Learning and Teaching Staff Development

LTE offer a range of opportunities to support you all in your role, to help you deliver an outstanding student experience, if your day-to-day activities involve teaching, student support, research, administration, leadership and management, or if you are a member of Professional Services staff, supporting learners in any way.

For those of you new to the University, and involved in teaching, it is mandatory to complete the Assessing at the University online course.  In addition to this you must register for the Effective Assessment and Feedback course via Staffspace and follow the joining instructions.

Training on how to use our learning technologies is highly recommended if you are not already familiar with them.  Staff new to teaching in Higher Education should also complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). For those with experience in teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education, professional recognition is available through MAP:HE, our accredited pathway to HEA Fellowships.

We also offer support for individual and teams, through workshops and specialist services, to help you embed the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-22 into your courses and activities.

All of our courses, accredited pathways and training sessions and documentation are mapped against the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which provides a nationally recognised benchmark for higher education learning and teaching. 

You can find below more information about the LTE offer, with links to relevant pages and who to contact if you have additional queries.

 Led by: Learning and Teaching Enhancement team

TARGET AUDIENCE:

Staff who want to: 1: raise their awareness/understanding of different types of academic misconduct and 2: identify and implement ways of designing academic misconduct out of assessments.

 BRIEF OUTLINE:

  • Identifying different types of academic misconduct: there are numerous kinds including copy paste, contract cheating, duplication, false referencing, collusion and patchwork plagiarism.
  • Using Turnitin with caution
  • Recognising different factors which can drive students to commit academic misconduct
  • Why contract cheating is particularly significant at this time
  • Designing academic misconduct out of assessments
  • Planning assessments
  • Potentially risky assessment types
  • Authentic assessment

The Recognising and Designing out Academic Misconduct Workshops will run across the academic year. You can find the dates and book a place via StaffSpace.

Led by: Learning and Teaching Enhancement team

TARGET AUDIENCE:

Any staff involved in marking and assessing student work.

BRIEF OUTLINE: 

The purpose of this workshop is mainly to raise awareness of what contract cheating is and how essay mills work – particularly how they target students. It also covers ways in which we can support students to try and help them avoid turning to essay mills. This is partly by raising awareness of how essay mills can blackmail students, partly looking at strategies such as avoiding bunching of assessments/using authentic assessment and also guidance on what you can look out for if you suspect there may be contract cheating in an assessment. 

 

This is a one-off workshop although further ones can be delivered on request  

Places can be booked on StaffSpace.

 

Led by: Learning and Teaching Enhancement Team

TARGET AUDIENCE:

The workshop is mandatory for all academic staff new to CCCU, even if they have taught in HE before.  It is for all academic staff involved in the design and marking of students’ assessments at all levels. 

 BRIEF OUTLINE:

  • University policies, regulations and procedures regarding assessment, examination and marking (completion of the online course Assessing at the University must be done prior to attending this session)
  • Inclusive assessment design and practices
  • Practical advice on best practice and new developments in assessment and feedback
  • Enhancing students’ assessment literacy
  • Supporting consistency and fairness in marking and feedback

The Effective Assessment and Feedback Workshops  run on a monthly basis. Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

 

Led by: Learning and Teaching Enhancement team

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This course is for new academic staff with less than three years’ full-time experience, who fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Part-time and sessional academic staff with a contract under 120 hours per annum and a minimum of 40 hours teaching per annum
  • Staff at partner institutions delivering HE work in one of the University’s validated courses
  • PhD students who are undertaking a minimum of 40 hours teaching per annum at the University
  • Professional Services staff supporting learning and teaching, student engagement and student support, with a minimum of 40 hours teaching per annum

BRIEF OUTLINE:

This postgraduate qualification provides an introduction to academic practice, including:

  • Learning, teaching and assessment in HE
  • Quality Assurance in HE
  • Supporting learners in an inclusive environment
  • Developing critically reflective practice

The qualification carries 20 credits at level 7 and gives Associate Fellowship of the HEA.

For further information, check the UCAP page.

