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Durham University

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Development Opportunities


We offer a wide range of development opportunities from face-to-face to online classes. This page provides links to all the development opportunities on offer.


Academic Development

This includes a range of courses - most are aimed at staff - but see the individual listings for details of eligibility.

18 courses found

The time given for a course is the time of the first session. Some courses have more than one session, and you will generally be required to attend all sessions. Please check this on the course details page before booking on the course.

Course providerCourse codeCourse nameCourse timeDetails
Academic Development (DCAD)SD373Designing & Delivering Live Classes Online6 August 2020 10:00Details for SD373 on 6 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD371Designing digitally for active learning7 August 2020 10:00Details for SD371 on 7 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD372Creating active learning modules in duo7 August 2020 14:00Details for SD372 on 7 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD373Designing & Delivering Live Classes Online11 August 2020 13:30Details for SD373 on 11 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD371Designing digitally for active learning12 August 2020 10:00Details for SD371 on 12 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD372Creating active learning modules in duo12 August 2020 14:00Details for SD372 on 12 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD373Designing & Delivering Live Classes Online24 August 2020 14:00Details for SD373 on 24 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD371Designing digitally for active learning27 August 2020 10:00Details for SD371 on 27 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD372Creating active learning modules in duo27 August 2020 14:00Details for SD372 on 27 Aug 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD369An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online1 September 2020 10:00Details for SD369 on 1 Sep 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD373Designing & Delivering Live Classes Online3 September 2020 10:00Details for SD373 on 3 Sep 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD371Designing digitally for active learning8 September 2020 10:00Details for SD371 on 8 Sep 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD372Creating active learning modules in duo8 September 2020 14:00Details for SD372 on 8 Sep 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD373Designing & Delivering Live Classes Online10 September 2020 14:00Details for SD373 on 10 Sep 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD369An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online14 September 2020 10:00Details for SD369 on 14 Sep 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD373Designing & Delivering Live Classes Online14 September 2020 14:00Details for SD373 on 14 Sep 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD371Designing digitally for active learning18 September 2020 10:00Details for SD371 on 18 Sep 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD372Creating active learning modules in duo18 September 2020 14:00Details for SD372 on 18 Sep 20

Academic Development for Students

Academic Development for Students support all taught students to develop their academic writing, maths and general study skills.

One-To-One Consultations

We offer a free one-to-one consultation service to all registered students, this is the opportunity to discuss a piece of written work or specific difficulty relating to any aspect of your academic English language and literacy performance with an English Language expert from our department.


Academic Language & Communications Course

Successful academic study at University level requires mastery of a range of writing, reading and speaking skills. For some students, departmental expectations of how to write may be very different from what they are used to, and it can quite frequently involve learning a new thinking and writing process. Our Academic Language and Communication (ALC) courses are designed to help students make this transition and acquire the academic language and skills they need to succeed in UK higher education.

The ALC programme currently offers more than 40 different courses to help students take their academic skills to the next level. We also work closely with several academic departments to offer collaborative courses, which help students get more from their Durham experience.


Digital Skills Development

We recognise the importance of good IT skills for all staff and students and the training team have developed a comprehensive suite of training courses to provide the skills needed to carry out study, work and research activities effectively. We deliver training on core university software packages including Microsoft Office and specialist academic applications for all levels of ability. We also provide support for these applications via the IT Help Desk and hold regular drop-in sessions for some of the most popular courses. We can also tailor the standard courses specifically for staff to meet your departmental needs.

The list below includes a range of courses for staff and students - see the individual listings for details of eligibility.

15 courses found

The time given for a course is the time of the first session. Some courses have more than one session, and you will generally be required to attend all sessions. Please check this on the course details page before booking on the course.

