The Centre for Academic Practice has an key role in the support and development of learning and teaching across the University.

To this end we provide:

MSc - PGDip - e-PGCert in Professional and Higher Education for those who wish to gain a further qualification. The e-PgCert is mandatory for all new and inexperienced academic staff

A short course in facilitating learning and teaching, for new, inexperienced or experienced lecturers (who would like an update), doctoral students who have a teaching role, professional services staff who support student learning (e.g. library, careers, student services)

Short Course Facilitating Learning and Teaching

Course dates

Each course runs over a full 5 days as follows:

09 - 16 January, 2018 (5 days; Tue/Wed/Thu, Mon/Tue)

19 - 27 June, 2018 (5 days; Tue/Wed/Thu, Mon/Tue)

This course will help you build a solid foundation to your educational practice, whether you are already experienced or new to teaching in a Higher Education or Professional context. It offers opportunities to discuss a wide range of issues around facilitating learning and provides a platform for networking across disciplines and professions.”

Furthermore, the Short Course links in to our PgCert in Professional and Higher Education, which is part of our MSc. If you intend to progress to the PgCert, then you need to complete the Stage 1 assessment of the Education in Action module. In this case it is best if you do the Short Course at the start of the academic year. Please make sure you submit a separate application for the PgCert.

This programme aims to help you achieve the following:

  • A greater understanding of what is involved in learning and teaching
  • Increased confidence and control through reflection and discussion
  • Improved practice through practice, reflection and discussion
  • Entry to the PGCert / MSc in Professional and Higher Education for those who qualify.
  • Recognition as (Associate) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, subject to assessment. The course programme requires a significant commitment from participants, both in terms of time and effort. Over the five days a sense of familiarity and trust develops that is conducive to open discussion and sharing of ideas and practice. If you decide to join the course, we therefore ask you to please commit to the full programme. Refreshments (and scones) will be provided to keep you going!
  • The course fee is based on the current postgraduate module fees. The fee is waived for QMU staff and some members of collaborative partners. If you have any question about fees, please contact us at CapAdmin@qmu.ac.uk.
  • The course is intended to be an opportunity for sharing of ideas and experiences and is quite informal. Therefore, we encourage all of you to contribute freely to discussion. Throughout the course we also encourage you to relate the content to your own responsibilities and your own personal development as a university teacher.

Register on the short course http://events.eventzilla.net/e/short-course-facilitating-learning-and-teaching-2138881618

Apply for the PG cert (button)

* Current QMU staff need not provide references with their application for the PG Cert.

Some comments from recent participants:

  • “Several different things were in varying ways very interesting – watching teaching practice (others) microteaching; marking/feedback exercise and resulting discussions; working with a very diverse group over four days and experiencing the developing group dynamics”
  • “Good opportunity to meet colleagues and share perspectives and discussions on teaching and learning.”
  • “All of it was [of] use to me. It made me realise the complexities of integrating learning outcomes, teaching and assessment. I felt all the content was meaningful to me.”
  • “Very well organised and very informative.”
  • “I hadn't previously considered progressing on to the PG Certificate or Masters courses, but I have been inspired by the module and would now be very keen to do so.”
  • “I have learned a great deal and I am taking a lot away with me which will undoubtedly have an impact upon my teaching and marking role.”

Resources

The Centre for Academic Practice has an important role in the development and support of all those who teach and study at QMU. Here we provide links to internal and external resources aimed at supporting Good Practice in teaching and learning.

If you have any queries, please contact us by emailing CapAdmin.

Please note: selecting any of the links below will open a new browser window.

Internal resources

Good Practice website
The Good Practice website was developed by the Centre for Academic Practice in order to provide examples of practices that colleagues find to be helpful in supporting student learning and/or effective teaching. There is no consensus on what good practice might be, since it varies so much according to your context, but those who provided examples found these worked for them and we hope they may also be useful for you:
http://www.qmu.ac.uk/gp/

Enhancement themes
The Enhancement Themes programme is a sector-wide initiative which aims to enhance the student learning experience in Scottish higher education by identifying specific areas (Themes) for development. The Themes encourage academic staff, support staff and students to share current good practice and collectively generate ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching. QMU activities for the previous and current themes are detailed in these CAP Intranet pages:
http://intranet.qmu.ac.uk/sites/cap/ETP/default.aspx

External resources

Enhancement Themes (QAA website)
The Enhancement Themes programme is a sector-wide initiative which aims to enhance the student learning experience in Scottish higher education by identifying specific areas (Themes) for development. Support for the Enhancement Themes is provided by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Scotland (QAA Scotland).
http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/ (This link opens in a new window)

The Higher Education Academy
The HEA provide services to the higher education sector and you will find a wealth of information and resources on their web pages:
http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ (This link opens in a new window)

Vitae
Vitae is an organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development. Vitae bring together all those with a stake in realising the potential of researchers. They help to establish partnerships to champion the needs of researchers and demonstrate their impact on economies and society. Vitae works to develop policy and practice in order to effect real and lasting change. Vitae provide online information, advice and resources for higher education institutions and researchers on professional development and careers.
https://www.vitae.ac.uk/

We also provide:

A range of support and training materials for users of technology enhanced learning software

A regular programme of staff development workshops and seminars

If you have any queries then please contact us by emailing CapAdmin.

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Short course participant quote
“Several different things were in varying ways very interesting – watching teaching practice (others) microteaching; marking/feedback exercise and resulting discussions; working with a very diverse group over four days and experiencing the developing group dynamics”
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Short course participant quote
“Good opportunity to meet colleagues and share perspectives and discussions on teaching and learning”