 

Led by Academic Professional Development team

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This course is for all new Academic staff with less than three years’ full-time experience, who are on contracts of 120 of teaching hours per annum or more. The course is compulsory for those with less than one year experience teaching in HE in the UK.

The course is also open to Professional Services staff with a minimum of 100 hours teaching or supporting learning and teaching who wish to gain further skills, particularly in researching their practice.

BRIEF OUTLINE:

This postgraduate qualification in learning and teaching provides a thorough grounding in the knowledge, skills and values required for delivering outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in Higher Education.

The modules are:

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Enhancing Academic Practice
  • Pedagogic Research and Reflection.

The qualification carries 60 credits at level 7 and gives Fellowship of the HEA.

Please contact ucap_pgcap@canterbury.ac.uk to register interest and receive further details.

For further information, check the PGCAP page.

 

Led by MAP:HE Framework Director and Faculty Directors of Learning and Teaching

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This framework is for staff in academic, research and professional services with more than three years’ experience in teaching or supporting learning in Higher Education who wish to develop themselves as HE teacher/practitioners and to gain HEA Fellowship (Associate, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship).

BRIEF OUTLINE:

Achieving HEA Fellowship status gives formal recognition of your achievements in learning, teaching and enhancing the student experience in HE, in an academic, research or professional role.

You will reflect on your experience, and work with a mentor to develop a portfolio of evidence which meets the UK Professional Standard Framework (UKPSF). Your portfolio will be assessed at an internal Review Board (which meets on a monthly basis except during the summer).

Information sessions, writing workshops and retreats are available throughout the year.  You can book your place on Staffspace.

Read more on the MAP:HE webpage

Led by Learning and Teaching Enhancement Team

TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is aimed at new lecturers or professional service staff who run development sessions for students.  This workshop is particularly recommended if you are not in a position to immediately enrol on to the University Certificate of Academic Practice/Post Graduate Certificate of Academic Practice.  This might be because you have commenced working at the University part way through the year or have limited teaching/student contact hours and would benefit from attending this course before undertaking a formal qualification and assessment.

BRIEF OUTLINE

A set of online resources are supported by an online interactive workshop for those new to teaching in HE or in UK HE or for those who would like a refresher before recommencing teaching: you’ll be doing some writing, presenting, role-play, pair-working through scenarios and discussing your own experiences as a learner as well as teaching concepts. The workshop does not require any prior experience of teaching in HE and the Learning Outcomes for the workshop are that by the time you've engaged with the resources and attended the webinar, you will each be able to:

  1. Analyse your own needs in preparation for teaching
  2. Plan a teaching session
  3. Create an effective learning environment
  4. Give constructive feedback to students on their work
  5. Evaluate and enhance your teaching in the light of reflection and feedback

You need to complete the preparatory tasks on the Blackboard Collaborate area which you'll be enrolled on after registering in advance of this workshop. 

Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

Led by Digital Academic Developer (DAD), formerly Faculty Learning Technologists (FLT) and Faculty Directors for Learning and Teaching/Senior Academic Developer

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This workshop is offered to curriculum or module teams who are designing or revising their module or course.

BRIEF OUTLINE:

Originally developed by University College London (UCL) it is a timed, facilitated workshop which enables a holistic view of the student journey through an appreciative enquiry model.  The design of the workshop encourages you to look through the lens of different types of learning and assessment activities.  It is particularly powerful at highlighting opportunities for blended learning. 

To see how the workshops run, please visit the UCL ABC Workshop blog.

The workshop can be tailored to your team needs depending on where you are in the process of reviewing or redesigning your module/course and whether you are pre or post validation stage.

To book an ABC workshop, please contact LTE Admin

If you are interested in finding out about the student peer mentoring service and how it can support you and your students please get in touch with the Peer Mentoring team.

Tel: 01227 921733
Email: peermentoring@canterbury.ac.uk.

This 90-minute face-to-face interactive workshop on 'Partners in Learning' is designed for staff looking to explore and extend the ways in which they work with students to enhance their students' learning experiences. After completing the online prep and face-to-face workshop you'll be able to:

  1. Define Partnership in Learning and identify real-world examples of PiL
  2. Describe the benefits and challenges of PiL that you view as most relevant in your context
  3. Identify appropriate areas of your own learning and teaching practice at CCCU where PiL could be piloted to enhance student engagement, satisfaction and success.

