Preparing to Teach in Higher Education Course

The Preparing to Teach in Higher Education course sets the scene for research students, research staff and any other academic or academic-related staff who are not doing a lot of teaching, but may be engaged in activities such as teaching small groups, marking students’ work and demonstrating in practical classes.

More resources and support specifically for GTAs and postgraduate researchers who teach can be found here.

The Preparing to Teach in Higher Education course encourages you to:

  • Examine your role as a new teacher;
  • Look at your part in helping students learn;
  • Consider the ideas around what good teaching and learning looks like.

There are two strands to the course and participants should choose the one that most closely relates to the type of teaching that they will be doing. Each strand requires participants to attend two particular sessions.  **Participants only need to attend one strand to complete the course.

Strand A:

Participants should choose this strand if they are teaching in discussion-based seminar/workshop/tutorial-type sessions.

Outline:

The first session will cover two key topics:

  • Developing effective learning environments
  • Small group teaching

The second session will cover:

  • Effective feedback principles
  • Session planning activities

Strand B:

Participants should choose this strand if they are taking a more practical and/or demonstrating role in their teaching.  This could include demonstrating in lab or computer-based sessions.

Outline:

The first session will cover three key topics:

  • Developing effective learning environments in practical settings
  • Small group teaching in practical settings
  • Effective feedback principles

The second session is a ‘Demonstrating in practical classes’ workshop.

You must be able to attend both sessions within the relevant strand to gain your Certificate of Attendance. If you are unsure which strand to choose, please contact Dr Kerry Dobbins, kd154@le.ac.uk.

Dates:

Strand AFor those teaching in discussion-based seminar/workshop/tutorial-type sessions
September run Apologies but this run is now fully booked.


October run Apologies but this run is now fully booked.

Strand BFor those who will be demonstrating or teaching in practical contexts like laboratories
July run Apologies but this run is now fully booked.

September run To request a place on this run, please complete this online form
First session Monday 23rd September 2019 10am - 2pm
Second session Wednesday 25th September 2019 2pm - 4pm

Participants only need to attend one strand to complete the course.

**The course is always in high demand. Priority will be given to those who are currently teaching or who will be teaching in the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year and who have not attended any previous Preparing to Teach in Higher Education course (either Strand A or Strand B).

Location

All sessions (apart from the 'Demonstrating in Practical Classes' workshop) will usually take place in the Leicester Learning Institute, 103-105 Princess Road East, Leicester. Specific location details (e.g. room numbers) will be confirmed to participants before each session.

The Blackboard Site

Once you enrol onto the course, you will be enrolled onto the Preparing to Teach in Higher Education Blackboard site. This site contains all the relevant information, materials and resources that you will need to complete the course. In the ‘Materials and Activities’ section of the site, you will find all the pre-session and face-to-face session materials that you will need to engage with. A variety of post-session materials will also be available to further support you in your teaching role once you have completed the course.

Who should attend

Preparing to Teach in Higher Education is an introductory course for those new to teaching. It is a basic level course and is not aimed at participants who already have teaching experience.  If you do already have teaching experience and you are teaching 20 hours or more per academic year, you may want to consider undertaking the University’s Supporting Learning in Higher Education course (30 credits). Completion of this course will enable you to achieve Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.  Please note though that part-time tutors that are registered as PhD students cannot also be registered for this course

Waiting list

If you cannot attend the above dates, please add your details to the waiting list by filling in this online form**.

You will be notified directly once the next set of dates are being advertised. **Please note that this does not automatically book you on to the next run of the course. It does, however, ensure that you will be notified first once bookings for the next run have opened.

If you have any enquiries about the course, please contact Dr Kerry Dobbins, kd154@le.ac.uk

Download the Handbook for more information about the course.  This handbook also contains general teaching advice and guidance that will help you in your teaching role.

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