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Supporting Learning Programme

Support for associate teachers, in particular Postgraduates and researchers who teach, is provided through the Higher Education Academy accredited and SEDA recognised Supporting Learning Programme (SLP) and the one-day Introduction to Teaching workshops.

You are also encouraged to take advantage of any of the Continuing Professional Development opportunities, intended for all those at Lancaster involved in teaching and supporting students learning.

The Supporting Learning Programme is designed to provide a framework for the academic and professional development of those who hold posts which involve some duties and responsibilities for supporting the development and/or delivery of learning opportunities.

Potential participants include a wide range of staff who support learning using information technology; in the laboratory; with flexible learning systems; in the studio or clinic; research staff with specialist teaching responsibilities; library, careers and advisory staff or hourly paid lecturers or seminar leaders with prescribed duties.

There is a requirement that participants have at least 10 hours of teaching contact time, or where contact hours are less, that they have a significant level of responsibility for that teaching.

The aims of the programme are:

The programme is designed so that you can work on it part-time as you teach. There are core attendance sessions and submission deadlines in place to offer a structure to the programme, and to help you to prioritise the programme at certain times.

There are two routes to completing the SLP, but for both routes you need a minimum of 10 hours teaching time during the term in which you are planning to do the programme. If you have fewer contact teaching hours than this, but a significant level of responsibility for the teaching you are doing, please contact the course director, Susan Armitage (01524 510621 or s.armitage(at)lancaster.ac.uk) to discuss the suitability of this course.

The SLP Intensive Route:

Requires attendance at a 3 day introductory workshop in intro week of the Michaelmas term (Monday 29th Sept., Tuesday 30th Sept. & Thursday 2nd October 2014). The workshop days run from 9:30-4:00 and are held in the teaching rooms in the HR Building.

Followed by 2 x two hour peer group tutorials on:
Wednesday 12th November 2014, 14:00-16:00 and Wednesday 10th December 2014, 14:00-16:00

To apply for a place on the 2014/15 programme please complete this application form and return it to the OED email address:

oed(at)lancaster.ac.uk

The SLP Top Up Route:

Requires prior completion of a Introduction to Teaching at Lancaster workshop (previously called Survival Skills) during academic years 2012-13, or 2013-14 followed by attendance at a one day workshop from 9:30-4:00, usually held in the teaching rooms in the HR Building. If you have not yet attended the Introduction to Teaching at Lancaster workshop and wish to undertake SLP in January 2015, you will need to book onto an Introduction workshop this academic year 2014/15 here.

The top-up workshops are a full day from 9:30-4:00 on:
Friday October 17th 2014 or Thursday 22nd January 2015. Both sessions are held in the teaching rooms in the HR Building.

Guidelines for completion of the application form for the Supporting Learning Programme.

To apply for a place on the 2014/15 Topup route for SLP please complete this application formand return it to the OED email address:

oed(at)lancaster.ac.uk

Guidelines for completion of the application form for the Supporting Learning Programme.

The deadline for applications for Michaelmas routes is 9th September 2014. If you are unable to complete the application form by this time then please email OED and if places are still available we might be able to accommodate you. For the topup route in January the deadline is Monday 5th January 2015.

Please email an electronic copy to OED@lancaster.ac.uk and the copy signed by both yourself and your HoD/Supervisor via internal post to:

The Development Programmes Coordinator
OED, HR Building
Lancaster University

Please note: Places are limited and they fill quickly, therefore early application is recommended.

More information about SLP is available via the Frequently Asked Questions list.

Successful completion of the SLP leads to recognition as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy - the national body for teaching in HE in the UK (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/supportingindividuals/professionalrecognition ) and a Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA) Supporting Learning Award.

Further enquiries and early expressions of interest can be addressed to:

Susan Armitage
Tel: 01524 5-10621
Email:OED

Last updated: 19/06/2014 (PC)

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