The workshop builds on the 60-mins of preparatory tasks available in the 'Partners in Learning' Blackboard area onto which you'll be enrolled upon signing up for this workshop. We ask that you complete the preparation before attending the workshop.

Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

Led by: Learning Technology Skills Developer

TARGET AUDIENCE:

All staff new to Blackboard

BRIEF OUTLINE:

This development session provides an introduction to the Blackboard
interface and features.  You will focus on posting announcements, creating folders, uploading content, inserting web links, as well as managing and communicating with your users.

The training can be access via the eLearning portal (https://canterbury.learnupon.com/catalog/courses)

Led by: Learning Technology Skills Developer

Target Audience:

All Staff

Brief Outline:

This development session will introduce you to ReCap, the University’s Learning Capture tool.  ReCap can be used to enable learning and teaching content to be audio and video recorded. 

The training can be access via the eLearning portal (https://canterbury.learnupon.com/catalog/courses)

Led by: Learning Technology Skills Developer

TARGET AUDIENCE:

All staff in Academic Faculties

BRIEF OUTLINE:

Introducing staff who are new to Turnitin to what Turnitin is and what CCCU policy requirements are. 

Learn how to edit / set-up Turnitin assignments in a consistent manner

ADDITIONAL TURNITIN WORKSHOPS

To support the use of Turnitin, workshops covering the use of Feedback Studio, Assignment Managment and Assessment Grid Rubrics are also available

All of these developmethn sessions can be accessed via the eLearning portal (https://canterbury.learnupon.com/catalog/courses)

Other workshops are available to support courses - providing a digitally rich learning experience. These include:

  • Blackboard Ally: Ensure your Blackboard module site adheres to Accessibility Regulations
  • PebblePad: A personal learning space that can be used to create e-portfolio
  • Mentimeter: The web-based classroom response system
  • Padlet: Create boards, documents and webpages that are easy to read and contribute to.

For further information please contact the Learning Technology Skills Developer, email ltechskills@canterbury.ac.uk

Led by: Learning Technology Skills Developer

TARGET AUDIENCE:

All staff in Academic Faculties

Brief Outline:

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (or simply Collaborate) is the University’s virtual classroom / web-conferencing tool.  It can be used for 1 to 1 tutorials, group work, seminars and more! 

This development session can be accessed via the eLearning portal (https://canterbury.learnupon.com/catalog/courses)

In addition to development sessions, the skills developer can offer help with
specific queries.  They won’t do the work for you but will guide and facilitate your learning.

Slots can be booked in 20 min increments.  Please ensure you state the topic of your query when booking.

If you wish to schedule a specific surgery, workshop or clinic for you, your Faculty or course, then please email: ltechskills@canterbury.ac.uk

Help section of Blackboard

On this site, you will find a wide variety of resources ranging from written guides to videos and everything between. This site has been designed to give all users of the various 'Learning Technology' tools one central place to look for guides and how-to documents.

Blackboard Help section

If you would like to be enrolled on this course please contact: ltechskills@canterbury.ac.uk

Each year the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team run the Canterbury TELs “a lunchtime programme of TEL themed events”.

Search for Canterbury TELs in Staffspace to see whats on and to book you place.

Led by: BAME Strategic Lead: Closing our Gap

Target Audience: All staff. We can design bespoke session for teams to support you in your own specific areas of development.

Brief outline:

  • To provide an awareness of race related issues in Higher Education and Society;
  • To provide space for staff/teams to reflect on what race means to them and to reflect on the impact of this in own practices
  • To provide staff with the tools, skills and resources to help facilitate difficult conversations about race and racism within the classroom in a safe manner;
  • To build foundations for inclusion, by working to create an understanding of the uniqueness and a sense of belonging for each individual;
  • To provide awareness of how to deal with race related harassment

 Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Staff who are either new to teaching on Higher and Degree Apprenticeships or who are experienced but may want to refresh their academic practice

BRIEF OUTLINE

The session will cover: 

  • What is my role?
  • Useful teaching models and approaches
  • Using technology to enhance learning
  • Case studies
  • Advice from Course Directors

This is the only session currently planned but others can be offered on request. Please book a place via StaffSpace.

