SDDU Learning and Teaching Team’s Provision for Faculties
In addition to our extensive set programme of workshops and courses, SDDU can offer training and support on request to individual faculties, schools, departments and course teams.
- organising, co-ordinating or facilitating study or ‘away’ days perhaps to review an aspect of learning and teaching;
- providing courses tailored to the needs of particular departments; and
- bespoke training events for groups of staff in departments or for whole departments.
In 2011/12 SDDU learning and teaching staff delivered bespoke training sessions in schools and departments attended by postgraduates and part-time teachers from across all faculties of the University. This is a programme which has been expanded over the last 6 years to include all faculties, and is informed by the UK Professional Standards for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education and supports the implementation of the University of Leeds Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Students Engaged in Teaching. The sessions are designed with faculty staff, such as the Director of Student Education or the Postgraduate Tutor, and provide a comprehensive induction to areas of teaching such as demonstrating, running small group teaching sessions and student assessment. Contextualising the training within the department and the subject means that new teachers can be familiarised with local practices and procedures at the same time as learning about good practice.
In 2011/12 SDDU has supported a number of events in LUBS, including new staff induction to learning and teaching, a staff pedagogical update session at the start of the academic year, and contributed to a School wide learning and teaching accreditation project.
In April 2012 SDDU helped develop and deliver the first Student Education Away Day for the Leeds Dental Institute.
Psychology reviewed their approach to pastoral teaching. SDDU worked in partnership with the Institute and the Counselling Service to design and deliver a half day event for Institute staff.
Support for away-days on L&T for POLIS.
Working alongside academics in the Faculty of Engineering to design and produce blended learning materials to support the rollout of a new Masters course aimed at learners in the workplace.
SDDU ran two bespoke sessions for Psychology to prepare staff and postgraduate markers to use Turnitin (plagiarism detection software) and Grademark (online marking and feedback) with all their first year students.
In support of the VLE roll out SDDU ran a lunchtime session for PCI/PVAC exploring concepts and designs for blended learning. Academic staff from across the School considered the ways in which they used the VLE to support teaching and identified ways forward to ensure that the use they make of the new VLE will build upon this experience. The 'best blend' approaches will make use of new tools but be creatively shaped by their own unique and successful teaching and learning
In 2010, The School of Computing changed their final year projects from 40 to 60 credits. SDDU L&T worked with the School, during a series of lunch-time meetings, to discuss all aspects of this change with the staff involved.
For more information, you may also wish to get in touch with the appropriate SDDU Learning and Teaching Team Faculty Contact.