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Learning & Teaching Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops

Our interactive learning and teaching workshops provide overviews of key areas based on exploring the inter-relationship between learning and teaching.  The workshops link together and can be taken in any combination or can standalone.  They provide ideas for consideration, provoke discussion around personal practice and experience, and give you opportunities to develop new approaches based on previously effective strategies.  All workshops take place on the Stag Hill Campus of the University.  Please note that places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Our interactive learning and teaching workshops provide overviews of key areas based on exploring the inter-relationship between learning and teaching.  The workshops link together and can be taken in any combination or can standalone.  They provide ideas for consideration, provoke discussion around personal practice and experience, and give you opportunities to develop new approaches based on previously effective strategies.  All workshops take place on the Stag Hill Campus of the University.  Please note that places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on our workshops, please contact Miss Bronte Williams

To book your place on a workshop please use this link

The following workshops are available imminently, and further workshops will be available during 2018.

Workshop Title

Workshop Description

Date

Work based learning solutions

The workshop focuses on students’ learning outside of university when they are in the “world of work” or on placement.

Work based learning is different to that experienced at university and can highlight unique issues such as struggling to connect theory and practice, lack of confidence and being unable to identify what and when to learn. A placement experience can also be transformative with the right level of awareness and support.

The workshop is an opportunity to discuss these issues and by focusing on real life issues will enable you to support your students better.

Friday 27th October 2017,

 

10am-12pm

Student engagement in lectures and seminars

Participants have the opportunity to create their own strategies for engagement involving students before formal teaching begins (“flipped classroom”), in the learning space and once the formal teaching session has ended. The workshop will draw on best practice to give students very practical advice on the importance and skill of keeping students actively engaged with their learning.

Tuesday 7th November 2017,

 

1pm-3pm

Challenges of cross-cultural communication in Higher Education

 

The following workshop aims to question some of our practices and attitudes we have when we interact with people from other cultures.  We will explore three main areas of cross-cultural differences which happen to be most problematic in Higher Education: time-perception; distance to the hierarchy; and individualism-collectivism.  The workshop will combine theory, practical case-studies and group discussions.  It is open to anybody interested or currently working with international people (either on research, or teaching), as well as to international staff working in the UK.

Thursday 9th November 2017,

 

10am-12pm

Introduction to Teaching and Learning

Participants explore “helpful” and “unhelpful” teaching characteristics and how these may be affected by the current climate in higher education. The workshop identifies physical, socio psychological and cultural factors that may influence the engagement of students in their learning. Participants gain a brief overview of adult learning theory and have the opportunity to apply this by generating a teaching method and assessment for a learning case study. 

Thursday 9th November 2017,

 

1pm-3pm

Assessment and Feedback

This workshop considers some of the fundamental aspects of setting appropriate assessment and how feedback affects our relationship with learners. It offers some suggestions to       enhance both our assessment practice and provision of feedback.

Friday 10th November 2017, 1pm-3pm

All you wanted to know about pedagogy but were too afraid to ask (open forum)

In this workshop, participants will be provided with a short introduction on the concepts of pedagogy from the theoretical to the practical.  It will also provide space and time for an open forum where participants will have the opportunity to ask any questions or discuss any challenges that they face relating to learning and teaching.

Tuesday 14th November 2017,

 

1pm-3pm

Mini-microteaching

This workshop is aimed at participants with little or no teaching experience.  It offers the opportunity to get some hands on experience of teaching accompanied by some immediate feedback.  As a participant of this workshop you will be expected to teach a small group of peers (your fellow microteaching colleagues) for 5 minutes on a topic of your choice that you have prepared in advance.   This will be followed by 5 minutes of feedback from peers and the workshop facilitator on the session taught.

Wednesday 15th November 2017,

 

10am-1pm

Understanding mental health in higher education

The workshop provides a brief overview of the state of student mental health in the UK covering the challenges faced by students and the impact on their mental wellbeing. The session includes case studies giving an overview of the risk factors and protective characteristics, how to manage a student displaying MH issues and how to support that student. Finally the session provides some insight into how to support your own mental wellbeing

Thursday 16th November 2017,

 

10am-12pm

Observing and being Observed

With the roll out of a campus-wide peer observation of teaching scheme, it is important that colleagues are able to gain the maximum benefit from the process of both being observed and observing others in order to support their professional development as a university teacher. This session will be run by a member of the Department of Higher Education, and will explore the processes of observation and feedback. The session leader and participants will share experiences of observation and feedback and discuss ways of maximising the benefits of engagement.

Tuesday 21st November 2017,

 

1pm-3pm

Evaluating Teaching Practice

This workshop provides an overview of what it means to evaluate your teaching practice and some of the methods, and sources of feedback that can be drawn upon to enhance your practice through the identification of areas for development.

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 10am-12pm