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Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education

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Background


Teaching skills are increasingly important when applying for academic positions. In most academic positions you will combine research and teaching activities. Universities thus look for candidates who cover both an excellent research record (or the promise to develop an excellent research profile) but also experience and/ or a formal certificate of teaching skills.
Several times a year the EUI offers a theoretical and practical ‘Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education’. Participants who attend the whole course, teach a practice session, present a course proposal and give feedback on the course proposals of three peers will be given an EUI teacher training certificate.
According to the EUI policy regarding teaching placements, all researchers who wish to go on external teaching placements organised by the EUI must have completed this training before the start of the placement.

How this Course Works


The courses will be a "full immersion" in the world of teaching and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in short teaching practice slots. We will provide both a theoretical approach to and practical knowledge of the most important issues that, according to current theories, teachers in higher education should take into consideration. In addition to the presentation of conceptual tools and strategies for good teaching and learning, some time will be allocated to practical exercises. For example, all participants will be asked to give a short lecture or seminar simulation which will be monitored and evaluated by their peers and the trainers. In the session ‘Designing University Teaching’, the drafting of a ‘course proposal’ will be examined, and the participants will be invited to complete the proposal independently within a fixed time frame. It will then be evaluated by their peers. 

What You Will Learn


At the end of the course you will

  • have an understanding of the most important theories underlying teaching in Higher Education
  • have acquired the skills to start teaching
  • have a better understanding of the learning & teaching approaches underlying effective course design
  • have understood how different teaching and learning activities can support your teaching objectives

This course will provide you with skills to design a course proposal. Both the course proposal and certificate should form part of your portfolio when you apply for a teaching position.

 

Prof. Lesley Gourlay

Professor Lesley Gourlay is a visiting academic from UCL Institute of Education, London. She has extensive experience in teaching, doctoral supervision, management, external examining, and academic development in higher education, and is Director of the IOE Academic Writing Centre.

Her research and publications focus on theoretical aspects of media and student engagement in the university. She is an executive editor of the journal Teaching in Higher Education, and on the editorial boards of Learning, Media and Technology, Research in Learning Technology, and Postdigital Science and Education.

Lesley is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of the Arts, and holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. 

nicky

(currently on leave)
Nicola Hargreaves (EUI) is a member of the Language Centre and the Academic Communications team (Max Weber Programme).

She is an Associate Fellow at the Higher Education Academy (UK)  and she teaches academic and professional English, public speaking skills, and introductory courses to teaching in Higher Education.
Nicola graduated in languages from the University of Otago, Dunedin, and an RSA DTEFLA.

Her research interests lie in the fields of academic writing, scholarly legal writing, public speaking skills, and teaching and learning.

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