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Quality teaching is critical in the academic environment, with increasing pressure to develop metrics and quality assurance systems. A culture with improved teaching quality is likely to improve student learning (Cox, McIntosh, Reason & Terenzini, 2011), but in order to better understand the influence of culture on teaching, we need specific measurable indicators. Eight Ontario institutions received funding from a Ministry Productivity and Innovation Fund grant, and developed a Teaching Culture Perception Survey (Hénard & Roseveare, 2012) to explore factors that indicate a culture that promotes quality teaching in higher education. The questions were used to facilitate data collection in on-line survey formats and also focus group settings. The surveys were piloted, and focus groups were run at three institutions – Windsor, Western, and McMaster. Students, faculty and administrators shared their perception of the quality teaching culture based on their personal experience and knowledge.

The surveys were adapted based on the focus group feedback. These surveys were distributed across two phases at six institutions- Waterloo, Queens and Calgary for the first phase and Western, Windsor and Brock for the second phase. The results of the second phase can be found in the Institutional Teaching Culture Perception Surveys 2018 Preliminary Report for the Research Ethics Board. For other reports, visit our Publications, Presentations, and Awards page.

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Productivity Innovation Fund (PIF), Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.