Develop your teaching skills and gain formal teaching recognition

As the old adage says, the best way to learn something is to teach it so someone else. Teaching can be a very rewarding experience, and many PGRs have opportunities to do so during their PhD. Yet, how confident do you feel in your teaching skills? How do you know if you are doing the right thing? Many PGRs find stepping into the classroom for the first time a very daunting experience.

This is where the Academic Development team can help. We offer introductory workshops for those new to teaching, as well as teaching recognition programmes tailored to your teaching role. Of particular relevance to PGRs who teach are the introductory workshop and the Foundations of Learning and Teaching in HE (FLTHE) programmes.

Introduction to teaching:

For anyone new to teaching at Liverpool, we offer a 1-day workshop called Introduction to Supporting Student Learning. This is an interactive workshop which will give you an introduction to the theory of learning and teaching in Higher Education and chance to discuss techniques for supporting student learning in a range of different contexts.

upcoming dates – Introduction to Supporting Student Learning:
Tuesday 17 September
Tuesday 1 October
Thursday 6 February
Tuesday 11 February

For those who primarily demonstrate in practical classes, we offer two half day workshops: Introduction to Demonstrating and Advanced Demonstrator. The first of these will give you an introduction to the theory of learning and teaching in Higher Education and a chance to practice techniques for engaging students in practical classes. The second session builds on your initial experience to consider how to handle particularly challenging situations as well as how to assess student work.

upcoming dates – Introduction to Demonstrating
Monday 23 September 13:30–16:30
Wednesday 25 September 12:00–15:00
Thursday 3 October 9:30–12:30
Monday 20 January 13:30–16:30
Wednesday 22 January 13:30–16:30

upcoming dates – Advanced Demonstrator:
Wednesday 23 October 13:30–16:30
Wednesday 19 February 13:30–16:30

Further developing your teaching skills and gaining formal recognition – Foundations of Learning and Teaching in HE programme

The FLTHE programme is a developmental programme aimed at those relatively new to teaching in Higher Education. The programme aims to support you in the development of your teaching skills and ideas in the context of your current role, and to increase your understanding and appreciation of alternative approaches and wider viewpoints of teaching and learning issues. Much of the benefit of the course derives from the opportunity to work with peers in similar situations from across the university in a cross-curricular ‘community of practice’, sharing ideas and experiences of teaching. The programme takes approximately 4 months to complete,and successful completion gives you a formal teaching accreditation in the form of Associate Fellow of the HEA.