Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Learning & teaching workshops A-Z

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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.

Board of Studies Convenor and Administrator Training

Description

Combined IAD and Academic Services event.

The training workshop will cover both pedagogical considerations for developing and reviewing course and programme proposals, and clarification of Boards of Studies’ roles and responsibilities. This will include evaluating appropriate learning outcomes, understanding the key internal and external reference points (e.g. relevant university strategic priorities and regulations), and considering key factors for approval of new courses and programmes, including business cases and Competition and Markets Authority compliance. The workshop will include input from experienced Board of Studies administrators and convenors as well as IAD and Academic Services staff.

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Introduction to Online Learning - for staff

Description

An entirely online course which takes place over 5 weeks between 30th September to 3rd November 2019. The course is aimed at staff who are involved with teaching or supporting students enrolled in online programmes at the University of Edinburgh. Participants will gain direct experience of participating in an online environment as a student. The course requires at least three hours participation per week which comprises of a mix of weekly discussions, group activities and live virtual classrooms.

An outline of the weekly topics can be found below:

Week 1 – Introduction to online learning

Week 2 – Participation: building an online community

Week 3 – Co-creation of learning

Week 4 – Assessment and feedback in an online environment

Week 5 – Sharing practice

The course is delivered by Celeste McLaughlin, Head of Academic Development for Digital Education at IAD, in collaboration with colleagues from across the university who contribute to a live virtual classroom session most weeks.

Virtual Classroom dates can be found below:

Week 1: Monday, 30th September (12.30-13.30). Celeste McLaughlin, Institute for Academic Development.

Week 2: Thursday, 10th October (12:30-13:30). Guest Speaker: Dr Louise Connelly, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Week 4: Wednesday, 23rd October (11.00-12.00). Guest Speaker: Dr Neil Lent, Institute for Academic Development.

Week 5: Tuesday, 29th October (12.30-13.30). Guest Speaker: Dr Sarah Henderson, Edinburgh Medical School (Deanery of Clinical Sciences).

These sessions are recorded for those unable to attend although live participation is recommended when possible.

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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 26-Feb-2020, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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EligibilityAll staff
Date Wednesday 04-Mar-2020, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Practical Strategies for... Personal Tutoring with a Solution Focus

Description

Would you like to feel confident and able to deal with almost any conversation with your personal tutees?

This workshop will give Personal Tutors powerful conversation tools which can:

  • Quickly shift conversations from problems and complaints to solutions
  • Empower tutees to take more personal responsibility for success
  • Help struggling students to identify their strengths and develop resilience
  • Help identify students who might require more specialist support

Based on a Solution Focused Approach, the conversation tools are easy to learn and use.  Research has shown that one of the greatest benefits of Solution Focus is in reducing practitioner stress. 

EligibilityAll staff
Date Tuesday 04-Feb-2020, 14:30 - 16:30
Venue Martin Hall, New College Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Practical Strategies for... Professional Development: Getting Started and Keeping Going

Description

Are you working towards Professional Accreditation (eg EdTA, CMALT, CILIP)? Are you  finding it tricky to get started or keep going? Then this is the workshop for you!

Getting Started and Keeping Going will be a chance to meet UoE colleagues informally and use art and creativity to explore what gets in the way and what helps us to get motivated for our own continuing professional development.

In this workshop we will help you to explore your motivations and clarify your priorities. Working in a supportive group setting, the facilitators will guide you through some exploratory activities using images, drawing and other creative approaches.

Some of the things that we hope will happen are:

  • We’ll learn how to manage our own development activities and support each other
  • We’ll be aware of the helps and hindrances in our lives
  • We’ll discuss experiences of working on professional development
  • We’ll share insights and tips
  • People will feel less isolated
  • We will recognise that motivation is different for everyone
  • People will have fun, drink tea and enjoy cake! 
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Practical Strategies for... Tackling Current Challenges in Assessment and Feedback

Description

This session is intended to help you devise your own solutions to a number of challenges we currently face in designing assessment and feedback for our programmes and courses.

