Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Orientation courses

Who can take part in these courses?

  • current tutors or demonstrators at the University of Edinburgh
  • people who will be tutors or demonstrators at the University of Edinburgh soon
  • courses will be most valuable to you if you have already started in your specific teaching role

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.

Assessment and Providing Feedback

Description

This workshop is intended for tutors and demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh with responsibility for marking and/or providing feedback.

It provides an overview of assessment processes and explores the students' needs for support at different stages. It identifies some of the challenges faced by markers, discusses strategies for coping with these challenges; and examines good practice in providing feedback on students' work. Please note we do not do any practical marking exercises in this workshop due to the varied practices across disciplines and subjects.

You will get most out of this workshop if you have had some experience marking. Before signing up, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory. School workshops will be able to provide subject specific advice and guidance. IMPORTANT NOTE: **JOINING INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE SENT PRIOR TO THE EVENT**

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity as someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them.  

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 01-Feb-2023, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Effective Tutoring Introduction (On Campus)

Description

This workshop is for tutors who are new or relatively new to teaching tutorials from across the University of Edinburgh with a focus on open-discussion classes.

We consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and share experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Before signing up for this workshop, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory.  

***  NOTE:  Please bring along a device that can connect to the internet as we will be using interactive technology. ***

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity as someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. 

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 18-Jan-2023, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Effective Tutoring Introduction (Online)

Description

This workshop is for tutors who are new or relatively new to teaching tutorials from across the University of Edinburgh with a focus on open-discussion classes.

We consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and share experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Before signing up for this workshop, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory.  

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

**JOINING INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE SENT ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT**

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity as someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them.  

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.

Engaging students in an online environment

Description

This online workshop is aimed at tutors from the University of Edinburgh who are new or have recently started teaching in an online environment. The course will be delivered via Collaborate Ultra to give participants experience of learning in an online context and to gain an understanding of some of the benefits and barriers that student s may face when learning online.

During the session we will explore what student expectations of learning in an online environment may be, approaches we can use to engage and support students online, and some of the skills an online tutor will need.

After attending this workshop you will:

  • Have gained experience of learning in an online environment;
  • Be aware of approaches that can be used to engage students online;
  • Have considered some of the skills an online tutor will need to develop to support students effectively online

***All participants will be emailed a link to attend the workshop prior to event taking place***

EligibilityAll staff PGT All Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Thursday 19-Jan-2023, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Enhancing Tutorials

Description

This course is intended for tutors from across the University of Edinburgh who have already started teaching tutorials.

It contains a stocktaking exercise of your recent teaching experiences; discussion of tricky issues and coping strategies; suggestions for how you can get feedback on your teaching; and a facilitated discussion on using technology tutorials.

This course will focus on your current tutoring experience. If you are not yet teaching tutorials this semester, you should not sign up for this course. ***  NOTE:  Please bring along a device that can connect to the internet as we will be using interactive learning technology. ***

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity as someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them.  

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 22-Feb-2023, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Introduction to Laboratory Demonstrating

Description

This workshop is intended for demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh who are new to teaching or have recently started demonstrating.

We will discuss necessary skills to best assist students in laboratories and what strategies might be applied in challenging situations; the boundaries to the demonstrator’s responsibilities; and will have a short overview of safety issues.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Before signing up, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. 

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 11-Jan-2023, 13:30 - 15:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Tutoring in the Sciences

Description

This workshop is for tutors who teach problem-solving tutorials in science courses, who are new or relatively new to teaching.

We consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and share experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Before signing up, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory.

***  NOTE:  Please bring along a device that can connect to the internet as we will be using interactive technology. ***

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity as someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them.  

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 25-Jan-2023, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.