Explore PGT Pedagogies provides development and discussion opportunities for educators to come together and explore key questions and practices in postgraduate teaching and learning. As such, they create a space for colleagues to share experiences and engage with their teaching practices in new ways. 

As part of the Explore PGT Pedagogies workshop series, we run a variety of stand-alone workshops on various topics of interest to the PGT education community. Please note that the workshop offering is not limited to those listed below, and we invite teaching staff to request and/or collaborate on the design and implementation of additional future workshops. Currently, Explore PGT Pedagogies workshops take place online through Microsoft Teams. 

All teaching staff within the Faculty are invited to attend any of the workshops below, but please note that workshops are capped at 20 attendees per session. If you would like to attend, you can sign up via this Qualtrics form. 

If you are interested in attending these workshops but are unable to attend any of the given slots, please do indicate your preferred availability via the sign up form. If we have sufficient interest in another time slot, we may be able to run additional workshops. 

You can see our current workshop offerings below - you can click on each of them to find out more. To find out dates please consult the sign up form linked above. 

For any questions about Explore PGT Pedagogies, please contact anna-maria.jones@imperial.ac.uk via email.

PGT Pedagogies Workshops

Authentic Assessment for the Biomedical/ Clinical Context

This workshop explores we can use our biomedical/clinical professional practice to inform and embed authentic learning activities and assessments within PGT study in an effective manner.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • justify and contextualise the value of authentic assessments; 

  • identify appropriate authentic learning activities and assessments for your PGT students; 

  • plan and implement authentic assessments. 

Previous participants of this workshop have said... 

“I really enjoyed the concept of authentic considerations! Really important and helps tie in many of the elements explored before especially student engagement and creating a valuable learning experience” 

“Will be using what I have learnt to evaluate whether assessments I have developed are authentic and look at whether the students are well-equipped for life post-graduation. 

“It was good to think about the different assessment options available and positive and negatives of each” 

Designing Blended Learning

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • Explain and compare terminologies used for online and blended learning 

  • Utilise blended learning theory and models to plan a blended format teaching session 

Previous participants of this workshop have said... 

“I find the contemporaneous exploration of teaching practices incredibly valuable and insightful! This was a fabulous session” 

“[I valued] theory shared beforehand, and putting into practice with examples of sessions” 

“It was great. I really enjoyed the combination of group, breakout and individual opportunity to work... [I valued] expanding the terminology and definitions associated with blended learning. The learning type cards are a brilliant asset to make sure that developed content considers the toolkit provided.” 

Developing Student Reflection, Metacognition and Professional Identity

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • Discuss the benefits and challenges surrounding developing student identity 

  • Compare and contrast the purpose and value of metacognition and reflection 

  • Develop and propose strategies for embedding student reflection into your teaching practice 

Previous participants of this workshop have said... 

“The workshop is designed to promote and support group discussion and learning in a guided manner. Unpacking complex concepts such as metacognition really simply... it was absolutely fab!” 

“[I valued] the question prompts for metacogition - the penny dropped for me at that point” 

“It helped me realise the role of metacognition in my own professional development as well as think about how to include this more explicitly for my students - in the current design of my courses, metacognition is implicit and we could be more intentional about it” 

Evaluating your teaching 1: Principles and Practice

This workshop is intended to provide participants with key concepts and theoretical models that can inform how we assess our own teaching practice, from one-off teaching to broader evaluation.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • Reflect on personal biases and current strategies for evaluation 

  • Identify and apply appropriate priorities and tools for evaluation 

Previous participants of this workshop have said... 

“Helped me think about what biases I might have in evaluating my own teaching and to be more reflective of my actions and choices - it was good to get feedback on what I'm already doing that I hadn't realised were evaluative” 

“It is very helpful in giving actual tools and frameworks for reflection that I can incorporate” 

Evaluating your teaching 2: Applying principles of evaluation

This workshop provides participants with the space to reflect in-depth on their current/ previous evaluation processes and to apply appropriate tools, models and priorities to plan for future evaluation activities.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • Reflect on personal biases and current strategies for evaluation 

  • Identify and apply appropriate priorities and tools for evaluation 

Previous participants of this workshop have said...

