Centre for Learning and Teaching


Disciplinary Thinking project

The Disciplinary Thinking project arose from an interest in how academic experts think and practise in their discipline. Much of this expertise has become tacit or subconscious as a result of many years of experience (much like driving a car or riding a bicycle becomes more automatic over time). However, it is important for these experts to be able to articulate these ways of thinking and practising in order to help their students to learn.

It is hoped that the materials produced by this project will go some way towards helping academics to unpack and express some of the aspects of their discipline, both through thinking explicitly about their own approaches and through discussions with colleagues from different subject areas.

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Project resources and materials

The project produced a set of open educational resources (OERs) for free use under a Creative Commons licence. The materials feature the equivalent of 300 study hours’ worth of Masters Level resources intended to aid educational developers in the design and delivery of PGCert courses and professional development workshops in higher education.

Presented mainly as Word documents and PowerPoint files, the materials are flexible and adaptable. They have been produced by experienced educational developers with input and feedback from colleagues nationally and internationally.

The materials are categorised under 8 themes including feedback, learning spaces, e-learning and values, and are mapped to the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching & Supporting Learning (UKPSF) for ease of use by accredited programmes. They are designed to elicit dialogue and reflection on disciplinary ways of thinking and practising.

The resources are hosted by the University of Bath and can be accessed via: