Two courses exist to prepare doctoral researchers for teaching and lecturing in higher education – a four-session delivered programme called Teaching Skills for Doctoral Students (TSDS), and an online course called University and College Teaching (UCT).
Generally doctoral researchers should do the TSDS course before undertaking teaching at the University, although under some circumstances (relating to the timing or capacity of TSDS) the UCT course can be done in lieu.
UCT can also be undertaken voluntarily by anyone at anytime, to upskill themselves, or as a refresher for those with some teaching experience.
Please note that neither of these are credit-bearing. The HEA-accredited PgCert Learning and Teaching is the advanced programme in this area.
Teaching Skills for Doctoral Students
TSDS consists of four sessions:
1. Introduction to teaching in HE – Setting the scene; teaching at Sheffield Hallam University
2. Session planning and ‘delivery’ – How to plan effective sessions
3. Active learning – introduction and exploration of active learning approaches
4. Personal approaches / theories – relating personal approaches to teaching with theoretical ideas
Participants must attend at least three out of four sessions, including the first one, to complete the course
June 16 cohort – This course is now full
November 16 cohort – Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register on this cohort
March 17 cohort – Please email email@example.com to register on this cohort
University and College Teaching
UCT is an online course which consists of nine modules: Lecturing 1, Lecturing 2, Resources to Enhance Student Learning, Making the Most of Discussion, Supervising Projects and Dissertations, Marking and Giving Feedback, Understanding the Principles of Course Design, Developing your Teaching, Teaching with Patients.
UCT can be accessed by first logging into Blackboard, then clicking this link. It can also be found on Blackboard by browsing to the Academic CPD Online Courses site under organisation sites.