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					Staff and Departmental
Development Unit




Postgraduates, Research Staff and
other Part-time Teachers
Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011
Postgraduates, Research Staff and
other Part-time Teachers
Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011



                                                                   Contents



Contents ............................................................................................................................................... 2
Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 3
Programme .......................................................................................................................................... 4
   Demonstrating in Laboratories and Practical Classes ...................................................................... 5
   Learning and Teaching in Tutorials, Seminars, Problem Classes and Workshops: Arts, Business,
   ESSL, PVAC ..................................................................................................................................... 5
   Learning and Teaching in Tutorials, Seminars, Problem Classes and Workshops: Maps,
   Environment, Sciences, Engineering ................................................................................................ 5
   Assessing Student Work: Arts, Business, ESSL, PVAC ................................................................... 6
   Assessing Student Work: Maps, Environment, Sciences and Engineering ...................................... 6
   Learning and Teaching in Lectures .................................................................................................. 6
   Evaluating and Developing your Own Teaching Practice ................................................................. 7
   Understanding Student Learning ...................................................................................................... 7
   Working with Student Diversity ......................................................................................................... 8
   Microteaching: an opportunity to practice your teaching ................................................................... 8
   Using the VLE at Leeds in learning and teaching ............................................................................. 9




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Postgraduates, Research Staff and
other Part-time Teachers
Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011




                                           Introduction
This series of workshops is for postgraduate research students who will have teaching
responsibilities during the 2010/11 academic year and for research and other staff who teach on a
part-time basis (for example Teaching Assistants plus library, technician, and research staff) The
content of the workshops is aligned to the UK Professional Standards for Teaching and Supporting
Learning in Higher Education and the University Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research
Students Engaged in Teaching. We do not normally take bookings for more than six participants per
workshop from any one department, but alternatively will arrange something on a discipline specific basis
in your faculty. If numbers are expected to be more than six, please contact us to discuss your needs
further.

N.B. There is no charge for the workshops but failure to take up a pre-booked place without
giving us at least 48 hours notice (except in case of illness or family emergency) will incur a
charge on the participant's department of £30 to cover SDDU costs.

Postgraduate research students should apply for a place via their Postgraduate Tutor or the person in
their School/Department who has responsibility for arranging postgraduate teaching duties and not by
applying directly to SDDU. Staff wishing to book places on the workshops may do so directly. In all
cases the relevant attached form should be returned to Rowan Grant, SDDU, Room G.09, Baines
Wing [ (0113) 343 4191; fax (0113 343 4162);         r.h.grant@adm.leeds.ac.uk]. Places are given
on a first-come, first-served basis; early booking is recommended.




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Postgraduates, Research Staff and
other Part-time Teachers
Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011



                                          Programme
 No.                  Workshop Title                               Date                   Time
 1      Demonstrating in Laboratories and               Thursday 14 October          9.30 – 12.30
        Practical Classes                               Tuesday 11 January           9.30 – 12.30
 2A     Learning and Teaching in Tutorials,             Friday 8 October             9.30 – 12.30
        Seminars, Problem Classes and                   Tuesday 11 January           13.30 – 16.30
        Workshops: Arts, Business, ESSL, PVAC
 2B     Learning and Teaching in Tutorials,             Tuesday 12 October           9.30 – 12.30
        Seminars, Problem Classes and                   Wednesday 19 January         9.30 – 12.30
        Workshops: Maps, Environment,
        Sciences, Engineering
 3A     Assessing Student Work: Arts, Business,         Tuesday 19 October           9.30 – 12.30
        ESSL, PVAC                                      Thursday 20 January          13.30 – 16.30
 3B     Assessing Student Work: Maps,                   Friday 22 October            9.30 – 12.30

        Environment, Sciences and Engineering           Thursday 27 January          9.30 – 12.30

