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Centre for Academic, Researcher & Organisation Development

Teaching Induction

All postgraduate students who are employed to teach in the University are required to complete both sessions of the teaching induction programme. Students who successfully complete both sessions will be awarded a certificate and be permitted to undertake teaching duties. This course is offered in October and January and is different from the normal pattern – Departments will enroll all their postgraduates who have not previously completed the course and are scheduled to teach.

Session 1:  The Framework for Teaching and Learning at Durham

Session 1 will cover health and safety, diversity and student support mechanisms at Durham.  The main means of students completing this part of the course will be by working through some on-line learning material which will be delivered via DUO, the Durham University virtual learning environment.  To successfully complete this part of the programme students will have to complete and pass a on-line test.  Full details of how to access this material and the time-scale for completion will be given to those students who have been enrolled by their Departments.

Session 2:  Preparing to Teach

Session 2 will cover approaches to teaching and learning, planning for learning and assessment.  This part of the course will be delivered via face-to-face workshops and will be devoted to particular forms of teaching. We will offer sessions on:

  1. Demonstrating
  2. Small group teaching in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences
  3. Small group teaching in the Sciences
  4. Assessment in the Sciences
  5. Assessment in the Arts and Humanities
  6. Assessment in the Social Sciences

Students will have to attend at least one workshop drawn from 1-3 (teaching) and one from 4-6 (assessment) to be permitted to undertake teaching duties. Departments will enroll students in the most appropriate workshop, depending on their anticipated teaching roles.