Preparing to Teach in Higher Education


Course description


Preparing to Teach in Higher Education is a short course that provides a basic introduction to teaching in HE.

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.

Strand A

Strand A is appropriate for those who will be teaching or supporting learning in seminars or workshops that involve engaging students in class and group-based discussions about the subject material and topics being covered.

Strand B

This strand is appropriate for those who will be teaching, supporting learning or demonstrating in sessions that involve students in carrying out practical tasks or activities (e.g. in labs or fieldwork sessions).  Teaching assistants in Engineering and Maths should also complete this strand.

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


Strand A
Wednesday, 8 January 2020 (Time: 10am – 2.30pm)
Friday, 10 January 2020 Time: (10am – 12pm)
Both sessions must be attended.

Strand B
Thursday, 9 January 2020 (Time: 10am – 2pm)
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 (Time: 2pm – 4pm)
Both sessions must be attended.
What will I get out of this course?
The course will enable you to examine your role as a new teacher, look at your part in helping students learn and consider the ideas around what good teaching and learning looks like.
In Strand A you will cover the following topics:
  • Developing effective learning environments;
  • Approaches to small group teaching;
  • Effective feedback principles.
In Strand B you will cover the following topics:
  • Developing effective learning environments in practical settings;
  • Active learning principles;
  • Effective feedback principles.
Who is it for?
The course is for those who are doing a limited amount of teaching and/or supporting learning, and who may be engaged in activities such as teaching seminars/workshops and demonstrating in practical classes.  These colleagues may include:
  • Postgraduate researchers (PGRs)
  • Research staff
  • Professional services staff
Participant preparation needed?

There will be some reading that participants are required to do prior to the first session.  The reading should take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

Additional Information

The course is open to all but priority for attendance will be given to those who are currently or about to start teaching.

What prior experience do I need? No prior experience required.
Formal assessment?

None.  This is not an assessed course but participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


Dr Kerry Dobbins and Dr Alex Patel (Leicester Learning Institute)

Delegate places

Maximum 24 delegates
Minimum 10 delegates

How to make
your reservation

To book a place:

Please follow the instructions on the Preparing to Teach in Higher Education webpage to request a place:

Registration closes 48 hours prior to the event.


About the workshop content:

Dr Kerry Dobbins (Leicester Learning Institute) email: Tel: (0116) 229 7548.

About the workshop arrangements:

Dr Kerry Dobbins email: Tel: (0116) 229 7548

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Course Code: SDCTR108


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Organisational Development,
Division of Human Resources,
University of Leicester,
Room 004 (ground floor),
Astley Clarke Building,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH





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