In particular there will be a focus on:

  • Integrating assessment and feedback with course content and learning outcomes to ensure that you are assessing the learning you see as important in your courses.
  • Ensuring that the modes and timing of assessment used are appropriate for the learning your students are to undertake.
  • Reconceptualising the notion of ‘feedback’ from a ‘commodity’, which is given to students, towards the notion of a dialogic process. This understanding of feedback appreciates that students are active agents who develop their own understanding of what good work looks like and how to produce it (assessment literacy).

Intended learning outcomes:

  1. To understand principles of integrated course and assessment design and how you might apply these in your own situation.
  2. To consider how different forms of assessment can be used in your context to assess your students’ learning.
  3. To recognise the educational advantages of treating feedback as a dialogic process and how this can be built into your course design.
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Practical Strategies for... Writing a good Proposal for a Learning and Teaching Conference

Description

In this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on the theme and sub-themes: what do they mean to you in your context?
  • Consider what you can contribute to the conference
  • Identify the most appropriate format for your contribution: poster, paper, workshop, walkshop etc.
  • Consider your audience: Who will be interested in your work? What knowledge and experience are they likely to be bringing? What do you want them to take away?
  • Consider the reviewers: what will they be looking for?

I hope you can join us for a lively discussion.

Facilitator: Daphne Loads

EligibilityAll staff
Date Thursday 21-Nov-2019, 12:30 - 13:30
Venue Seminar Room 5, Chancellor's Building, Little France Little France
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Practical Strategies for... developing awareness to improve your teaching

Description

How do you use your body when you teach? How does your posture, breathing and voice affect your teaching, and vice versa? Do you get tense or nervous, or suffer from vocal or postural strain? Can you improve your teaching by having a better awareness of what you are doing as you teach?

In this workshop, we’ll begin to explore these questions. You’ll do some simple, unusual, movement sequences that will help you become more aware of your own actions and habits, and their consequences.  By improving your awareness, you can make different choices; from speaking, standing and breathing more easily, with less unnecessary effort and less strain, to finding alternative ways of expressing and communicating your ideas, and helping others learn.

This is not a workshop about learning body language skills, or adopting a particular posture or voice technique, but about finding out what you do, and then experimenting to find different, better ways of doing it. 

What to bring:

  • Your curiosity and the willingness to try something different.
  • Loose comfortable clothing (e.g. leggings, tracksuit bottoms).
  • A pair of socks.
  • The movements can be done lying down, sitting or standing. If you are comfortable lying down, please bring a mat or blanket to lie on. You might also want to bring a towel or thin cushion for under your head.
EligibilityAll staff
Date Tuesday 26-Nov-2019, 12:00 - 14:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Practical Strategies for... helping your students to learn

Description

Are you interested in thinking about ways to enhance your students’ learning skills within your subject area? Do you want to support students to produce better quality work? This session will help staff to think about ways of incorporating academic skills development into the curriculum. It will provide an opportunity for participants to share practice and develop ideas.

EligibilityAll staff
Date Thursday 21-Nov-2019, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room 4.20, Charteris Land, Holyrood Campus Moray House
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Practical Strategies for...Using a solution focused approach in PhD Supervision

Description

Would you like to feel confident and able to deal with almost any conversation with your PhD students?

This workshop will give PhD supervisors powerful conversation tools which can:

  • Quickly shift conversations from problems and complaints to solutions
  • Empower PhD students to take more personal responsibility for success
  • Help struggling students to identify their strengths and develop resilience
  • Help identify students who might require more specialist support

Based on a Solution Focused Approach, the conversation tools are easy to learn and use.  Research has shown that one of the greatest benefits of Solution Focus is in reducing practitioner stress.

EligibilityAll staff
Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2020, 14:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 01M.19, Baillie Room, New College Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Practical Strategies for...Widening Participation

Description

Do you want to know more about widening participation? What this means for you in your role and your students? And how you can be a part of making this happen?

