Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Collecting and Reporting

Scholarship means those activities 'concerned with gaining new or improved understanding, appreciation and insights into a field of knowledge, and engaging with and keeping up to date with advances in the field. This includes advances in ways of teaching and learning in the field and advances in professional practice, as well as advances in disciplinary knowledge through original research'. (TEQSA Guidance Note on Scholarship, December 2018).  A requirement of TEQSA is that providers must submit information about outputs from the activities that staff engage in as evidence of scholarship.

There are several steps involved in planning and evidencing your scholarship.

Step 1: Set your annual scholarship objective in EDRS

EDRS Manager will be used to set your annual scholarship objective. In accordance with the Scholarship Development Framework you will need to include at least one scholarship objective as part of your draft EDRS plan for the following year. Much like any other EDRS objective, at the start of each new scholarship cycle you’ll need to document and receive Head of School endorsement for:

  • the nature of the scholarship you plan to undertake and, with reference to the Scholarly Environment Model, the most appropriate of the five scholarly activity categories
  • how you plan to undertake that scholarship—e.g. literature review, data analysis, attend and/or present at professional learning events
  • what artefact(s) will evidence the achievement of the scholarship objective
  • when it will be completed by (generally by the next annual EDRS meeting)
  • why this is a scholarship priority

Step 2: Submit your scholarship artefact (output) to CRO

Evidence of your scholarly activity should be captured as artefacts, which will be stored in the Charles Sturt University Research Output (CRO) repository. CRO has the capacity to store a wide range of artefacts including but not limited to the examples outlined in the Scholarly Environment Model.

Step 3: Complete a reflection in CRO

At the completion of the scholarship cycle you’ll need to complete a brief reflection using the Activity submission form in CRO that outlines the impact on teaching practice and the student experience your scholarly activity has had. Your reflection should link to the evidence submitted at Step 2 and incorporate responses to each of the following guiding questions:

  1. What motivated you to undertake this scholarly activity and what did you do and/or produce?
  2. What did you learn that is relevant for your teaching?
  3. How did it make a difference to your teaching and/or the student experience?

To further assist your reflection, there are some additional questions (adapted from the NSW Department of Education) under each of those principal guiding questions. There is no expectation that you address any or all of these additional questions in your reflection but they may be of some assistance.