“Learning how to use Brookfield's lenses and how to identify and account for my biases was really useful - I will apply it to my own evaluations.” 

“[I valued] talking to others about their experiences. There were some really helpful tips brought up from their practice which I will use” 

Managing Student Expectations

Various unique tensions exist for Master’s students and those that teach them, just one example being the balance of supporting students in their transition to challenging Master’s-level study, and also developing the essential autonomy that is required of students at PGT-level. This workshop explores how effective management of student expectations can be a useful tool in the management of such tensions, and practical techniques for doing so in partnership with our students.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • Analyse student feedbackin light of history and context surrounding the current PGT population, and use insights on these to reflect on your personal teaching context 

  • Generate and justify an action plan related to management of student complaints and expectations 

Previous participants of this workshop have said... 

“Every educator should attend this workshop” 

“[I valued] finding out the experiences of fellow attendees re student expectations” 

Managing the online learning environment

This workshop seeks to explore practical management of the online learning space throughout the implementation of pre-designed teaching, by looking into how we might authentically gauge student learning, adapt to cohort diversity, and use a holistic perspective to inform appropriate decision making and sensitive intervention where necessary.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to:​ 

  • Identify and discuss challenges in relation to management of the online learning space 

  • Work as part of a team to create and justify actions designed to influence student behaviour in the online learning spacetaking into account a range of factors (eg. feasibility, appropriateness)  

Previous participants of this workshop have said...  

“[I valued] discussing the case study and sharing experiences with peers” 

“I got inputs on students engagement that I will try to implement in my module” 

“[I valued] practical tips as to how engage students” 

Online Teaching with a Global Mindset

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • Reflect on your personal assumptions related to learning and teaching 

  • Discuss how we might address diversity of values related to learning and teaching 

  • Propose and justify strategies to maximise inclusivity of all online learners in global cohorts 

Previous participants of this workshop have said... 

“The case study analysis in small groups was particularly insightful: not to reduce students to one "problem factor" but consider them holistically as learners.” 

I really liked it - learned a lot and love the interaction” 

Peer Assessment and Feedback

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • Identify the benefits of peer assessment and feedback for PGT students 

  • Analyse and critique approaches to peer assessment and feedback at PGT-level 

  • Predict (and make) key decisions for planning peer assessment and feedback, including selection of tools and technology 

Previous participants of this workshop have said... 

[I] was already thinking on implementing more and the workshop gave me great ideas, tools, and tips how to do it! REALLY enjoyed it” 

“[I valued] hearing about the experiences of others.  I will use the planning considerations in developing tasks.” 

Sustaining Motivation for Online Learning

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to: 

  • Reflect on personal experience of remote working to identify possible  key causes of fatigue for your students  

  • Predict how we might enhance and monitor student motivation for online learning  

  • Discuss interventions to enhance student motivation for online learning 

Previous participants of this workshop have said... 

“Loved the info on cognitive overload and students attention span” 

“it's been very useful to build on the insights of others 

“There were a lot of ideas to think about!” 

both the reflections and the basic principles all great and useful - will implement” 

“I will definitely implement some suggestions immediately and will consider others for the future.” 

Unpacking 'Mastersness'

This workshop explores the concept of ‘Mastersness’: unpacking what PGT study is ‘for’, what we should expect of our students at this level and how this impacts our teaching.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 

As a result of attending this workshop, you should be better able to:  

  • Define, justify and compare priorities for Master’s-level study 

  • Reflect on how such priorities can suitably inform PGT teaching design and philosophy 

Previous participants othis workshop have said... 

“I was unfamiliar with the facets of "masterness". This is useful to inform the activities I plan around the content I teach”  

many things can be put in practice” 

“I liked reflecting on the difference between UG and PG teaching and learning - it's helpful as this is my first post teaching postgraduates and my previous years of experience were with undergrads. I will definitely try to add more student led activities to my teaching.”