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Continuous Professional Development and Resources

There are lots of opportunities to learn about teaching, from how to get started as a beginner, to how to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills further once you start teaching. Like other things in life, the best learning around teaching is ‘on the job’ during your own practice, and alongside others in your department, but there are also many opportunities to get involved in more formal programmes of professional learning and benefit from the expertise of others at Warwick. Individual departments offer their own continuing professional development for teachers in different ways, but below are centrally-available programmes by the Academic Development Centre, in order of progression.

STOP PRESS! 'Teaching for Learning Online' now available to PGR teachers!

In response to the global pandemic and the shift to online and blended approaches, a substantial online course was designed by ADC and Academic Technology, to support Warwick staff with the pivot into new ways of working. TfLO is based in Moodle and this version of the course is reserved for PGRs. Designed for self-paced learning, you are free to explore the materials, focus on one or more sections and revisit anytime. However, in addition, more structured opportunities are available to enable you to explore these materials as a cohort, working with others and discussing the themes on the course, which include Student Experience, the Role of the Tutor, Course Content, Assessment and Feedback and Inclusivity and Accessibility.

Teaching for Learning Online course

Teaching for Learning Online course poster

Preparing to Teach in Higher Education

Those who are new to learning and teaching can attend this initial, short programme which explores concepts in Higher Education, considers what we mean by learning and teaching and has many practical strategies for getting started. It is delivered in conjunction with departments and you would usually be learning with peers from your discipline. Preparing to Teach in Higher Education is mandatory for any new PhD student who wishes to teach, and forms part of the new GTA contract of employment. The course is run jointly by the Academic Development Centre and your home department and comprising a synchronous taught/facilitated session and some follow-up asynchronous work. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the programme.

Academic and Professional Pathway for Postgraduates who Teach

APP PGR is a longer, six-month programme which follows on from Preparing to Teach and is something you can opt to do if you wish to further develop your understanding and interest in learning and teaching. One of the key benefits of the programme is its multidisciplinary nature, enabling you to meet and learn alongside PGR teachers from across Warwick. Themes covered on the programme include small and large group teaching, inclusivity, assessment and feedback and teaching philosophies and reflective practice. The programme models practices which you experience, critique and translate into your own teaching. Finally, students will be able to explore pedagogic literature as a evidence base for their professional learning. Successful completion of APP PGR leads to Associate Fellowship status (Advance HE), a professional teaching standing which is recognised nationally and internationally.

Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

This Warwick accredited Masters level qualification (30 CATS) enables those who have completed APP PGR to further explore their practice in relation to the pedagogic literature. Formal taught requirements are replaced with tutorial-based approaches and the work is more centred on an individual exploration of key areas of interest in teaching practice. There are though, opportunities to work alongside others on the programme and discuss the literature through PGR Pedagogic Journal Club. Registration on the programme is a year, with opportunities to join in Term 1 and Term 3 and summative assessment based around a long essay.

Academic Development Programme

ADC run this open-access programme which draws on expertise from across Warwick, addressing a number of pertinent themes and issues in HE learning and teaching. This programme is a great opportunity to hear from others who teach in a range of different disciplines and sometimes, in addition, from external speakers. Workshops on the ADP are usually 1-2 hours in length with presentation, discussion and interaction. Themes recently explored include Teaching Philosophy, Effective and Efficient Feedback, Assessment and Learning in Moodle, Making Engaging Videos and Encouraging Metacognition. The ADP offers a termly programme of events, with repeats of popular workshops as well as a selection of asynchronously available content.

Training and development: in person.

Resource Repository

How do you find out about the latest GTA positions at Warwick?

Do you want to find out what other teachers are doing in your Faculty?

Have you been looking for a teaching resource and not quite found the right thing…?

There’s a lot of information out there that you might need to access in your role as a teacher at Warwick. The Warwick Postgraduate Teaching Community Resource Repository is built in Moodle and designed to provide all the key links you might need in one place! It’s an evolving resource, designed to serve the community - if you see any gaps please let us know and we can add the content or links.

Moodle resource repository

Teaching at Warwick

What does it mean to be a teacher at Warwick? Information about the current GTA contracts, the Warwick teaching experience, the Education Strategy and how this is relevant to you, Warwick’s preferred pedagogies, and a sense of the sorts of teaching practice PGRs are involved in...

Wellbeing and support

Teaching is exciting and can be great fun but it’s also challenging and time-intensive. There’s also the emotional labour of supporting students and although this is rewarding work you also need to look after yourself! This section signposts you to available support and advice to make sure we teach with kindness – to both ourselves and our students.

Pedagogy

Learning and Teaching is a discipline in and of itself, with a body of evolving literature exploring pedagogy and practice. Higher Education pedagogy has also changed over the years, supporting a more student-centred philosophy and approach. We draw on an evidence-base for our work, from within the literature, from professional learning and from colleagues and students.

Professional development

Warwick offers a range of opportunities for you to develop your understanding and skills as a teacher – both within departments and more centrally, where you can benefit from learning alongside others in a multidisciplinary environment. There are programmes leading to a recognised teacher status or qualification, as well as less formal opportunities to learn. Continuing professional development ensures that you remain in good standing, as a teacher.

Resources

You may find that materials for teaching are supplied by your department…but what about how you teach, additional considerations and perhaps making your own resources? This section contains keys links to resources and approaches you can use for teaching and key readings that will help you in your work.

Connecting with others

One of the best ways to develop your teaching practice, reassure yourself and gain new insight is to connect with others who do the same job! There are various spaces and places where you can learn from each other or find someone to talk to about teaching practice. Finding a buddy, observing others teach or getting and answer to a tricky question are all ways in which you can connect as a teacher. A starting point is our own Buddy and Peer Mentoring Scheme!

And online!