Dr Kerry Dobbins

Professional Development Advisor

Contact details

Email: kd154@le.ac.uk
Tel: 0116 229 7548

Responsibilities

Kerry’s work is centred on the various facets of the University’s Professional Educational Excellence and Recognition Scheme (PEERS). She teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice (PGCAPP) and is the module convenor for the second module in this course, which is ‘Enhancing Academic Practice in Higher Education’. She supports academic staff in writing Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship applications via the PEERS experiential route and is also the convenor for Preparing to Teach in Higher Education, which is a short course for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and PhD students who teach. Kerry runs further sessions and events for GTAs and PhD students who teach to support the development of their teaching skills and is currently exploring methods to extend this support via the online environment.

Outside of PEERS, Kerry is Secretary for the Teaching Enhancement Project Fund (TEPF) and provides advice and guidance to staff in developing TEPF applications. Prior to joining the LLI, Kerry was a project researcher in the Department of Medical and Social Care Education investigating the use of intended learning outcomes (ILOs) by students and academic staff. She also developed an online resource for students about ways in which ILOs could be used to support and enhance their studies.

Expertise

  • The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)
  • The use of ILOs in HE
  • Teaching innovation within HE
  • Educational development

Qualifications/Roles

Co-chair of the ‘Discovering Teaching Excellence at Leicester’ Conference and Exhibition, 4-5 July 2017.
PhD (The scholarship of teaching and learning: its relevance in the current higher education context in England)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching: Higher Education
MSc in Educational Research Methods
BA (Hons) Education and English

Teaching

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice (PGCAPP)
Preparing to Teach in Higher Education

Research

Kerry has been involved in researching the use of ILOs from student and academic staff perspectives and has published two papers in this area. She has also investigated academic staff engagement in SoTL and innovative teaching practices. Currently, along with her PEERS team members, she is exploring the impact of applying for and gaining HEA Fellowships on individuals’ teaching experiences and practices.

Publications

Dobbins, K., Brooks, S., Scott, J.J.A., Rawlinson, M. and Norman, R. (2016) Understanding and enacting learning outcomes: the academic’s perspective. Studies in Higher Education, vol.41(7), pp.1217-1235.
Fell, P. L., Dobbins, K. and Dee, P. (2016), Bioscience learning in clinical placement: the experiences of pre-registration nursing students. Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol.25, pp.2694–2705.
Wordsworth, S., Abbott, H., Dobbins, K. and Fell, P. (2016) Exploring the importance of learning biosciences as a way of developing safe practice in Operating Department Practice (ODP). Journal of Pedagogic Development, vol.6(2), pp.65-76.
Brooks, S., Dobbins, K., Scott, J.J.A., Rawlinson, M. and Norman, R. (2014) Learning about learning outcomes: the student perspective. Teaching in Higher Education, vol.19(6), pp. 721-733.
Freeman, R. and Dobbins, K. (2013) Are we serious about enhancing courses? Using the principles of assessment for learning to enhance course evaluation. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, vol.38(2), pp.142-151.
Dobbins, K. (2011) Reflections on SoTL by a casual lecturer: personal benefits, long-term challenges. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, vol.5(2), pp.1-4.
Dobbins, K. (2010) Increasing student numbers and the scholarship of teaching and learning: exploring connections, impacts, and ‘quality’, Gateway Papers: A Journal for Pedagogic Research in Higher Education, vol.1.
Gutteridge, R and Dobbins, K. (2010) Service user and carer involvement in learning and teaching: a faculty of health staff perspective, Nurse Education Today, vol.30(6), pp. 509-514.
Dobbins, K. (2009) Feeding innovation with Learning Lunches: contextualising academic innovation in higher education, Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol.33(4), pp.411-422.
Dobbins, K. (2009) Teacher creativity within the current education system: a case-study of the perceptions of primary teachers, Education 3-13, vol.37(2), pp.95-104.
Dobbins, K. (2008) Enhancing the scholarship of teaching and learning: a study of the factors identified as promoting and hindering the scholarly activities of academics in one faculty, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, vol.2(2).

Conference presentations:

Higher Education Academy (HEA), Developing disciplinary communities in STEM - Enhancement Event, 21 May 2015. Presentation title – ‘Putting the learning in learning outcomes’.

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), Annual Research Conference, 10-12 December 2014. Presentation title – ‘Using “learning outcomes” in higher education: where is the evidence?’

University of Leicester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2014. Presentation title: - ‘Showcasing the Learning Outcomes Online Resource’.

University of Leicester Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2014. Presentation title: - ‘Investigating “learning outcomes” in higher education: what and where is the evidence?’

NET: Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference, Cambridge, September 2014. Presentation title: - ‘Exploring health care students’ views and experiences of learning biosciences whilst on placement’.

Centre for Research in Education Seminar, Birmingham City University, 8 May 2012
Presentation title – ‘The changing context of teaching in higher education: interviews with HE teachers’.

British Educational Research Association (BERA), Annual Conference, 6-8 September 2011. Presentation title – ‘Scholarship under threat? The changing higher education context and the scholarship of teaching and learning’.

Centre for Research in Education Conference, Birmingham City University, 14 July 2011. Presentation title – ‘The scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education: a threatened concept or a potentially transformational one?’

Kaleidoscope Conference, University of Cambridge, 1 June 2011. Presentation title – ‘The scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education: a threatened concept or a potentially transformational one?’

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), Annual Research Conference, 14-16 December 2010. Presentation title – ‘Academic voices on outstanding teaching and exceptional learning in current contexts’.

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), Postgraduate and Newer Researchers Conference, 13-14 December 2010. Presentation title – ‘Competing within the global knowledge economy: the paradox for innovation and scholarship in higher education’.

2nd Annual Birmingham City University Learning and Teaching Festival, Birmingham City University, 8 July 2009. Presentation title - ‘A collaborative exploration of the do’s and don’ts for student engagement in evaluation’.

The Fourth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Learning Outside the Square, The Reinvention Centre, Oxford Brookes and Warwick Universities, 6 April 2009. Presentation title - “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself” (Chinese proverb): Development and use of collaborative learning space in a health care education setting.
‘Detecting the Evidence’ – University of Northampton, 2 April 2009. Presentation title - ‘Challenges of University and Service User and Carer Collaboration: The experience of one research project in the Faculty of Health at Birmingham City University’.

Festival of Learning 2009, HEA – Health Sciences and Practices, University of Wolverhampton, 10-12 March 2009. Presentation title - ‘A collaborative exploration of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ for student engagement in research and evaluation’.

ISSOTL 2008 Conference (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Alberta, Canada, 16-19 October 2008. Presentation title - ‘Challenges facing the scholarship of teaching and learning: a study of the factors identified as promoting or hindering the scholarly activities of academics’.

Sharing Research: A Faculty Wide Perspective - Birmingham City University, 23 November 2007. Presentation title - ‘A study of the factors that affect the priority given to learning and teaching in the Faculty of Health’.
Authenticity to Action, Involving Service Users and Carers in Higher Education Grange over Sands, organised by UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) 7-9 November 2007. Presentation title - ‘Service user and carer involvement in learning and teaching’.

 

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