Teaching: one way to your academic career


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Teaching: one way to your academic career
Jaye McIsaac
Educational Developer
University of Salford

22 June 2010

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  • Introduction - connect to panel outcomes. Pitched primarily for international students. Recognise in academic career, mix of research, teaching and administration - varies over lifetime of a career NB engagement at Salford: relationships with local and regional communities, national and international engagement (conferences), partnerships
  • Activity: pairs - types of learning: e.g. small, large groups, coaching, supervision, teacher centred Emphasise country where learning took place then compare with your current experience as a postgraduate student
  • Ideals - but learning in HE isn’t always like this! Active learning (versus passive talking - teaching much more than this) = different roles and responsibilities in teaching practice Student centred - examples of this type of approach - e.g. problem based learning NB: Stereotype of language barrier = student’s can’t keep up - in fact they can (more than home students) because they’re motivated to learn.
  • NB: Salford’s unique feature - engagement.
  • Introductory programme: 3 - days with workshops - see SPoRT to register No accredited programme - yet Rethink what ‘teaching’ is - teaching is more than talking in front of groups! It is getting harder to get teaching opportunities - so what do you do? Conferences / presentations Give seminars Volunteer for small group working Ask your supervisor (and team) how you can help Go to workshops - watch how they’re run / facilitated - what do you like? Vitae conferences - early career researchers - you can volunteer to present. Any peer mentoring schemes available? Ask in your School - Associate Head of Teaching a good contact point International students - help new students - what do they need to know? Study Skills - volunteer to help other students who need to learn what you already know 
  • Show HEA subject centre website: Biosciences and Psychology Programmes that offer accreditation or individual routes: NB - you will get this as part of your employment as an academic (teaching programme) Vitae - talk to the graduate studies team to find out about events - volunteer to give a contribution - be prepared to try anything!
  • Teaching supports research and research supports teaching - research-informed teaching is key in the UK HE sector
  • Reiterate earlier comments on slide 7
  • Teaching is both demanding and rewarding - you will learn lots.
  • Teaching: one way to your academic career

    1. 1. Teaching: one way to your academic career Jaye McIsaac Educational Developer University of Salford 22 June 2010 © Copyright rests with the authors. Please cite appropriately.
    2. 2. Your experience of learning and teaching <ul><li>In pairs: </li></ul><ul><li>What is your experience of learning at university? </li></ul><ul><li>Give some examples </li></ul><ul><li>How do students typically learn in your home country? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this compare with your experience? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Learning and teaching in universities: United Kingdom <ul><li>Active Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Student centred </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment methods </li></ul><ul><li>- range </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Technologies </li></ul>How does your experience of learning prepare you for teaching in the United Kingdom?
    4. 4. Teaching at university <ul><li>“ University teachers face … adjustment to larger classes, containing a greater spread of student ability and </li></ul><ul><li>motivation … </li></ul><ul><li>Good teaching is getting all students to use the cognitive level processes that good students use spontaneously” </li></ul><ul><li>(Biggs 1999) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Teaching at university <ul><li>Interest and explanation </li></ul><ul><li>Concern and respect for students and </li></ul><ul><li>student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate assessment and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Clear goals and intellectual challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Independence, control and active </li></ul><ul><li>engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Learning from students </li></ul><ul><li>Ramsden (1992:96) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Academic role <ul><ul><li>A ‘mix’ of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Engagement’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Watch out for… </li></ul><ul><li>Variation during career </li></ul><ul><li>Time for research and ‘good’ teaching </li></ul>
    7. 7. Professional Development for Postgraduate Teachers <ul><li>Your university will provide some of: </li></ul><ul><li>A structured programme to help you learn how to teach/support learning </li></ul><ul><li>An accredited programme </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>A learning and teaching mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>But still much depends on you (sorry!) </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is different; </li></ul><ul><li>Every university is different; </li></ul><ul><li>Schools are different; </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisors are different </li></ul>
    8. 8. Postgraduate Teachers: the national picture <ul><ul><li>The Higher Education Academy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinates recognition of national qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at your subject centre site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VITAE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organises national and regional events for postgrads </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Postgraduate teachers: the national picture <ul><li>Postgraduate teachers are increasingly important in delivering teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Lectures, seminars, practicals (demonstrating), sometimes marking </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching is recognised by Research Councils UK as a key generic skill </li></ul><ul><li>Your experience at this stage is the beginning of the teaching part of your academic career </li></ul>
    10. 10. Find out more: <ul><li>Academic staff (watch them!) </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate peers </li></ul><ul><li>Your Supervisory team </li></ul><ul><li>National Postgraduate Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Salford Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT) </li></ul><ul><li>University of Salford Postgraduate Research Blog </li></ul><ul><li>University of Salford PhD Careers Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education Academy Website </li></ul><ul><li>VITAE website </li></ul>
    11. 11. Last words … <ul><li>Your experience counts </li></ul><ul><li>You will learn a lot from teaching </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to adapt to meet the demands of your students and the subject </li></ul><ul><li>There is lots of help available – just ask </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Good luck  </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>© Copyright rests with the authors. Please cite appropriately.