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Introduction to University Teaching

Introduction to University Teaching

October 2021 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The essential guide to teaching and learning in higher education for early career academics, postgraduate researchers, graduate teaching assistants and professional services staff.

This accessible text offers practical guidance for anyone new to teaching in higher education. It covers key aspects of teaching and learning relevant for early career academics, postgraduate researchers, graduate teaching assistants and professional services staff, including those working towards Advance HE/Higher Education Academy (HEA) recognition.

Understand how to plan and evaluate teaching sessions, the dynamics of teaching in small and large groups, how to use technology effectively, the particular challenges of laboratory and fieldwork and the importance of inclusive practice and career development.

Key features include:

·         Practical strategies to enhance student learning and motivation.

·         Case studies from higher education professionals in various roles

·         Activities and reflection points applying educational principles to your own teaching

·         Chapter links to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)

Chapter 1: Starting to teach in higher education
Chapter 2: Considering how we learn and how we teach
Chapter 3: Understanding course design and planning teaching
Chapter 4: Facilitating learning in small groups
Chapter 5: Teaching large groups and giving lectures
Chapter 6: Supporting students in laboratories and during fieldwork
Chapter 7: Working with individual students and supervising projects
Chapter 8: Using digital technologies in learning and teaching
Chapter 9: Developing inclusive teaching practice
Chapter 10: Assessing and giving feedback
Chapter 11: Overcoming challenges of the teaching role
Chapter 12: Developing your teaching and career

This is an excellent text for colleagues new to teaching in HE. It outlines key roles and responsibilities for a teaching fellow. There was quite a heavy emphasis on the GTA status (understandably due to the author's role!) There could be some more variety e.g. examples of colleagues from a professional background entering HE, for example. But that said, I would heartily recommend it for colleagues entering our programme. I will add it to our reading list for 2022/23.

Dr Mary Kitchener
Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University
November 19, 2021

Really helpful introduction, so have added it to our reading list for the first module of our PGCert

Dr Sarah Moore
Academic programmes and student engagement, Sheffield University
December 10, 2021

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