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Formation and Competence Building of University Academic Developers (completed)

While teaching and learning are core activities in universities, there is little research-based knowledge on academic developers, who are entrusted to teach university teachers and guide educational leadership.

About the project

One goal of this project is to develop and strengthen communities of practice among researchers and academic developer in order to increase university pedagogical competence and insight into their development (formation). The project has contributed new knowledge about academic developers' formation and competence building that takes place when they collaborate with university teachers and leaders on the development of study programs and teaching. The development / formation is analyzed and understood in light of public universities' mandates to make higher education a public good and for public good – in the context of the increasing complexity charcaterising universities - a complexity that is a result of competing demands on how institutions should maintain democratic values and strengthen public good.

Members of the project group. Photo: Shane Colvin

Key findings are how the roles and responsibilities of university academic developers have changed in recent years, not least how these are closely linked to universities' management of teaching and learning. The book "Leading Higher Education As and For Public Good - Rekindling Education as Praxis" published on Routledge 2020, presents several of the project's contributions. The project was supposed to end with a final conference on 7 May 2020, but due to Corona, this has been moved to 29 April 2021.


Collaborative partners are researchers and academic developers from Uppsala University, The Arctic University of Tromsø, Örebro University, University College of Dublin, University of Oslo and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill .

Published Sep. 17, 2015 1:27 PM - Last modified Jan. 3, 2022 2:03 PM