Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Learning & teaching workshops A-Z

Booking: these courses generally open for booking one month in advance of the shown date. If you do not see a live booking link please check back nearer the course date.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel. Click on "My Bookings" - here you will have the option to cancel your place.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend, or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD events.

An Introduction to Online Teaching

Description
This course takes place over 2 weeks
This short online course will provide a light touch introduction to some of the things you could consider when creating and teaching the online parts of our hybrid teaching for the coming academic year. The course will provide you with the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be an online student, as well as providing you with a research-informed introduction to online teaching and assessment approaches. The course will focus on the main digital tools available from the University of Edinburgh to support hybrid teaching.
By the end of this course participants should be able to:
  • Identify some useful online learning practices and recognise how these could be applied to create a supportive hybrid environment.
  • Recognise some pedagogical approaches to teaching and assessing in online environments.
  • Apply a few key principles from educational research to their online and hybrid pedagogy.
  • Identify key digital tools which can be used to support online teaching and alternative assessment practices.
The course is comprised of 4 sections which are taught over a two-week period:
  • Section 1 – An introduction to the course and the online environment.
  • Section 2 – Pedagogical approaches to teaching online.
  • Section 3 – Digital assessment practices.
  • Section 4 – Further resources and support (An online teaching toolkit).
The majority of course activities are asynchronous to allow for flexibility in timings and to take into consideration the different workload commitments and priorities of participants. The course has been designed to include some light-weight collaborative activities and participants will benefit from participation in a timely manner over the two-week period of the course. There is one synchronous (real time) element which is voluntary and has been included to give you the opportunity to participate in a live virtual classroom session. The estimated time commitment is 2-3 hours per week.
This course takes place over 2 weeks
EligibilityAll staff
Date Monday 08-Nov-2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Decolonising the Curriculum (CERES and IAD)

Description

Joint Decolonising the Curriculum event between CERES and IAD

EligibilityAll staff
Date Tuesday 09-Nov-2021, 13:00 - 14:00
Venue Online (via Microsoft Teams) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Practical Strategies for... Applying for Principal's Teaching Award

Description

This workshop will provide advice on how to bid to the Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS)  and will include guidance on bidding for other kinds of funding for small educational projects which focus on higher education.

EligibilityAll staff
Date Wednesday 23-Feb-2022, 14:00 - 15:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Practical Strategies for... Designing out Plagiarism

Description

Practical Strategies for….Designing out plagiarism/misconduct

The global pandemic of 2020-21 and the move towards digital and hybrid teaching has forced us to change many of our assessment practices. This has heighted concerns with the possibility of increased levels of plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct.

This session is intended to help you take an assessment design-based approach to preventing plagiarism.  In the session we will:

  • identify some of the more common forms of academic misconduct. Focusing on plagiarism, we will then explore alternatives to 'policing' approaches based on plagiarism detection
  • See what research is telling us about risk factors and how we can reduce the risk of misconduct (spoiler alert: no method is completely safe)
  • consider how some 'traditional' assessment practices can unintentionally promote plagiarism and how we can use principles of assessment design to reduce this

By the end of the session we hope that you will feel confident in taking a critical approach to plagiarism prevention and feel more confident in implementing assessments that you and your students can feel confident with.

 

EligibilityAll staff
Date Monday 22-Nov-2021, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Practical Strategies for... Innovative Assessment

Description

During this online session you will get an opportunity to explore what innovative assessment might look like.  

In the session we will:

  • Consider what innovative assessment is and why we might want to introduce innovative assessment approaches.
  • Share assessment practices and explore some exemplars of innovative assessment.
  • Consider some tools and technologies which might help us develop innovative assessments.

By the end of the session we hope that you will feel inspired to consider alternative approaches to traditional essay and exam assessments. 

EligibilityAll staff
Date Wednesday 10-Nov-2021, 10:30 - 12:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Practical Strategies for... Solution-Focused Personal Tutoring

Description

This workshop will teach you the basic skills of solution-focused coaching to enhance personal tutoring. Solution-focused coaching is a powerful and efficient way to have conversations that create hope and promote positive action. It is proven to be more effective in improving mood and increasing self-efficacy than problem-based approaches.

By the end of the workshop you will know:

· why talking about problems can often make things worse – and what to do instead

· how to quickly shift conversations from problems and complaints to solution-building

· key questions that can help struggling students to identify strengths and remotivate them to succeed

· how to help students clarify what they need to do and what support they might need from others

The workshop is run by Rayya Ghul, an internationally recognised expert in solution-focused practice and author of ‘The Power of the Next Small Step’.

The Collaborate Link will be sent to you a day or so before the event.

