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Personal Development Management System

Mandatory training for postgraduates who teach

Key details: All five components must be completed before engaging in any teaching activities. More information https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/ceed/research-postgraduates-teach/

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Audience

  • External
  • PG research

Programme information

When to complete

Must be completed before engaging in any teaching activities. Workshops should be taken at the start of the semester you plan to teach and are offered in August, September, October and January to accommodate different start dates. You only need to complete the mandatory courses once during your degree, unless your School specifies otherwise. The in-person workshops previously delivered by CAPOD (last offered Jan 2020) are equivalent to the current workshops offered by CEED (beginning Aug 2020) - FAQ about different versions. However, your School is entitled to specify additional training requirements, e.g., even if you have done the in-person workshops previously, that this may be supplemented with the Teaching Online Moodle course this academic year.

Why to complete

The purpose of the mandatory course is to ensure all postgraduate and other part-time teachers have a basic understanding of the Scottish higher education environment, awareness of relevant St Andrews policies and the range of support available for students, and grounding in the basic skills they will need to teach groups of students and to mark student work effectively.

How to complete

Registering and booking: After registering above for this programme, participants must book individual workshop dates via the programme tab in your PDMS training record. In light of physical distancing requirements due to Covid-19, the delivery of the mandatory courses has been adjusted to a mix of online asynchronous (self-study) and synchronous (live) provision.

Please complete the asynchronous (self-study) trainings via the links below prior to attending the live events. The asynchonous Diversity training is externally hosted - the webpage gives instructions on how to enrol.To self-enrol on the asynchronous Teaching online click the rectangular blue button marked "Enrol", and you will automatically be entered into the Moodle course. (If you are not logged into Moodle you will be asked to login before you see the "Enrol" button.)

There are cross-faculty and faculty-specific versions of Teaching and Assessment workshops at different times before the start of each semester; request a place on a particular workshop using the links below. You only need to do one version of each workshop. They vary only in terms of the examples used, so if you cannot attend the session for your faculty, please sign up for another one. The Student Services sessions are for all students regardless of faculty.

Tracking and reporting completion: Beginning 21-22 academic year, School Administrators and Directors of Teaching will be able to view participant progress on the programme. Participants will find their PDMS training record is capable of producing certificates of courses completed, which can also be used to show completion to your School. Results for asynchronous (self-study) workshops will be uploaded to your PDMS record manually by CEED Admin once a month at the end of each month. This will increase to weekly from mid August through the live training period listed below and again in January during the live trainings in an effort to keep records up to date.

What to complete

The following 5 components will satisfy the mandatory training requirements for eligibility to teach at the University of St Andrews. First, request a place above on the prorgamme. Next, book on live workshop dates via the links below or via your PDMS training record. Then, complete the asynchronous trainings prior to the live events.

Component 1: Teaching at St Andrews: an introduction - synchronous (1.5 hours)
MS Teams live event. (choose one):
(cross-faculty) - Thursday 26 August 2021 (14.00-15.30)
(Arts) - Tuesday 7 September 2021 (13.00-14.30)
(Science) - Thursday 9 September 2021 (14.00-15.30)

Component 2: Assessment and academic misconduct: an introduction - synchronous (1.5 hours)
MS Teams live event. (choose one):
(cross-faculty) - Friday 27 August 2021 (14.00-15.30)
(Arts) - Wednesday 8 September 2021 (13.00-14.30)
(Science) - Friday 10 September 2021 (14.00-15.30)

Component 3: Student Services: supporting students and teachers - synchronous (1 hour)
MS Teams live event. (choose one):
Thursday 26 August 2021 (10.00-11.00)
Tuesday 7 September 2021 (15.00-16.00)
Thursday 9 September 2021 (10.00-11.00)

Component 4: Diversity in the workplace - asynchronous (1 hour)

Component 5: Teaching online: next steps in design and development - asynchronous (2 to 3 hours self-enrol on Moodle)

Further enquiries and last minute bookings (online bookings close the day before an event) should be directed to teachingdev@st-andrews.ac.uk.

(live) Assessment component

3 courses - you have to complete 1 of these.

  • Assessment and academic misconduct: an introduction (Arts)
  • Assessment and academic misconduct: an introduction (cross-faculty)
  • Assessment and academic misconduct: an introduction (Science)

(live) Student support component

1 courses - you have to complete all of these.

  • Student services: supporting students and teachers

(live) Teaching component

6 courses - you have to complete 1 of these.

  • Teaching at St Andrews: an introduction (Arts)
  • Teaching at St Andrews: an introduction (cross-faculty)
  • Teaching at St Andrews: an introduction (Science)
  • Tutoring and demonstrating in the sciences: an introduction
  • Tutoring and demonstrating: an introduction (cross-faculty)
  • Tutoring in the arts: an introduction

(self-directed) Design and development component

1 courses - you have to complete all of these.

  • Teaching online: next steps in design and development

(self-directed) Diversity component

2 courses - you have to complete 1 of these.

  • Diversity in the Workplace Essential Elearning Module
  • Diversity in the workplace online training module

Programme organiser

CEED
Email: ceed@st-andrews.ac.uk