What we do

To achieve its aims the Teaching Academy has brought together and coordinates new activities and some that were previously undertaken by CLAD/LS as well as the development of new activities. The key strands of activity are as follows:

  • The e-newsletter ‘Education Matters’ disseminates news about the TA, other internal items and also external news related to the education agenda
  • An in-house journal ‘Education in Practice’ enables staff and students to write up and publish papers, reviews and case studies on innovation in teaching and learning and educational research
  • A resource on Canvas brings together information on good practice in teaching & learining. This includes videos, how-to-do- guides and background material
  • The TA organises a seminar series and workshops on teaching & learning; it also brings together related activities across the University that are hosted by CLAD/LS and the Colleges
  • The Teaching & Learning Conference is a one day meeting with keynote lectures and contributions from our staff and is held in June
  • Enhancement themes and special interest groups bring together academic staff, professional services and students to identify key issues, share good practice, develop new strategies, offer workshops and develop resources
  • Educational research is supported by a core of staff who run workshops and there is an extensive range of resources on our Canvas site
  • The Birmingham Educational Fellowships are advertised early in the year and up to four awards are made annually to support educational –related projects and activities
  • The UoB TA Awards for Enhancement & Innovation in Teaching reward up to eight staff each year; a new set of awards will be launched in 15/16 for postgraduates who teach
  • Guidance will be offered to staff on the teaching aspects for promotion to senior lecturer; one-to-one guidance will be offered for staff aiming for promotion to Reader and Professor on the teaching-focussed route,  those aiming for senior- and principle-HEA fellowship and for National Teaching Fellowships (NTFs); also to staff who aspire to become external examiners
  • A ‘Curriculum Development Initiative’ has begun working with Schools involved in the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory Project
  • Opportunities for CPD in teaching & learning, teaching leadership and educational research are being coordinated and developed.

Note that the Educational Development team in CLAD/LS focusses on: PCAP, Introduction to Learning & Teaching modules, the ‘Beacon’ scheme for HEA professional recognition, and the Education Enhancement Projects

 

 Mature students reading

Education Matters