Strategies and Solutions using the Research Skill Development Framework to promote campus-wide research-oriented teaching and cultural shifts

Year: 2021

Author: Loy, Kara, Sylvia, Tiala, Massie, Merle

Type of paper: Symposium

For some time now the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework has been used by instructors when implementing research into courses and programs. But, it can also be used by academic staff and educational developers as a tool for professional development and as a catalyst for strategic innovation. The RSD framework is a tool which can generate and renew interest in the research and teaching nexus in productive and collegial ways. For instance, the authors have used the RSD to: 1.articulate the activities and developing autonomy for students conducting undergraduate research in course-based and co-curricular activities; 2.establish foci for professional development around instructional design, pedagogy innovation and research supervision; 3. provide a common lexicon for instructors crafting teaching portfolios, award dossiers, grant applications, and assessment rubrics; 3. chart curriculum and program redesign and alignment in realizing experiential learning and micro-credentialing (badging); 4. promote and map overlapping deliverables for research and teaching across campus activities and unit objectives. The authors have collaborated with others within and across institutions to build communities of practice that structure conversations, deliver support, reduce isolation, facilitate knowledge exchange, celebrate achievements, and archive activities and resources via the RSD framework. Using practical examples and challenges from our day-to-day work, we will present the tried and true ways –and what’s still possible—around the implementation of the RSD framework as a problem-solver and strategic tool.Willison, J. & O’Regan, K., (2019). The research skill development framework. Retrieved from