Introduction to Teaching and Demonstrating (ITAD)

Introduction to Teaching and Demonstrating (ITAD) is a course designed for Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) and others who undertake sessional teaching and demonstrating at Keele. This course is also available to individuals who have no formal teaching duties but who may be thinking about teaching in the future.

The course comprises four compulsory workshops over eight hours (see below), with a focus on practical strategies for effective teaching, demonstrating, student support and marking/giving student feedback. Workshops run in Semester 1 and 2, from October through to March. 

ITAD Workshop 1 – Introduction to the Course, Small Group Teaching & Demonstrating (3 hours) (2/3 workshops per year)

ITAD Workshop 2 – Microteach (2 hours) (6 workshops per year)

ITAD Workshop 3 – Large Group Teaching & Assessment and Feedback (2 hours) (2/3 workshops per year)

ITAD Workshop 4 – Portfolio Review and Continuing Professional Development (1 hour) (3 workshops per year)

The course is assessed via a ca. 2500 word reflective portfolio assignment which aligns with the focus/content of the four workshops and is marked pass/fail with the opportunity for re-submission. There are two deadlines for portfolio submission each year, one in January and one in April.

All individuals undertaking this course are required to participate in peer review of teaching in order to successfully complete the full course and portfolio. For those undertaking teaching this will involve being observed teaching and observing others teach. For those not yet teaching this will involve observing others only.

Successful completion of ITAD is recorded against individuals’ Keele People training record and all individuals will receive a certificate of completion from the LPDC for their records. 

All queries about the ITAD course should be forwarded to lpdc@keele.ac.uk. Staff who teach on this course include:

  • Sophie Bessant, Academic Developer, LPDC, ITAD Programme Lead
  • Russell Crawford, Academic Developer, LPDC
  • Georgina Spencer, Academic Developer, LPDC
  • Steve Clipstone, Deputy Laboratory Manager, School of Medicine
Click here for more detailed information and to register for this course for the 2017/18 academic year