EligibilityAll staff
Date Tuesday 02-Nov-2021, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Reflections on Decolonising Curricula in the University

Description

We've invited our Students' Association VP Education and two experienced colleagues to come and offer us a few provocations and thoughts about decolonising curricula in the University. We anticipate this will provide excellent food for thought for the ongoing curriculum transformation project in the University.

Our contributors are:

Radhika Govinda, Senior Lecturer in SociologyJulie Cupples, Professor in the School of GeosciencesTara Gold, Edinburgh University Students' Association, VP Education

EligibilityAll staff
Date Thursday 21-Oct-2021, 13:00 - 14:00
Venue Online (via Microsoft Teams) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Sharing Board of Studies practice from AY 20/21

Description

Join fellow Board of Studies members for our latest network event. The event will include short presentations from colleagues who have successfully adapted their Board of Studies practices to overcome the challenges presented by Covid-19 and remote working. Following these presentations, all attendees will be invited to ask questions, share practice, and discuss recent challenges and solutions they have faced over the last 18 months relating to any aspect of Board of Studies work.

EligibilityAll staff
Date Wednesday 24-Nov-2021, 10:30 - 12:00
Venue Online (via Microsoft Teams) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Writing Retreat for Teaching and Learning

Description

In this interactive Writing Retreat we will follow a timetable of paired and group activities and individual writing slots, with time for reflection and breaks. You will be invited to:

  • Define your goals for the day and for each writing slot
  • Offer and receive support with other participants
  • Share ideas for making progress
  • Take stock of your achievements throughout the day

Facilitated by Daphne Loads (ex IAD)

EligibilityAll staff
Date Thursday 25-Nov-2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

engage - Effective student engagement strategies

Description

Presented by Ellen MacRae, President Edinburgh University Students’ Association and Tara Gold Vice President, Education, Edinburgh University Students’ Association

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Thursday 07-Apr-2022, 09:00 - 10:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

engage - Engaging first year students

Description

Presented by Marian McCormick, Principal Lecturer (Learning & Teaching), Canterbury Christ Church University

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Thursday 24-Mar-2022, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

engage - Engaging online students

Description

Presented by Gill Aitken, Programme Director, MSc Clinical Education

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Thursday 13-Jan-2022, 09:00 - 10:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

engage - Enhancing student participation in social science courses (with students)

Description

Presented by Rachel Howell, Lecturer in Sociology / Sustainable Development, School of Social and Political Science

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Wednesday 09-Feb-2022, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

engage - How do students define and relate to the curriculum? Findings from a recent study at the University of Edinburgh

Description

Presented by:

Emma Taylor, PhD Intern, Institute for Academic Development, One Pusamane, PhD candidate, African Studies; Ian Glen, Curriculum Transformation Partner, Catherine Bovill, Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement, Institute for Academic Development

 

We talk a lot about the curriculum, and the University of Edinburgh is currently undertaking a large scale Curriculum Transformation Programme. But what do students understand the term curriculum to mean? What role do they consider themselves to have in relation to the curriculum? What role would they like to have? Come along to hear the outcomes of a recent research study at the University of Edinburgh that aimed to answer these questions. There will be opportunities to discuss the research findings and its implications.

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Tuesday 09-Nov-2021, 11:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 2.03, Charteris Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Tuesday 09-Nov-2021, 11:00 - 12:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

engage - Is 'mattering' a more helpful way of thinking about student belonging at university?

Description

Presented by:

Peter Felten, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Professor of History, Elon University, USA and Heidi Weston, Undergraduate Researcher, Elon class of 2023 (History and Education), Elon University, USA  

 

The construct of “belonging” is commonly used to understand and explain student learning and experiences at university, but belonging has limitations, perhaps most significantly related to students with historically marginalized identities in higher education. In this talk we explore “mattering,” a concept related to but distinct from belonging: “Mattering is the feeling of being significant and important to other people” (Flett et al., 2019, p. 667), with implications for student learning and well-being. Drawing on interviews with students from historically marginalized identities at three U.S. institutions, we will consider what contributes to students’ sense of mattering, the implications of mattering for equity, teaching, and student experiences in higher education, and also how mattering, unlike belonging, appears to be transferable between and beyond academic contexts.

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Tuesday 07-Dec-2021, 16:00 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

engage - Reading and writing blogs: how can students influence teachers? practice?

Description

Presented by Jenny Scoles, Academic Developer (Learning and Teaching Enhancement), Institute for Academic Development

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Wednesday 25-May-2022, 16:00 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

engage - Student engagement and becoming a critical thinker

Description

Presented by Dr Sarah Ivory, Business School

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Tuesday 03-May-2022, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

engage - Writing personal stories to think academically: Blogging workshop for students

Description

Presented by Josephine Foucher, Teaching Matters Co-Editor and Student Engagement Officer, Institute for Academic Development and PhD Candidate, Sociology

EligibilityAll students
Date Tuesday 08-Mar-2022, 16:00 - 17:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .