Overview of how to develop your teaching and what support is on offer at Edinburgh for the different ways in which to do so.
Developing your teaching beyond the basics over the course of your three or so years will almost certainly involve:
Expanding your range of teaching roles: You will want to develop a range of different teaching roles that may include demonstrating, tutoring, one-to-one advising, marking of coursework, limited roles in supervising students’ projects, and / or occasional lecturing.
Increasing the depth of your responsibilities: You will also want to ensure that you are able to develop some in more depth. This may, for example lead to having more input in planning classes, reviewing or designing new course content, taking on roles to support newer peers, and / or being of assistance to your course organiser in new ways.
How you expand and develop your specific roles will depend on what opportunities are offered in your School.
Finding opportunities: you need to work out with your School what opportunities are available, and how you put yourself forward for these. Information about how teaching is allocated at Edinburgh is found in our 'contextual issues' webpage:
Check with your supervisor: you need to check with your supervisor before you commit yourself to taking on teaching responsibilities.
Materials and research on your teaching help you think more systematically about teaching. They can offer you ideas what works well and why, suggestiosn for coping with challenges and ideas for new things to try.
A good starting point is our IAD Resources for Tutors and Demonstrators information:
There are a number of ways in which you can creatively and proactively collect feedback on your teaching, and engage with this feedback actively. Starting points are:
Find out what is organised in your School and how you approach your local colleagues:
Come and have a chat with Miesbeth Knottenbelt in the IAD during weekly office hours:
Meet other tutors in the IAD monthly lunches for tutors and demonstrators
Local and IAD support: a combination of peer support, individual support from academic staff and induction courses is offered in part by your school and in part by the IAD, to opt into if and when it is thought to be of benefit to you.
Developing your teaching can lead towards Education Academy (HEA) accreditation. There are several routes you can follow to do this. Find out more about the HEA, and the 3 ways in which the IAD supports you to acquire HEA accreditation in the following flyer:
1. Introduction to Academic Practice: is a new IAD course that is accredited by the HEA at Associate level. It runs in semester 2 (Jan - June) , registration opens in late October.
2. Direct application for accreditation to the HEA: you can apply directly to the Higher Education Academy via their Individual Recognition Route. The IAD runs monthly workshops to support you with this:
3. PgCert in Academic Practice: more experienced tutors and demonstrators may be considering participation in the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). For many good reasons though, eligibility for participation in this course normally excludes current postgraduate students who wish to develop their teaching. Note that you may also be required to pay fees for participation in this course.
All queries about University-wide matters related to tutoring and demonstrating can be addressed to:
This article was published on Oct 22, 2013