Context: College of Arts and Law, Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS)
Student partners Postgraduate Teaching Associates (PGTA): Sharon Glaas, Will Evan, Anil Matoo, Peter Atkinson, Liz Cook, and Saffi Grey.
Student partners Undergraduate (UG): Amy Stanley, Amy Terry, Hope Brotherton, Jane Allcroft, Niamh Coffey, Rachael Baines, Qassim Saeed, Nina Dehkordy, Jeffrey (Yip Liang) Jie, Linyu Liao, and Matt Buist.
Staff Project Partner: Nicola Taylor, AWAS, University of Birmingham.
Increased focus on Teaching Excellence necessarily brings with it an increased responsibility for PGTAs and early career academics to deliver a high-quality experience to the students they teach. While our HEI provides excellent introductory courses to learning and teaching in higher education, PGTAs commonly express concern about how to manage day-to-day practical situations in their classrooms.
This project is designed to provide an online teacher training resource to address some of these concerns. It is a collaboration between undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic partners. Student partners are involved on many levels. The materials are based on short video clips and commentaries on best practice which illustrate scenarios identified by undergraduate students, and past and current PGTAs and their mentors, as being worthy of dissemination. These 'critical incidents' are complemented by clips of 'talking heads' interviews with senior staff outlining University and College expectations, links to information on other student support available, and further Learning and Teaching resources. Thus, the project was initiated in response to student concerns, students collaborated in design and development, and students will be the ultimate end users.
We hope these materials will form part of a support package that will ensure a coherent process of professional development for anyone engaged in small group teaching, as well as enhancing and transforming the student learning experience of the students who participate in their seminars.
To provide a set of online CPD materials for postgraduate Teaching Assistants / early career Teaching Fellows and/or academic staff new to the HEI that are designed to encourage reflection on examples of ‘best practice’ and ‘critical incidents’ in small group T/L contexts
To capture and share the student voice as partners in T/L
To capture and share PGTA/novice Seminar Leader experiences and concerns
To contextualise small group teaching within the wider undergraduate student experience and (this) HEI’s expectations
Want to see more?
This link takes you to the AWAS Leading Seminars pilot materials, as yet a work in progress: