Supporting Learning and Teaching Pathway
Dr Richard Bale
The Supporting Learning and Teaching Pathway (SLTP) has been designed to meet the needs of the significant number of College staff whose job involves supporting learners but who are not part of the full-time academic staff. The pathway is designed to increase participants' knowledge of learning and teaching issues relevant to their roles at Imperial.
SLTP runs from January to June. It comprises face-to-face sessions, online learning activities and attendance at least one additional workshop.
SLTP is one of Imperial College’s Foundations in Teaching pathways and is accredited as part of the Imperial STAR Framework. Participants who complete this programme can apply to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (at Higher Education Academy). All work that participants undertake on SLTP is designed to contribute to their application.
The Supporting Learning and Teaching Pathway (SLTP)
Who is it for?
Generally speaking, SLTP is appropriate for people who support learning and teaching but are not involved in the full range of teaching activities. The course may therefore be especially attractive to, among others:
What are the benefits of choosing this pathway?
SLTP is intended to assist people in becoming more effective and confident in those parts of their work roles that relate to supporting learning. It is designed to allow participants to develop their understanding and their skills in the context of those work roles. It offers:
How is the pathway constructed?
There are three complementary parts to SLTP:
- Face-to-face sessions
SLTP starts in late January with an introductory session that focuses on the key features of supporting learning in different settings, reflecting the roles and experience of participants. This workshop also discusses what is involved in applying to become an Associate Fellow of the HEA. The second workshop is a full-day session in February and explores the factors that influence how students learn and how teachers can best facilitate that learning across the whole range of their work. The third workshop is a full day session in March and discusses issues around assessment and feedback methods and approaches. There is also a half-day workshop in June where we will explore learning and teaching practices.
An introduction to SLTP: Wednesday 22 January (14.00-17.00)
Introduction to Teaching for Learning: Wednesday 19 February (10.00-16.00)
Introduction to Assessing and Giving Feedback: Wednesday 11 March (10.00-16.00)
Inclusive learning plus preparing your fellowship application: Wednesday 10 June (14.00-17.00)
- Structured online learning
In between these face-to-face sessions, online activities are designed to help:
- Additional workshops
In addition to the core workshops, you will be required to attend one or two workshops offered by the EDU, Learning and Development Centre or the Graduate School. This will allow you to focus on those areas that are relevant to your role. For example, if you would like the chance to review and develop your teaching practice, then attending Communicating knowledge or Training the Trainer might be particularly beneficial.
SLTP is comprised of the following:
- Face to face sessions (4) between January and June
- Online learning tasks to be completed between sessions
- Attendance at 1 or 2 EDU workshops (depending on workshop length) over the January to June period
- Submission of application for Associate Fellowship of the HEA via the STAR Framework
What is the time commitment?
In terms of commitment of time and effort, participants can anticipate spending three full days on the core face-to-face sessions spread over January to June and a shorter (around one day) length of time on other workshops. The length of time that the online activities take is harder to judge and will vary between participants, but a good indication is between two and three days over the course of the six months.
What is the difference between SLTP and the PG Cert ULT?
To take the PG Cert ULT you need to be engaged in a relatively substantial amount of teaching, designing courses and/or supervising university students sufficient to complete the assessment. It will be possible, if the PG Cert ULT is suitable for you in other ways, to progress from SLTP to the PG Cert and to 'count' some of SLTP towards it.
For an informal chat about the course:
Dr Richard Bale