Training

Training Available for Teaching Support Staff

Teaching Support Introduction Presentation

Introduction and Aims

Informatics has set up a one-year long programme of training for Teaching Support Staff [TSS] with help from the Institute for Academic Development [IAD]. This training is open to all students and staff with current teaching roles including tutoring, demonstrating, marking or being a teaching assistant in Informatics.

The  following are the main aims of the training:

  1. Enabling teaching support staff to meet and discuss issues of direct relenace to their roles;
  2. Encouraging the voicing and discussion of concerns regarding teaching;
  3. Advising on activities that teaching support staff could undertake in their teaching according to the literature;
  4. Providing tips and tricks for improving their teaching according to the literature;
  5. Advising on methods that they could use to evaluate their teaching according to the literature;
  6. Raising awareness about School of Informatics and University of Edinburgh policies, rules and regulations pertaining to their position(s);
  7. Raising awareness about useful sources of support;
  8. Raising awareness about the teaching accreditations offered by the Higher Education Academy [HEA], and the courses offered by the university in support of applications to them, for teaching support staff who are interested in developing their teaching beyond the basics.

The training promotes the importance of developing one's teaching, even if not pursuing an academic career.  It consists of 5-6 sessions per semester, ranging from essential to more advanced. Students are expected to sign up to sessions in advance and attendance is recorded at each session. Teaching support staff will be paid for attendance at all training sessions that they attend at the UE06 regular hourly rate, provided they declare the hours of training undertaken in their weekly timesheets.

'Essentials' Sessions

There are 4 one hour 'Essentials' sessions, one for each main role in Informatics- tutoring, demonstrating, marking and being a TA. They are repeated each semester. Their main purpose is that of getting new teaching support staff started in their role(s) by detailing responsibilities and expectations according to policies, rules and regulations, advising on sources of support and offering them some initial advice. However, experienced teaching support staff are also welcome, and will also be paid for their attendance at the regular hourly rate. Each 'Essentials' session is compulsory for new teaching support staff occupying the role that it details, prior to commencing any work (e.g. 'Essentials of Being a Demonstrator in Informatics' is compulsory for demonstrators). Attendance will be strictly monitored and absenteism may affect employment as teaching support staff in the future.  Those teaching support staff who occupy several different roles are expected to attend all of the appropriate 'Essentials' sessions.

More Advanced Sessions

Following the 'Essentials' sessions, more detailed sessions on teaching are conducted the rest of the semester. They will not be normally repeated in Semester 2, unless there is a clear demand for this from participants. These sessions focus more on activities, strategies, and provide more advice on how to tackle common difficulties. Although some of these sessions discuss about a certain role - e.g. tutoring - all members of teaching support staff are welcome to attend, and will be paid for their attendance at the regular hourly rate.

Schedule for 2018/2019

 

Semester 2
Title Week Date Time Venue Supporting Documents/ Notes
Induction session Welcome Week

Friday,

11 January 2019

 

14:00-16:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33

Quick cover session to familiarise those starting in week 1.

 

Essential Training for Demonstrators (Semester 2) "Essentials of being a Demonstrator in Informatics"  Week 1

Wednesday,

16 January 2019

14:00-15:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33

Students MUST sign up and attend this training session prior to taking on any demonstrator roles. Students that haven't attended the training session won't be appointed.

 

Essential Training for Tutors (Semester 2) "Essentials of being a Tutor in Informatics"  Week 1

Wednesday,

16 January 2019

15:00-16:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33

Students MUST sign up and attend this training session prior to taking on any tutor roles. Students that haven't attended the training session won't be appointed.

 

Essential Training for Markers (Semester 2) "Essentials of being a Marker in Informatics"  Week 2

Wednesday,

23 January 2019

14:00-15:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33

Students MUST sign up and attend this training session prior to taking on any marker roles. Students that haven't attended the training session won't be appointed.

 

Essential Training for TA's (Semester 2) "Essentials of being a TA in Informatics"  Week 2

Wednesday,

23 January 2019

15:00-16:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33

Students MUST sign up and attend this training session prior to taking on any TA roles. Students that haven't attended the training session won't be appointed.

 

ADVANCED TRAINING Session 1  (Semester 2): "Troubleshooting Tutorials and Labs".  Week 4

Wednesday,

06 February 2019

14:00-16:00hrs TBC

The advanced sessions focus more on activities, strategies, and provide more advice on how to tackle common difficulties. Although some of these sessions discuss about a certain role- e.g. tutoring - all members of teaching support staff are welcome to attend, and will be paid for their attendance at the regular demonstrator rate.

