Micro-level strategic actions (focus on a course)
20 min Activity 2 – Meso-level strategic actions (link and leverage institutional levers)
20 min Activity 3 – Macro-level strategic actions (linking cross-institutionally; collaborative actions)
20 min

Bringing it together

Develop a personal action plan

Invitation – join our network for building scholarship capacity


Conference Sub-themes

The workshop addresses Sub-theme 3, Tertiary Institutions: Governance and Management. The requirement to undertake scholarship is embedded in the Higher Education Provider Category Standards, the Australian University Category Standards, the Provider Course Accreditation Standards and the Criteria Authorising Self-Accrediting Authority. Compliance with these standards should fall within the remit of higher education institutions’ governance arrangements. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests that scholarship that informs teaching and learning is an undervalued and largely invisible activity at best; at worst it may be neglected altogether. This workshop addresses the Governance and Management sub-theme by aiming to assist higher education providers develop strategies to incorporate explicitly the scholarship of teaching and learning into their governance structures, processes and instruments so that it can be made visible, monitored, measured, met and reported.



[1] TEQSA (4 December 2018). “Guidance Note – Scholarship” Version 2.4. Last accessed 4 December 2018


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