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Development of a Shared Vision for Flexible Inter-Institutional Professional Development using the OOFAT Model

Costelloe, Laura and Nerantzi, Chrissi and O'Brien, Emma and Reale, Jean and O'Sullivan, Ide (2020) Development of a Shared Vision for Flexible Inter-Institutional Professional Development using the OOFAT Model. International Journal of Management and Applied Research, 7 (3). pp. 240-256. ISSN 2056-757X

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Abstract

Given the increasing pressure higher education institutions are facing, collaboration is key to increase capacity to address competing demands. The professional development (PD) of academic staff has been identified as one of the key priority areas in the modernisation of Higher Education to support them to cope with growing numbers, more diverse student groups and a dynamic environment. There is a need for a flexible approach to PD that leverages from formal and informal approaches to allow academic staff to upskill while practicing. Many Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) are collaborating in this area to exchange best practice and increase the PD activities they offer to their staff. However, each HEI has different strategies, cultures and institutional needs. To allow them to collaborate they need to develop a shared vision in the area of PD. This paper discusses the FLEXIpath project in which three HEIs are collaborating to extend their PD provision to enhance academic practice. It explores the role of a visual modelling approach, (specifically the OOFAT model), in facilitating the development of a shared roadmap for the provision of collaborative PD through negotiation and scaffolded discussion.

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