 4      Learning and Teaching in Lectures               Friday 5 November            9.30 – 12.30
                                                     Wednesday 26 January     13.30 – 16.30
       The following sessions are suitable for those who have gained some experience of
       teaching (however limited), and who have attended any of workshops 1-4 (above)
 5      Evaluating and Developing your Own           Wednesday 11 May         13.30 – 16.30
        Teaching Practice
 6      Understanding Student Learning                  Wednesday 25 May             13.30 – 16.30
 7      Working with Student Diversity                  Wednesday 18 May             9.30 – 12.30
 8      Microteaching: an opportunity to practice       Wednesday10 November         10.00 – 12.00
        your teaching                                   Wednesday 17 November        14.00 – 16.00
 The following session is suitable for those who have staff permissions to teach in the VLE
 9      Using the VLE at Leeds in learning and          Tuesday 28 September         13.30 – 16.30
        teaching                                        Monday 17 January            13.30 – 16.30

  This session is also available online throughout the year. To register for the online course please
specify where stated on the booking form. Joining details will be sent direct to participants.


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Postgraduates, Research Staff and
other Part-time Teachers
Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011



 1      Demonstrating in Laboratories and                 Thursday 14 October            9.30 – 12.30
        Practical Classes                                 Tuesday 11 January             9.30 – 12.30

 Tutor:              Dr Clara Davies, SDDU

 This session is particularly relevant to those who work with students in laboratories and practical
 classes.

 Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
 •       Discuss the purposes of laboratory and practical work
 •       Respond to issues in the organisation and management of laboratory and practical classes
 •       Enact the role and tasks of the demonstrator
 •       Utilise skills of explaining and questioning to promote learning and understanding



 2A     Learning and Teaching in Tutorials,               Friday 8 October               9.30 – 12.30
        Seminars, Problem Classes and                     Tuesday 11 January             13.30 – 16.30
        Workshops: Arts, Business, ESSL, PVAC
 2B     Learning and Teaching in Tutorials,               Tuesday 12 October             9.30 – 12.30
        Seminars, Problem Classes and                     Wednesday 19 January           9.30 – 12.30
        Workshops: Maps, Environment,
        Sciences, Engineering

Tutors:              Dr Clara Davies / Rebecca Dearden, SDDU

Objectives: At the end of these workshops, participants will be better able to:
•          Discuss the purposes of small group sessions
•          Design small group sessions to include a range of methods to promote student learning
•          Consider the role of the tutor in using listening and questioning skills to promote an
effective learning experience for students
•          Respond to ‘difficult’ situations in group contexts and ensure that students participate fully
in group work contexts




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other Part-time Teachers
Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011



 3A      Assessing Student Work: Arts, Business,         Tuesday 19 October             9.30 – 12.30
         ESSL, PVAC                                      Thursday 20 January            13.30 – 16.30
 3B      Assessing Student Work: Maps,                   Friday 22 October              9.30 – 12.30
         Environment, Sciences and Engineering           Thursday 27 January            9.30 – 12.30

Tutors:             Dr Clara Davies / Rebecca Dearden, SDDU

 This session is particularly relevant to those who will be required to mark assessed work and give
 feedback to students on their performance.

 Objectives: At the end of these workshops, participants will be better able to:
 •       Discuss reasons for assessing students work
 •       Explore different types of assessment, and what they can assess
 •       Mark work to ensure validity, reliability and transparency
 •       Give useful feedback to students on their work



 4       Learning and Teaching in Lectures               Friday 5 November              9.30 – 12.30
                                                         Wednesday 26 January           13.30 – 16.30

Tutor:        Rebecca Dearden, SDDU

 This session is particularly relevant to those with little experience (from any discipline) who work
 with large groups of students or who will be expected to deliver lecture sessions.

 Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be better able to:
 •       Discuss the main purposes of lectures
 •       Address factors that help (and hinder) learning in large group environments
 •       Prepare and structure lectures or large group teaching sessions
 •       Promote student learning during lectures or large group teaching sessions




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Postgraduates, Research Staff and
other Part-time Teachers
Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011


The following workshop sessions are aimed at postgraduate students, teaching assistants and
research staff from any discipline who have some experience of teaching and who have an interest in
further developing their teaching skills and gaining greater understanding of their role and
responsibilities as an HE teacher. It is expected that participants will have attended one or more of
the above workshops prior to these.