 

ADVANCED TRAINING Session 2  (Semester 2): "Troubleshooting Marking ". Week 5

Wednesday,

13 February 2019

14:00-16:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33

The advanced sessions focus more on activities, strategies, and provide more advice on how to tackle common difficulties. Although some of these sessions discuss about a certain role- e.g. tutoring - all members of teaching support staff are welcome to attend, and will be paid for their attendance at the regular demonstrator rate.

 

ADVANCED TRAINING Session 3 (Semester 2): "Supporting Students beyond the course" Week 6

Wednesday,

27 February 2019

14:00-16:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33

The advanced sessions focus more on activities, strategies, and provide more advice on how to tackle common difficulties. Although some of these sessions discuss about a certain role- e.g. tutoring - all members of teaching support staff are welcome to attend, and will be paid for their attendance at the regular demonstrator rate.

 

ADVANCED TRAINING Session 4 (Semester 2): "New ways of teaching" Week 8

Wednesday,

13 March 2019

14:00-16:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33

The advanced sessions focus more on activities, strategies, and provide more advice on how to tackle common difficulties. Although some of these sessions discuss about a certain role- e.g. tutoring - all members of teaching support staff are welcome to attend, and will be paid for their attendance at the regular demonstrator rate.

 

ADVANCED TRAINING Session 5  (Semester 2): "Final Reflection, Next Steps and Teaching Accrediation Summary Workshop".  Week 10

Wednesday,

27 March 2019

14:00-16:00hrs IF - 4.31 & 4.33 The advanced sessions focus more on activities, strategies, and provide more advice on how to tackle common difficulties. Although some of these sessions discuss about a certain role- e.g. tutoring - all members of teaching support staff are welcome to attend, and will be paid for their attendance at the regular demonstrator rate.

 

 

 

Semester 1
Title Week          Date Time Venue Supporting Documents (also see their references)

 

Essentials of Being a Demonstrator in Informatics (S1)

 

Week 1 Wednesday 19th September 2018

14.00

-15.00hrs

4.31/4.33 Informatics Forum

Essentials of   Being a Tutor in Informatics (S1)

 

 Week 1

Wednesday 19th September 2018

15.00

-16.00hrs

4.31/4.33 Informatics Forum

Essentials of Being a Marker in Informatics (S1)

 

 Week 1

Wednesday 19th September 2018

16.00 -17.00hrs

4.31/4.33 Informatics Forum

Essentials of Being a Teaching Assistant in Informatics (S1)

 

 Week 1

Wednesday 26th September 2018

14:00

-15:00hrs

5.04, Appleton Tower

Advanced Training 1: Teaching Assistant Special: Developing Course Material

 Week 2

Wednesday 26th September 2018

15:00

-16:00hrs

5.01, Appleton Tower

 

 

 

Advanced Training 2: What makes a good Tutor and Demonstrator in Informatics?

Invited Speaker: Dr. Iain Murray (School of Informatics)

 Week 3

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

14.00

-16.00hrs

4.31/4.33, Informatics Forum

 

 

 

Advanced Training 3: What makes a good Marker and provider of Feedback in Informatics?

 Week 6

Friday 26th October 2018

 13.00

-15.00hrs

G.07 & G.07A, Informatics Forum

 

 

 

Advanced Training 4: Gathering feedback workshop

Invited Speaker: Dr. Kami Vaniea (School of Informatics)

 

Week 7

Wednesday 31st October 2018

14:00

-16:00hrs

4.31/4.33, Informatics Forum

 

 

 

Advanced Training 5: The Basics of a Teaching Accreditation

Invited speakers:

Emily Salvesen FHEA (Institute for Academic Development)

Dr. Chris Heunen (School of Informatics)

 

Week 9

Wednesday 14th November 2018

14:00

-16:00hrs

5.04, Appleton Tower

 

 

 

Advanced Training 6: Supporting Students

Invited speakers:

Janet Gardiner (Student Disability Service)

Iris Sloan (Student Counselling Service)

 

Week 10 Wednesday 21st November 2018 14:00 - 16:00hrs 4.31/4.33, Informatics Forum

 

 

General Exam Invigilator Training (Semester 1)

 

Week 11 TBC - December 2018 TBC TBC  

 

General University Support for Tutors and Demonstrators, via the Institute for Academic Development

Additionally, the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) provides the University with a number of useful resources related to teaching development, particularly for tutors and demonstrators.  These are targeted to all staff/students from across the University and are therefore generic in character.  The IAD workshops are recommended especially if for some reason you cannot participate in the Informatics tutors' sessions, or if you are interested in developing your teaching further.

Informatics teaching support staff are welcome to attend any of the training sessions run by IAD, however, unlike the the local training provided, this would normally be unpaid.  For further information please contact Informatics Student Services.​