A joined-up PGT programme requires cohesion between, and layering of, modules to avoid content duplication and to ensure all programme LOs are met. Underpinning this, is effective planning, running, and management of each module – encompassing learning, teaching, assessment, and feedback strategies, from the perspective of both student and staff experiences. A module lead is in a suitable position to coordinate and be responsible for these, as well as for quality assurance and enhancement.

To support FoM PGT colleagues in establishing and developing their module lead roles, we have designed a short course for current module leads on FoM PGT programmes, or those (with substantial teaching experience) who aspire to module leadership. A tool kit will be subsequently designed to provide further support and reference.

FoM PGT Module Leadership short course

The course will comprise a series of 4 workshops centred around collaborative and holistic module design and delivery, within the context of coordinating and providing a positive learning and teaching experience for students and staff. Workshops will provide a space for you to discuss and develop your module alongside colleagues, and link to suggestions for a bespoke module handbook to use in recruiting and supporting session leads.

Dates and details are as follows, and attendance at all four workshops is required:

Workshop 1: Module Leadership and Professional Identity, 24th June 2021, 10am-12.30pm

In this workshop, you will explore and reflect on what it means to lead a module. For example:

  • what do you do and/or what should you be doing?
  • what are your expectations from other contributors to the module?
  • how will you communicate the above, and to whom?

You will also establish the roles and responsibilities needed for your module to be successful.

Workshop 2: Module Design I – Values and Strategy, 1st July 2021, 10am-12.30pm

Thinking about your module design, this workshop will consider the objectives and context of your module as you explore and reflect on:

  • professional values and attributes your students will (or should) develop;
  • the impact your module will/could have on this;
  • the appropriateness and alignment of your module ILOs, content, and assessments, to achieve the above.

Workshop 3: Module Design II – Structure and Delivery, 8th July 2021, 10am-12.30pm

You will build on your holistic approach to defining the values and ethos of your module by considering the student experience on your module. In doing this you will contextualise and justify elements relating to the structure and delivery of your module. For example:

  • how you bring your choice of teaching and learning activities together;
  • resources and platforms to be used;
  • timeliness, resilience, and sustainability of the module.

Workshop 4: Module Evaluation, QA, Modification, and Support, 15th July 2021, 10am-12.30pm

Tying your module design together, this final workshop will consider how you can ensure your module is both dynamic and sustainable. For example:

  • how should your module be evaluated, and by whom?
  • how can evaluation data be used to enhance and innovate?
  • what procedures and regulations need to be adhered to when making changes to your module?

In addition, you will consider how you will ensure ongoing support and development of your module stakeholders, exploring:

  • how you can support both your students and staff;
  • how you can develop your own professional identity as an academic leader.

All workshops will be linked to suggested sections for inclusion in your module handbook. Some pre-workshop activities will also be required.

All workshops will be run remotely via Teams.

To attend this course, please sign-up here using your Imperial email address. Numbers will be capped at 15, with those currently leading modules on FoM PGT programmes given priority.

 If you have any questions about the course, or if you would like to get involved in developing it, please e-mail Elaina Maginn (e.maginn@imperial.ac.uk).