Exploring Interdisciplinary Academic Literacy via a Faculty Learning Community: Designing a Rubric (74085)

Session Information: Innovative & Interdisciplinary Teaching in Practice
Session Chair: Alvin Leong

Saturday, 25 November 2023 16:35
Session: Session 4
Room: Room C (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Developing academic literacy skills through interdisciplinary teaching and learning in higher education will require a shift in pedagogical design and approaches. To gain a clearer understanding of what academic literacy skills are required for interdisciplinary teaching and learning for undergraduates, and to evaluate the learning development of learners through our teaching approaches, we formed a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) to explore how students develop interdisciplinary academic literacy skills through collaboration in interdisciplinary teams. FLCs are collaborative groups of faculty and staff engaged in a structured and sustained professional development programme designed to foster development in pedagogical innovation and enhance student learning. The aim of this paper is to describe the process of designing an interdisciplinary academic literacy rubric carried out in three phases over a period of 18 months. In the first phase, members of the FLC, comprising four faculty and two librarians, met monthly to study interdisciplinarity and academic literacy skills through discussing related literature which formed the background information for the first draft of the rubric. A competition was organized in the second phase, where students formed interdisciplinary teams of four to pitch a proposal in which they designed an innovative solution to solve a real-world problem. We collected data in the form of reflection blogs and surveys to gather students’ collaborative process. In the third phase, the documented data was used to revise the descriptors in the final rubric. We believe the rubric has the potential to inform curriculum development and course design for the academic community.

Mia Huan Tan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Alvin Leong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yew Boon Chia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Jia Xuan Ho, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Sandra Lam, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lena Sam, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Tan Mia Huan is a Senior Lecturer in the Language and Communication Centre at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00