Course providerCourse codeCourse nameCourse timeDetails
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS268Moving on with Access (Online - Self Study Via DUO))4 August 2020 09:30Details for DS268 on 4 Aug 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS260Data Dashboards in Excel (Online - Self Study Via DUO)11 August 2020 09:30Details for DS260 on 11 Aug 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS272Data Dashboards in Excel (Demonstration via Zoom)14 August 2020 10:00Details for DS272 on 14 Aug 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS265Moving on with Access (Demonstration via Zoom)19 August 2020 10:00Details for DS265 on 19 Aug 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS274Long Documents in Word: drop-in (PGR/Staff)19 August 2020 10:30Details for DS274 on 19 Aug 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS138Endnote: drop-in (PGR/Staff)19 August 2020 14:00Details for DS138 on 19 Aug 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS170NVivo Drop-In (Online)25 August 2020 11:00Details for DS170 on 25 Aug 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS199ArcGIS: drop-In (PGR/Staff)9 September 2020 14:00Details for DS199 on 9 Sep 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS245Introduction to R10 September 2020 09:30Details for DS245 on 10 Sep 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS245Introduction to R24 September 2020 13:30Details for DS245 on 24 Sep 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS245Introduction to R13 October 2020 09:30Details for DS245 on 13 Oct 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS245Introduction to R14 October 2020 13:30Details for DS245 on 14 Oct 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS245Introduction to R9 November 2020 13:30Details for DS245 on 9 Nov 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS245Introduction to R17 November 2020 13:30Details for DS245 on 17 Nov 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS245Introduction to R2 December 2020 10:00Details for DS245 on 2 Dec 20

Learning Technologies

We offer a range of courses designed to help staff and students use technology effectively to enhance their learning. These are mostly aimed at staff, but student courses are under development. The next set of courses will be published shortly.

All University teaching and learning systems have extensive online help guides. Any Durham-specific information can be found ina the Knowledge Base which is part of the CIS Self-Service portal (login required).

There is also a range of free online training programmes offered by Apple and Microsoft:

Microsoft Educator Community

Log into the Microsoft Educator Community using your Durham University credentials and you can start accumulating training to become a Microsoft Innovate Educator. Learn how to use Microsoft tools in the classroom and apply technology in education. Join a professional network of enthusiastic educators who come together to learn, share, and grow.

Apple Teacher

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students and earn recognition for the new things you learn.


Quantitative Methods

This includes a range of courses designed to help you manipulate and interpret numerical data. These are aimed at staff and students - see the individual listings for details of eligibility.


No courses are found by this search.


Other Maths and Stats Resources

Additional Quantitative Methods can be found at online here.


Researcher Development

This includes a range of courses designed to help you develop your skills as an academic researcher. These are aimed at staff and postgraduate research students - see the individual listings for details of eligibility.

9 courses found

The time given for a course is the time of the first session. Some courses have more than one session, and you will generally be required to attend all sessions. Please check this on the course details page before booking on the course.

Course providerCourse codeCourse nameCourse timeDetails
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD922Explore postgraduate careers ’DCAD Summer Doctoral Students Mini Conference series Online 18 August 2020 11:00Details for GD922 on 18 Aug 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD876Crafts for Wellbeing26 August 2020 14:00Details for GD876 on 26 Aug 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD919The Development Needs Analysis on Pebblepad (Staff)15 September 2020 09:30Details for GD919 on 15 Sep 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD919The Development Needs Analysis on Pebblepad (Staff)17 September 2020 13:30Details for GD919 on 17 Sep 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD919The Development Needs Analysis on Pebblepad (Staff)21 September 2020 11:00Details for GD919 on 21 Sep 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD876Crafts for Wellbeing22 September 2020 14:00Details for GD876 on 22 Sep 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD920The Development Needs Analysis on Pebblepad (PGRs)16 October 2020 09:30Details for GD920 on 16 Oct 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD920The Development Needs Analysis on Pebblepad (PGRs)20 October 2020 14:00Details for GD920 on 20 Oct 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD920The Development Needs Analysis on Pebblepad (PGRs)29 October 2020 11:00Details for GD920 on 29 Oct 20