Learning & Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Aberdeen

At the beginning of each half-session, normally in September and January, staff from the Centre for Academic Development, in collaboration with key individuals from across the University, run the university-wide two-day course, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Aberdeen. This course is specifically tailored for staff new to teaching at this University. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the course is delivered entirely online through MyAberdeen and consists of a blend of live and recorded sessions. Staff should ensure their availability to participate in the ‘live sessions’, which are scheduled in the morning on both days.

Topics covered include:

  • Curriculum design
  • Learning outcomes and assessment
  • Lecturing & small group teaching
  • MyAberdeen and copyright material
  • Blended learning
  • Assessment & feedback
  • Accessibility, inclusivity, and equal opportunities
  • The University of Aberdeen’s Graduate Attributes & Achieve

This course is compulsory for new probationary lecturing staff and is strongly recommended for Teaching Fellows. It is also useful for any staff member, new to Aberdeen who is involved in designing and delivering courses, or for those who may have been here for some time, but whose role might have changed to include a teaching component. The Centre collaborates with HR and your School Administrative Managers to obtain lists of new staff and therefore you should receive an email invitation to this course after you have started at the University. If you would like more details, please contact the Centre (cad@abdn.ac.uk, ext. 3030).

Please note: that the online course takes into account a range of prior skills and experience, and is directed at staff new to teaching at Aberdeen, not necessarily those new to teaching itself.

For details of the next two-day course please contact cad@abdn.ac.uk


New Probationary Lecturing Staff

All new probationary lecturing staff at the University of Aberdeen are required to participate in the two-day, online course outlined above.

Beyond this, the University encourages staff to pursue further professional teaching development activities. The Centre for Academic Development offers workshops and events, as do academic Schools & disciplines relating to learning and teaching. In addition, the Centre for Academic Development in collaboration with School of Education offers the Postgraduate Certificate programme: PG  Cert in Higher Education Learning & Teaching.

There is a Learning & Teaching Network, which was established in February 2011 to enable further discussions, collaboration and CPD opportunities for academic staff across the University.

New lecturers are also welcome to contact Dr Darren Comber, Senior Educational Development Adviser (cad@abdn.ac.uk or ext. 3030) for a one-to-one focussed discussion on how they might continue their professional development in learning and teaching.


New PhD Demonstrators and Tutors

Academic Schools in collaboration with the Centre for Academic Development run introduction to teaching sessions for all new PhD demonstrators and tutors. The introductory online session covers small group teaching, equality & diversity and assessment & feedback. To help the transition to online delivery, the session also explores the tools available for remote teaching and learning.  All PhD students involved in teaching or marking complete this mandatory training.  Training and support for teaching is part of the University Postgraduate Researcher CPD teaching framework.