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New to Teaching

Build the confidence to successfully deliver effective courses in a safe and nurturing environment.

Effective and engaging teaching in an online or blended environment requires an understanding of effective pedagogies for online and hybrid teaching. For those who are not experienced in online teaching or those who are new to teaching generally, this can feel challenging.


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Next cohort starts 22 March 2023.

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Enhance your teaching practices

Advance HE has designed New to Teaching to nurture and develop contemporary professional learning, with a particular focus on the basics of effective teaching practice, incorporating the latest innovations in online pedagogies and digital delivery within fully virtual or hybrid teaching spaces.

The programme models approaches and activities which can be taken into HE teaching, positioning the participant as a learner in online spaces and inviting them to reflect critically on the experiences in order to enhance their own teaching practices.

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In this video Kristine Pole, Senior Advisor Learning and Teaching, Advance HE introduces the New to Teaching Programme.

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How is the programme delivered?

This is an online programme with synchronous and asynchronous activities which consist of a mixture of whole cohort/ collaborative/individual activities. The online format provides added flexibility, acknowledging the time pressures faced by teaching staff.

The programme is divided into six learning blocks over six weeks, requiring roughly 3-4 hours of study each week; a 2-hour live interactive session and approximately 1-2 hours of directed study. Each live session will be recorded and the resources will be made available to participants for an additional month afterward the formal end of the course on Advance HE’s virtual learning environment.

Programme structure

(the order of specific weeks are subject to change)

Week 1

Introduction to teaching and learning and building communities of learners 

Week 2

Inclusive teaching practice

Week 3

Planning, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment and Feedback 

Week 4

Effective approaches to online or virtual teaching

Week 5

The Tech Clinic, a showcase of tools and Reflective Practice and Action Planning

Week 6

Microteaching: A chance to try teaching online

What are the programme outcomes?

After attending the webinars and completing formative tasks, participants will be able to:

  1. Create effective learning plans for study in an online and hybrid environment.
  2. Select and use appropriate formative and summative assessment and feedback tools that support learning in an online environment;
  3. Use digital tools creatively and ethically to enhance learning opportunities for all students; 
  4. Work effectively and collaboratively online;
  5. Reflect on the learning experience in order to enhance future teaching practices. 
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Kristine Pole

Senior Advisor Learning and Teaching
Advance HE
Kristine Pole
Kristine has spent her career in Higher Education, focussing on improving and developing teaching and learning in her roles as a Senior Lecturer, Director of Learning and Teaching and Section Director in the Business School at Canterbury Christ Church University.
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