 5       Evaluating and Developing your Own             Wednesday 11 May              13.30 – 16.30
         Teaching Practice

Tutor:        Dr. Clara Davies, SDDU

  This session involves participants in exploring methods of reviewing their teaching so they can
  improve their own teaching practice, and develop their confidence and professionalism as
  teachers in higher education.

  Objectives:      At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
  •      Use a range of methods for gaining feedback on their own teaching
  •      Make use of a variety of ways to evidence reflection on their teaching
  •      Respond appropriately to student feedback
  •      Use reflection as a means to develop as a teaching professional


 6       Understanding Student Learning                 Wednesday 25 May              13.30 – 16.30


Tutor:        Dr Clara Davies, SDDU

This workshop is intended to help participants become better able to help students to learn
successfully, by addressing the principal factors which underpin successful learning.

Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
• Reflect on their own approaches to learning
• Identify principal factors underpinning successful student learning
• Design teaching sessions to promote student learning




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Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011


    7    Working with Student Diversity                  Wednesday 18 May              9.30 – 12.30

Tutor:        Rebecca Dearden, SDDU

The nature of the student population is becoming more diverse. Leeds has a responsibility to provide
an educational environment that meets the learning support needs of all students, and provide equal
opportunities for all students to develop to their full potential.

Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
•         Discuss the diverse nature of the student population in Leeds
•         Understand the legal obligations of the University of Leeds and individual teachers to
provide equal opportunities for all students
•         Consider the impact of diversity on learning and teaching and on learner support
requirements
•         Design inclusive teaching and assessment processes



    8    Microteaching: an opportunity to practice       Wednesday10 November          10.00 – 12.00
         your teaching                                   Wednesday 17 November         14.00 – 16.00

Tutor:        Dr Clara Davies / Rebecca Dearden, SDDU

Microteaching is designed to give you an opportunity to try out a sample of your teaching with a small
group of colleagues and gain feedback. By signing up for this session you commit to prepare a short
presentation (maximum 5 minutes) of some element of your teaching, for example an extract of a
session you are delivering or something you would like to discuss. This may be something that you
are finding particularly challenging about your teaching practice. You will then discuss your
presentation with colleagues and receive feedback. There will be an opportunity for your teaching to
be video recorded.
.
Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

•          Reflect on their own approaches to teaching
•          Analyse their teaching practice
•          Explore ways of improving their teaching practice

This session is designed for a maximum of 6 participants. Full details of how to prepare for the
session will be sent to participants with the reminder of booking (6 weeks prior to the session).




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Postgraduates, Research Staff and
other Part-time Teachers
Learning and Teaching Workshops: October 2010 – May 2011


The following workshop session is aimed at postgraduate students, teaching assistants and research
staff from any discipline who have staff permissions to teach in the VLE.

 9       Using the VLE at Leeds in learning and           Tuesday 28 September           13.30 – 16.30
         teaching                                         Monday 17 January              13.30 – 16.30

Tutor:        Kirsten Thompson/Rebecca Dearden, SDDU


This practical session draws upon the Blackboard 1 and 2 training sessions for academic staff. It is
specifically designed for postgraduate research students and other part-time staff who teach, who
also have staff permissions to teach in the VLE. It will introduce participants to the University’s virtual
learning environment (VLE), and the rich range of tools and options available for supporting face-to
face learning and teaching at Leeds. Participants will explore a wide range of VLE tools (from the
perspective of student and tutor) as well as having the opportunity to discuss the pedagogical
benefits and challenges of technology enhanced learning.

This session is also available online. To register for the online course please specify where stated
on the booking form.



SDDU
Thursday, 24 June 2010




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