‘Support to succeed’ is one of the four principles of the University’s Widening Participation Strategy. This session will offer you practical strategies for identifying, signposting, and supporting students from under-represented backgrounds to help them succeed in their studies.

“Our [widening participation] strategy pushes us to not only further widen access to our institution, but also ensure that those students are supported in their transition, their academic journey, and their progression onto a satisfying career or further study.”  Principal Peter Mathieson

EligibilityAll staff
Date Thursday 05-Dec-2019, 12:00 - 14:00
Venue Central Area
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Practical Strategies for...making courses more accessible and inclusive

Description

For: Programme directors and teams

Facilitator: Rayya Ghul

 This interactive workshop will give participants a space to explore how to build access and inclusion into all parts of the curriculum and provide prompts and tools to continue this process within their own programmes.

You will:

* Developing a shared understanding of key concepts, such as access, inclusion, protected characteristics

* Explore issues that can affect learning, such as unconscious bias and stereotype threat

* Critically consider effective ways to create an accessible and inclusive curriculum, including Universal Design for Learning, identity-safe classrooms and decolonising the curriculum using a model of curriculum design to think more holistically about where you can build in accessibility and inclusion from the outset

EligibilityAll staff
Date Tuesday 03-Dec-2019, 14:00 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.19, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll staff
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 13:00 - 15:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Shut up and Write

Description

Writing retreat for Staff and PhD Students.

If you have any queries or questions please use the contact details below:

MVM Clinical Educator CEP@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 20-Nov-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Moray House
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EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Friday 22-Nov-2019, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.B10, Forrest Hill Building, EH1 2QL Central Area
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EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 27-Nov-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Moray House
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EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Friday 29-Nov-2019, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.B10, Forrest Hill Building, EH1 2QL Central Area
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EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 04-Dec-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room 2.03, Charteris Land Moray House
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EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Friday 06-Dec-2019, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.B10, Forrest Hill Building, EH1 2QL Central Area
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EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 11-Dec-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room 2.03, Charteris Land Moray House
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Date Friday 13-Dec-2019, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.B10, Forrest Hill Building, EH1 2QL Central Area
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EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 18-Dec-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room 2.03, Charteris Land Moray House
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Date Friday 20-Dec-2019, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.B10, Forrest Hill Building, EH1 2QL Central Area
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Date Wednesday 15-Jan-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 17-Jan-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Wednesday 22-Jan-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 24-Jan-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Wednesday 29-Jan-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 31-Jan-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Wednesday 05-Feb-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 07-Feb-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Wednesday 12-Feb-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Wednesday 19-Feb-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 21-Feb-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Wednesday 26-Feb-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 28-Feb-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Wednesday 04-Mar-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 27-Mar-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Wednesday 01-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Wednesday 22-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 24-Apr-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Wednesday 29-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
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Date Friday 01-May-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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Date Friday 31-Jul-2020, 14:00 - 17:00
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engage - Quectures

Description

How can we engage students better in lectures?  Prof Heather McQueen, University of Edinburgh’s newest National Teaching Fellow, has developed ‘Quectures’, a mix of traditional lecturing and interactive learning, including peer instruction.  She will share her method and research findings about the approach.

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Tuesday 05-May-2020, 12:30 - 14:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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engage - Supporting autistic students and colleagues

Description

A joint presentation, from an autistic member of staff and an autism researcher, will combine relevant evidence from research with personal experience and insights to make effective recommendations for best practice in working with autistic students and colleagues.  Unsurprisingly, many of these can have widespread benefits for the entire student body.

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Thursday 04-Jun-2020, 12:30 - 14:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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engage - Using cognitive load theory to help students learn more effectively

Description

Michael Seery - Cognitive load theory provides a useful framework for thinking about how we present and use information in teaching. I have found it powerful as a way to consider and check the extent and volume of information available for learners to draw on in given scenarios. This has led to approaches in my own practices grounded in enabling preparation by learners, so that any activity conducted by learners in a classroom setting can be more accessible to all.

 

 

  

EligibilityAll staff All students
Date Tuesday 28-Jan-2020, 13:00 - 14:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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