Taking those first steps into teaching can be challenging. That’s why the Higher Education Academy has designed a bespoke set of New to Teaching in HE training events, aimed at nurturing and developing professional learning skills right from the very beginning.
New to Teaching in STEM: Biosciences is an online course aimed specifically at those who are new to teaching in the biosciences, or have received no formal training in HE teaching.
New to Teaching in STEM: Biosciences is designed to enhance your understanding and knowledge of critical areas of practice; knowledge which will, in turn, benefit your students and complement the overall reputation of your academic institution.
“There are institutional courses that provide an overview of what it’s like to teach everyone from mathematicians to arts and humanities students, whereas this is aimed specifically at those who understand the issues that come with teaching bioscience students,” says Dr Kay Hack of the HEA, part of the team which delivers the course. “Not only that, it is also delivered by people who have that experience.”
New to Teaching in STEM: Biosciences focuses on four key areas, namely (i) designing and planning learning activities which benefit students (ii) reviewing contemporary approaches to learning and teaching in the biosciences (iii) identifying effective and efficient forms of assessment and feedback that aid bioscience students, and (iv) reflecting on how continuous professional development can enhance not only your teaching but also your students’ learning, benefitting your institution as a whole in the process.
The course is divided into four sessions, with two hours of study taking place each week over four weeks (the resources being available to participants for an additional three months afterwards). The online format provides added flexibility, acknowledging the time pressures faced by academics and scientists.
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Who should attend?
If you are a lecturer, post-doctoral researcher or research student within the biosciences who is new to teaching at university level, then this course is tailor-made for you.
“The quality of these sessions has been outstanding; the content and examples provided will be immensely useful to new lecturers.” – Professor John Mason, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford.
Who is delivering the programme?
New to Teaching in Stem: Biosciences is a HEA course developed by Dr Kay Hack (Academic Lead, STEM), Sam Elkington (Academic Lead, Assessment and Feedback) and Professor Sally Bradley (Academic Lead for Professional Learning and Development). Kay, Sam and Sally will be moderating the online course and supporting your learning.
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Benefits to the attendee
- A course aimed specifically at those who are new to teaching in the biosciences, designed by Higher Education Academy experts with experience of teaching bioscience students
- A flexible online learning format designed to fit in around your precious time
- The opportunity to develop your understanding and knowledge of critical areas of practice, which will in turn benefit your students
- A wide range of learning outcomes, including reviewing contemporary approaches to learning and teaching in the biosciences
Benefits to the institution
- Demonstrates your commitment to learning and teaching by supporting staff eager to build confidence and expertise early on in their careers
- An opportunity for you to proactively invest in the continuing professional development of your bioscience staff, something they will appreciate and your students will in turn benefit from
- Held online, so as to complement your timetable and resources