The Introduction to Teaching and Demonstrating (ITAD) is Keele's principal teaching-related professional development course for PGRs and other sessional teaching staff. If you have any queries about the course please read the information contained in this webpage and email if you have any further questions.

The Introduction to Teaching and Demonstrating (ITAD) is a course delivered by the Curriculum Design and Development Team that the following individuals are required to complete (in line with Keele’s Teaching Development Framework) prior to the commencement of teaching/demonstrating duties or alongside their first semester of teaching/demonstrating, unless granted formal exemption by the Head of School:

  • Demonstrators (staff and Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) that support student learning in laboratory, practical and field-based settings);
  • PGRs that undertake other teaching duties (e.g. leading seminars and lectures);
  • Other sessional staff who undertake teaching duties; and,
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) who are not undertaking the EDU-40128 Teaching Reflectively in Higher Education module.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is also available to individuals who have no formal teaching/demonstrating duties but who may be thinking about teaching/demonstrating in the future.

Heads of School, or a chosen representative, may formally authorise an exemption from the course based on one or both of the following criteria:

  • Significant prior teaching experience in HE; or,
  • Completion of formal training related to learning and teaching in HE within the last 2 years.

In these circumstances, the Head of School, or their chosen representative will need to email

The ITAD course starts in October and February of each year. 

Please register for the workshops via Keele People to be added to the KLE space.

The ITAD course comprises four compulsory workshops over ten hours, with a focus on practical strategies for effective small and large group teaching, demonstrating, student support and marking/giving student feedback. Workshops run in Semester 1 and 2, from October through to March. The broad focus/content of each workshop is as follows:

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

  • Introduction to the course, portfolio assignment and peer review of teaching
  • Icebreakers – teaching hopes, fears and motivations
  • Central support for teaching and teaching staff at Keele
  • Introduction to small group teaching
  • Introduction to demonstrating
  • Supporting student learning and engaging and interacting with students
  • Preparation for Workshop 2 (Microteach)

ITAD Workshop 2 – Microteach (2 hours) (12 workshops per year) - Please note for 2020/1 this will not be applicable

In this workshop participants will deliver a five minute presentation to a small group on a topic of their choice. Presentations are video recorded and shared with individual participants. A structured group discussion after the presentations provides the opportunity for peer and tutor feedback and collaborative discussion about teaching.

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

  • Large group teaching
  • Presenting to large audiences
  • Assessment of student learning
  • Marking student assessments and providing constructive feedback
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of your own teaching practice

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

  • Recap on portfolio assignment and review of progress
  • Support with completing portfolios
  • Next steps for continuing to develop teaching practice

There is an ITAD module space within the Keele Learning Environment (KLE) (under the ‘Learning’ tab) where all resources aligned to the course, workshops and reflective portfolio are stored. Individuals registered on the course will be added to the KLE space upon the registration.

The course is assessed via a 2500 - 3500 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/demonstrating in order to successfully complete the full course and portfolio. For those undertaking teaching/demonstrating this will involve being observed and observing others teach. For those not yet teaching/demonstrating 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 Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (KIITE) for their records. In addition Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) may use this course towards 30 hours of their non-subject specific research training hours.

Undertaking this course not only provides useful support and development opportunities for those new to teaching, but also demonstrates commitment to professional teaching practice and is evidence of formal training related to higher education teaching and learning, which is important for those who wish to continue on to a career in university teaching.