New to Teaching

Welcome to the University of Bedfordshire, we hope you're settling well into your new role here. The Centre for Learning Excellence (CLE) deliver resources, guidance and training to new staff and are here to help you settle into your new role.

We have created a Guide to Teaching and Learning [PDF] which is updated each year and made available to all new starters. In addition there is a CLE Teaching and Learning Induction which has been designed to help you bed into all of the aspects of academic practice here at the University.

The Guide is also located on the Teaching Practice Community and information about the Induction programme can be found below. If you have any queries, please contact pts@beds.ac.uk

Unless stated otherwise, signup for our workshops is via iTrent

Teaching and Learning Induction Workshops

Throughout the year, we host a series of workshops which will introduce you to teaching and learning practices at the University. These are mandatory for all staff new to teaching at the University of Bedfordshire.


This session is for all new teaching staff at Beds. For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

In this session we will:

  1. Introduce our Education and Student Experience strategy and vision at BEDS (depending on new PVC)
  2. Introduce the CLE, the UKPSF and HEA recognition programme  
  3. Consider UoB as a widening participation institution and what this means in terms of the University’s Access and Participation Plan milestones
  4. Provide an overview of the University’s pedagogical principles towards designing, delivering and assessing learning (CRE8)
  5. Introduce various student support services and consider how they can be embedded into teaching practice (Sian, LRSE, Student Support, Student Experience, BREO support)
  6. Signpost key resources and documents related to teaching and learning roles and responsibilities (e.g., guide to teaching at BEDS, QA handbook
  7. QA

Dates:

  • Monday 13th September 14:00-17:00

This session is for all new teaching staff at Beds. For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

In this session we will:

  1. Introduce EDI as a nuanced, contested and evolving concept in HE
  2. Examine own practice and responsibilities.
  3. Identify ways to embed EDI.
  4. Explore ways the EDI framework can address the BAME / White student awarding gap
  5. Q&A
  6. Signposting

Dates:

  • Wednesday 15th September 10:00-12:00


This session is for new teaching staff at Beds who have in excess of 2 years’ experience of teaching in HE and are extending their experience or empowering others. They are likely to be involved in unit and / or course design, enhancement and coordination.  For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

In this session we will:

  1. Discuss what we mean by 'employability'
  2. Evaluate the needs of your students in relation to core and transferable skills
  3. Examine the opportunities available through the University’s Careers Service
  4. Consider means of embedding employability activities into the curriculum
  5. Consider how students can record their skills development and communicate effectively with employers

Dates:

  • TBC

This session is for new teaching staff at Beds who have been teaching in HE for less than 2 years and are enhancing their experience. For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

Objectives for this session:

  1. Understand the principles of active and collaborative learning
  2. Consider the benefits of active and collaborative learning environments
  3. Gain a practical insight into how we can design and facilitate active and collaborative learning activities in small and large group contexts

Dates:

  • Tuesday 14th September 13:00-15:00


This session is for all new teaching staff at Beds. For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

In this session we will:

  1. Consider good practice in online delivery
  2. Explore staff/student digital literacy skills development
  3. Evaluate options for asynchronous and synchronous delivery
  4. Examine the tools available for online delivery
  5. Consider options for measuring student engagement

Dates:

  • Thursday 16th September 10:00 - 12:00


This session is for new teaching staff at Beds who have been teaching in HE for less than 2 years and are enhancing their experience. For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

In this session we will:

  1. Critically reflect on factors which impact on common classroom management issues e.g., disengagement
  2. Challenge our own assumptions about disruptive behaviour
  3. Consider how to overcome common classroom management and disengagement through effective and engaging teaching approaches and support

Dates:

  • TBC


This session is for all new teaching staff at Beds. For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

In this session we will:

  1. Explore assessment in higher education: benchmarks, thresholds and outcomes.
  2. Discuss key theories of assessment and feedback, and their implications for practice.
  3. Introduce the UoB approach to assessment: principles, policies and practicalities.
  4. Explore principles related to high standard feedback and methods of developing student feedback literacy

Dates:

  • Wednesday 15th September 14:00-16:00

This session is for all new teaching staff at Beds. For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

In this session we will cover:

  1. Reasons for Academic misconduct occurring
  2. Methods of mitigating against academic misconduct
  3. Detecting academic misconduct in student work
  4. Tools and resources at the University of Bedfordshire
  5. The Academic Integrity Process at UoB

Dates:

  • Wednesday 22nd September 14:00-16:00

This session is for all new teaching staff at Beds. For any enquiries, contact Barbara Silcox at barbara.silcox@beds.ac.uk

In this session, we will:

  1. Explore different methods of evaluating and enhancing your teaching and learning practice
  2. Introduce peer observation at UoB
  3. Explore the role that data analytics can play in evaluating our practice
  4. Consider the student voice and how this can be embedded throughout our practice
  5. Introduce institutional mechanisms for quality enhancement

Dates:

  • Tuesday 21st September 10:00-12:00

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