This week the Learning Technology team started to roll out a staff development programme to support tutors through the process of making sure they are meeting the university’s recently introduced threshold standards. From September 2011 these standards aim to ensure a degree of uniformity of student experience across modules, based on existing good practice of student usability.
To make sure that you, as tutors, are fully supported, we have a variety of staff development resources on offer, all of which can be accessed by visiting www.derby.ac.uk/threshold-standards. For the first time ever, the Learning Technology team are also introducing virtual support through Wimba Classroom, ensuring that even if you aren’t available to meet us face-to-face we can take you through the finer points of the threshold standards remotely.
We recognise that many of you will already be meeting and exceeding the threshold standards and because of this we would like to reiterate that we are very much continuing to encourage and support additional module development and further adoption of Technology Enhanced Learning. To formalise this support we are introducing four new strands of“continuing improvement”. These strands are:
- Improving student induction
- Improving active learning
- Improving learning content
- Improving assessment and feedback
If you feel that you are comfortable with the threshold standards then we would very much like to engage with you around these four broad strands of continuing improvement. As such, we are in the process of setting up staff development sessions and other additional support resources which will guide you through these strands on your own terms.
As ever, if you have any questions about these standards or strands of improvement (or anything TEL related for that matter!) then pop down to B111 and talk to us directly and we’ll happily provide bespoke staff development sessions for you and/or your team.