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Academic Development Programme

The Academic Development Programme explores key issues in teaching and learning. Watch previous workshops here. Join our channel on Microsoft Teams here.

Term 1 workshops - 2021/22

Beyond the classroom: young people and deprivation

This session will offer a perspective on how growing up in challenging circumstances shapes the outlook and perspectives of our young people. What does deprivation in modern Britain look like and feel like for many children? How does it shape their life chances? As university teaching staff, are we aware of the struggles (and successes) experienced by the young people who live a "stone's throw" from our place of work? After many years promoting Chemistry to young people on behalf of Warwick University and the Royal Society of Chemistry, Nick is now based in a school serving an area of severe social deprivation.

Date: Tuesday 21st September 2021

Time: 1pm-2pm

Nick Barker, currently based in a primary school serving an area of severe social deprivation. A member of the University's Strategy Group.

Podcasting in Higher Education

In light of the increased prominence and popularity of podcasting as a method of communication, Jim Judges will explore its role within higher education. Sharing his own experiences, Jim will outline the technical challenges of creating a podcast alongside the potential benefits they might offer to staff and students alike.

Date: Tuesday 12th October

Time: 2pm-3pm

Jim Judges, Senior Academic Technologist, University of Warwick

Creating Mathematical Quizzes on Moodle and STACK

This session will explore the process of creating mathematical quizzes, focusing on both Moodle and STACK. It will not only be of interest to teachers working within Maths but any subject area in which mathematical content is covered or quizzing a helpful pedagogical tool.

Date: Wednesday 27th October

Time: 3pm-4pm

Dr Siri Chongchitnan, Associate Professor &
Director of Student Experience, Mathematics Institute

SoTL: What is it? How do I do it?

This workshop is for anyone who has asked these questions about the Scholarship of Teaching of Learning (SoTL). Rather than engaging in the well-worn debates, the workshop will start from the premise that we are all SoTL practitioners – even if we don’t know it yet. We will redefine SoTL as an inclusive, spectrum-based activity in which we are all engaging to varying degrees. As an interactive and practical-focused workshop, you will be supported to consider your current SoTL activities and identify steps that will move you further along the spectrum towards more structured evidence-based inquiries. With TEALFest 2022 (Technology Enhanced Active Learning Festival) coming soon, we will also consider how to frame SoTL activities so that they can be shared at events like this to inform others’ teaching practices too.

Date: Wednesday 3rd November

Time: 2pm-3pm

Dr Kerry Dobbins

Dr Kerry Dobbins, Senior Teaching Fellow, Academic Development Centre

"Wait! It's not a test?!" Alternative Assessments - Planning and Prep

Most students know how to prepare for a test or an essay, and are reasonably proficient at doing so, but what happens when they are assessed in other ways? How might it add to the cognitive load of assessment and what can practitioners do to mitigate this? This session will examine a variety of alternative methods of summative assessment and explore the ways in which we we might prepare our students for them.

Date: Tuesday 9th November

Time: 1pm-2pm


Amy Stickels, Director of Academic Development (Senior Teaching Fellow), Warwick Foundation Studies

Making Workshops Work

In this session, David Bather Woods (Philosophy) will share his experience of using online workshops effectively. It will include advice and tips for creating task-based, time-bound, engaging activities, which provide students with synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to complete formative work for their assessments, and to give and receive peer-to-peer feedback.

Date: Wednesday 17th November

Time: 10am-11am

David Bather Woods, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Philosophy

Effective blended learning: What have we learnt from students?

Lory Barile is currently leading on an IATL funded pedagogic research project aimed at understanding students’ engagement with online resources pre/post COVID-19. Off the back of this experience, as well as the changes she has made to her own teaching practice since March 2020, she will explore the principles and strategies associated with effective blended learning.

Date: Tuesday 23rd November

Time: 2pm-3pm

Dr Lory Barile, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics

Transdisciplinary Pedagogies

This workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges posed by transdisciplinarity for teaching and learning. We’ll consider how disciplinarity informs how we learn to learn, as well as how traversing disciplinary boundaries prompts reflexivity about teaching and learning. Finally, we’ll think about how a democracy of disciplinary approaches can be harnessed to create more democratic educational environments. The workshop is open to teaching staff from all disciplinary backgrounds.

Date: Tuesday 30th November

Time: 2pm-3pm

Naomi Waltham-Smith

Dr Naomi Waltham-Smith, Reader, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Online Workshops - Format and Joining Instructions


In 2021/22, ADP workshops will continue to take place online.

Booking your place

Visit the ADP booking page to secure your place on a workshop.

Joining Instructions

We will be using Microsoft Teams to run the workshops. Please use this link to request to join the ADP Team.

Within the ADP team, there will be a channel for each session, with the workshop name and date in the title.

If you've signed up for the workshop you will also receive a calendar invitation 48 hours in advance.

Note for APP PGR students

Online ADP workshops do count towards your CPD requirement.

Contact us

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