 

Led by: BAME Strategic Lead: Closing our Gap

Target Audience: All staff. We can design bespoke session for teams to support you in your own specific areas of development.

Brief outline:

  • Develop a critical understanding of their own subject positions, and the role of white privilege in UKHE
  • Build strategies for engaging with white and BAME students and colleagues in an atmosphere of respect in the classroom and throughout the University
  • Gain a foundation of knowledge in the area of critical race studies, especially critical whiteness studies
  • Gain insight into the global #BlackLivesMatter movement
  • Learn how to do the work of an ally to people of colour at CCCU and more widely

Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

Led by: BAME Stratetgic Lead: Closing our Gap

Target Audience: Academic staff and professional services staff who are seeking to develop their practice and approaches to improve student sense of belonging. We can design bespoke session for teams to support you in your own specific areas of development.

Brief outline:

  • How to plan classroom activities centred around race, racism and social justice and the implications of your own racial identity
  • Develop strategies to help facilitate, conduct and encourage race and social justice related conversations within the classroom environment
  • Develop techniques to cultivate and raise awareness of race in a safe environment for students and foster good relationships between white and BAME students
  • Develop practical skills and tools to guide students through productive conversations, challenge perceptions that raise awareness and understanding

Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

 Led by: BAME Strategic Lead: Closing our Gap

Target Audience: Academic staff

Brief outline:

  • Explore, challenge and dismantle assumptions about education, the curricula and own subject
  • Develop an understanding of why there is a need to decolonise and what decolonising the curriculum means to ensure that the diversity of all students is represented and celebrated
  • To explore and implement pedagogical strategies to create a diverse learning environment that is inclusive and accessible to the diversity of our students
  • Explore the diversity of content, delivery and opportunities to broaden perspectives
  • Explore learning outcomes and aligned assessment strategies which will allow students to reflect on and demonstrate their engagement with diverse perspectives and career aspirations 

Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

 Led by: Strategic Lead for Student Retention and Success/Senior Academic Developers

Target Audience: This workshop is for teams or individuals who are seeking to develop their practice and approaches to deliver an Inclusive Curriculum, including supporting students with Disabilities.  We can design bespoke sessions for teams to support you in your own specific areas of development.

This session can also be designed for leaders of teaching, learning and assessment.

Brief Outline:

The workshop will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an introductory conversation with other colleagues about this topic.
  • Consider the national and institutional contexts (using metrics where appropriate) 
  • Examine existing strategies and best practice sourced from research, sector practice and institutional cases studies connected to general inclusive practice to deliver learning, teaching and assessment, face to face or blended learning
  • Working with students with disabilities (LSP’s etc)
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ students
  • By the end of this session, you will have been introduced to practical learning, teaching and assessment focused resources for reflection and adoption post workshop, identified areas for development and created an action plan for improvement.

To book a team/course/leadership workshop, please contact LTE Admin

Individuals: Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

 

Led by: Strategic Lead for Student Retention and Success/Senior Academic Developers

Target Audience: This workshop is for teams or individuals who are seeking to develop their practice and approaches to improve student sense of belonging, retention and success.  We can design bespoke session for teams to support you in your own specific areas of development.

This session can also be designed for leaders of teaching, learning and assessment and tailored for professional service areas which are student facing.

Brief Outline:

The workshop will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an introductory conversation with other colleagues about this topic and identify current retention and success initiatives
  • Introduction to the University Retention and Success Framework and mapping activity
  • Consider the national and institutional contexts (using school metrics where appropriate) connected to retention and success rates.
  • Examine existing strategies and best practice sourced from research, sector practice and institutional cases studies.

By the end of this session you will have been introduced to practical tools and Learning, Teaching and Assessment focused resources for reflection and adoption post workshop, identified areas for development and created an action plan for improvement.

To book a team/course/leadership workshop, please contact LTE Admin

Individuals: Dates can be found on Staffspace, where you can also book your place.

