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 tutors and demonstrators with help from the Institute for Academic Development. 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. Attendance is recorded at each session, and all teaching support staff will be paid for their attendance at the regular houry 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, other teaching support staff are also welcome, and will also be paid for their attendance at the regular demostrator rate. Each 'Essentials' session is compulsory to new teaching support staff occupying the role that it details (e.g. 'Essentials of Being a Demonstrator in Informatics' is compulsory for demonstrators). The attendance of this staff will be strictly monitored and absenteism may affect employment as a 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 demonstrator rate.

Schedule for 2017/2018

Semester 1
Title Week Date Time Venue Supporting Documents Other Resources

Essentials of Being a Demonstrator in Informatics

 Week

2

27th

September 

2017

14.00-15.00hrs

AT, Rm TBC

Essentials of Being a Tutor in Informatics  Week 2 27th September 2017 15.00-16.00hrs AT, Rm TBC
Essentials of Being a Marker in Informatics  Week 3 4th October 2017 14.00-15.00hrs AT, Rm TBC
Essentials of Being a Teaching Assistant in Informatics  Week 3 4th October 2017 15:00-16:00hrs AT, Rm TBC

For developing course material:

For supporting students:

Tutoring and Demonstrating - Tricks and Challenges  Week 4 11th October 2017 14:00-16:00hrs AT, Rm TBC
Marking and Providing Feedback- Tricks and Challenges  Week 6 25th October 2017 14.00-16.00hrs AT, Rm TBC
Gathering feedback workshop  Week 8 8th November 2017 14:00-16:00hrs AT, Rm TBC
Applying for a teaching accreditation  Week 10 22nd November 2017 14:00-16:00hrs AT, Rm TBC

 

 

Semester 2
Title Week Date Time Venue Supporting Documents Other Resources
Essentials of Being a Demonstrator in Informatics Week 2 24th January 2018 14.00-15.00hrs AT, Rm TBC Same as for Semester 1
Essentials of Being a Tutor in Informatics Week 2 24th January 2018 15.00-16.00hrs AT, Rm TBC Same as for Semester 1
Essentials of Being a Marker in Informatics Week 3 31st January 2018 14.00-15.00hrs AT, Rm TBC Same as for Semester 1
Essentials of Being a Teaching Assistant in Informatics Week 3 31st January 2018 15.00-16.00hrs AT, Rm TBC Same as for Semester 1
Planning for and troubleshooting tutorials and labs Week 4 7th February 2018 14:00-16:00hrs AT, Rm TBC
Supporting students beyond the course Week 5 14th February 2018 14:00-16:00hrs AT, Rm TBC
Designing Courses Week 9 21st March 2018 14:00-16:0hrs AT, Rm TBC
Designing Courses (380.21 KB PDF)
  • “Designing courses” material on the “IAD Resources on Tutoring and Demonstrating” channel in Learn
  • General texts on course design:
    • Butcher, C., Davis, C. & Highton, M. (2006) Designing Learning. From module outline to effective teaching. Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education. Routledge.
    • Toohey, S. (1999) Designing Courses for Higher Education. Buckingham, Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press
    • Morss, K. & Murray, R. (2005). Teaching at University: A guide for postgraduates & researchers. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. 
    • Biggs, John (2003, 2nd Ed) Teaching for Quality Learning at University: What the student does. Buckingham: Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press

 

 

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.​