Mr Robert McKerlie
- Senior Lecturer (Dental School)
Robert (Rob) McKerlie is a senior lecturer at the dental school who graduated with a MSc (Med Sci) from the University of Glasgow in December 2004, his research investigated the utility and efficacy of e-Learning within dental education. He has over twenty years of experience teaching both undergraduate and post graduates.
Rob’s research focus is in investigating ways to develop and encourage student engagement in learning and teaching, to this end Rob has led the development and implementation of a self-selected study module (SSM) in eLearning where students work in partnership with academic staff to develop learning objects that will be integrated into the curriculum for future years. He has also established a student/staff TELT Partnership that provides the space for staff and students working together to study, design, review and implement technologies to enhance the learning and teaching experience.
Rob is the recipient of two University of Glasgow Teaching Excellence Awards and has gained Senior Fellow status in the University's Recognising Excellence in Teaching (RET) Scheme (equivelent to Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy).
Robert’s main research focuses on Teaching and Learning and he led a group investigating the utility of syndicated learning, work that was supported by a modest grant from the Learning and Teaching Development Fund (LTDF), University of Glasgow.
As a member of a Learning Community of University Teachers at the University of Glasgow, Robert developed his interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). Along with two colleagues from the Learning Community (Dr. Lorna Morrow, Department of Psychology and Dr. Jane MacKenzie, Teaching and learning Centre) and assistance from the University of Glasgow Chancellor's Fund Robert has developed a web-based resource (beSoTLed - http://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/leads/staff/sotl/) aimed at supporting academics engagement with SoTL. This is an important resource that is utilised by those enrolled on the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) at Glasgow University.
With a focus on developing and encouraging student engagement in learning and teaching within the BDS curriculum Robert:
- Led the development and implementation of a self-selected study module (SSM) in eLearning where students work in partnership with academic staff to develop learning objects that will be integrated into the curriculum for future years. In the first year of this SSM the group won best presentation at the University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference.
- established a TELT Partnership Group that provides the space for staff and students working together to study, design, review and implement technologies to enhance the learning and teaching experience.
- Assisted with the development of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) within the BDS Curriculum.
In 2012 Robert was awarded a University of Glasgow Teaching Excellence Award (http://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/leads/staff/awardsandfunds/teachingexcellenceawards/) of a 'Career Distinguished by Significant and Sustained Commitment to Excellence'.
In 2016 Robert was awarded a further University of Glasgow Teaching Excellence Award as a member of the Dental School Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT) Team. The TELT Team were also awarded a College Teaching Excellence Award in the same year.
Robert is the Dental School's Lead for Digital and Online Education, Year 2 (BDS2) Course Coordinator. He leads the teaching of Dental Technology within Restorative Dentistry and alongside his core teaching responsibilities of delivering aspects of Dental Technology to both undergraduate and post graduate dental students.