 Led by – Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching (Health and Wellbeing)

Target audience – Any personal academic tutor who is new to the role of for those wishing to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Brief outline:

Bespoke school or Faculty based workshops are available for personal academic tutors wanting to be orientated to the policy, assess their own skills and get support for using the personal academic tutoring guidance document. You will be given the opportunity to share experiences, consider the role and assess yourself against best practice markers. This should help you determine your development needs as well as share good practice with others.

To book a session please contact LTE Admin

 Led by - Digital Academic Developers 

Target audience - Academic Staff  

Brief outline

This interactive digital 1-hour workshop for up to 15 participants provides an introduction to interactive live online teaching. Together with further resources produced by Learning & Teaching Enhancement it is designed to support staff to develop a more interactive approach for facilitating online synchronous learning. The aim of the workshop is to develop the skills and techniques for facilitating effective interactive learning sessions with students.  

By the end of the session attendees will be able to: 

  • Describe synchronous and asynchronous digital learning and outline the similarities and differences between them  
  • Apply the techniques outlined in the session to create an interactive digital learning experience for the students

Book your place via StaffSpace

You can also request an ad hoc session for your course team or your School, which will cover similar objectives, by emailing LTE-ADMIN@canterbury.ac.uk

Led by - Senior Academic Developers

Target audience – Academic staff

Brief outline

This interactive digital synchronous 1-hour workshop (on Collaborate) for up to 15 participants, builds on Learning and Teaching Enhancement’s workshop ‘Making your synchronous digital teaching more interactive’ for colleagues looking to further enhance their digital teaching. The aim of the workshop is to help you to finesse your overall approach for facilitating effective directed independent learning and interactive ‘live’ digital sessions with students.  

 By the end of this session you will be able to: 

  • Effectively signpost and manage student expectations in the on-line environment, building cohort identity and directed independent learning 
  • Analyse and create Blackboard designs for effective learning environments and enhance these in light of ongoing student feedback 
  • Identify key elements of building on preparatory tasks in 'live' sessions to encourage student engagement with online learning

Book your place via StaffSpace

You can also request an ad hoc session for your course team or your School, which will cover similar objectives, by emailing LTE-ADMIN@canterbury.ac.uk

Led by - Digital Academic Developers

Target Audience - Course Teams

Brief Outline

LTE hosted a series of 30 minute online 'Sharing good practice in Blended Learning' sessions. We invited 2 academic members of staff to share the approaches and technologies they have used to support blended learning. This is a great opportunity to hear from academic staff and ask questions about their approaches.

If you were unable to attend the live event these sessions were recorded and are available on the Project 20-21, blended learning resources website.

You can access future sessions from the online Collaborate room 

https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/469effbe4c30464dbf1dd9195bc6060c

Led by: Learning and Teaching Enhancement team

TARGET AUDIENCE:

Any staff anxious about how to teach safely and effectively on-campus in autumn 2021. 

BRIEF OUTLINE: 

  • University guidance and regulations on teaching staff’s responsibilities on how to keep themselves and their students safe while facilitating learning on campus (completion of online material must be completed in advance of the session). 
  • Classroom contracting with students to make the most efficient use of contact time during scheduled socially distanced teaching hours. 
  • Practical advice and student-perspective experience on how to use technology to optimise contact-free interactive learning in face-to-face on-campus sessions.  
  • Support in identifying additional support needs staff may have in advance of the start of the new semester in order to facilitate distanced on-campus teaching effectively. 

 The Back to On Campus Teaching Workshops will run during Summer 2021. Dates can be found on StaffSpace, where you can also book your place.

 

Led by: Learning and Teaching Enhancement team

TARGET AUDIENCE

Staff who are either new to teaching on Higher and Degree Apprenticeships or who are experienced but may want to refresh their academic practice

BRIEF OUTLINE

The session will cover: 

  • What is my role?
  • Useful teaching models and approaches
  • Using technology to enhance learning
  • Case studies
  • Advice from Course Directors

This is the only session currently planned but others can be offered on request. Please book a place via StaffSpace.

 

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