Collecting and reporting

You will need to complete three steps to provide evidence of your scholarly activities.

Step 1

Set your annual objective in EDRS

You'll need to use EDRS Manager to set your annual objective(s). In accordance with the Scholarly Activity Framework, you'll 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 cycle, you’ll need to document and receive Head of School endorsement for:

  • the nature of the activity 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 activity (e.g. peer review, course development, attend and/or present at professional learning events)
  • what artefact(s) will evidence the achievement of the objective
  • when it will be completed by (generally by the next annual EDRS meeting)
  • why this is a priority.
Step 2

Submit your 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.

You can also consult the Library Resources Guide – CRO: Adding Research Outputs, Impact, Engagement and Scholarly Activities which includes step-by-step instructions on how to get started in CRO, adding your artefact and your reflection.

Step 3

Complete a reflection in CRO

At the completion of the cycle, you’ll need to complete a brief reflection using the Activity submission form in CRO. Your reflection should:

  • outline the impact on teaching practice and the student experience your scholarly activity has had
  • be any kind of digital format, such as a document or blog, but must be linked to the artefact in CRO
  • link to the evidence submitted at Step 2 and incorporate responses to each of the guiding questions below.

What? (Descriptive)

  • What happened?
  • What did it look like?
  • What was my role?
  • How did I engage?

So what? (Reflective)

  • Why was this important?
  • What did I learn from this?
  • How will/did it impact my teaching, or the teaching of others?
  • How will/did it impact on students’ learning and achievement of outcomes?

Now what? (Implementation)

  • What will I do in my classroom, planning, curriculum design, interactions with students/colleagues, use of technology, marking, etc… as a result of engaging in this scholarship opportunity?
  • How might I adapt this to suit my context/students/discipline?
  • How will I evaluate the practices I put in place?

Common questions

During 2022 and moving forward, sessional staff who teach substantively into subjects are required to record a scholarly activity.

Sessional staff are encouraged to use the information on this page to submit their reflection to CRO.

For additional support, please contact the DLT Sub Dean Academic Development.

If you are supervising students (including honours and HDR students) and therefore have some involvement in their learning outcomes then yes you will need to set an annual scholarship objective.

When you leave Charles Sturt you lose access to CRO but the vast majority of artefacts submitted as research output can be automatically synced with ORCiD if you register for a unique identifier. Unfortunately the metadata in ORCiD does not necessarily match the same metadata used in CRO for other categories such as ‘Activity’ so it can’t be synced automatically.

The CRO Business Administrator can assist with downloading your non-research output submissions (including anything you set as confidential) from CRO, before you leave Charles Sturt, into a format that may minimise the amount of manual input into your new institutions equivalent database.


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