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Early Career Lecturers Training 2020

Programme overview

This is an interactive workshop for early careers staff focused on effective and innovative economics teaching.

The workshop is endorsed by both the Royal Economic Society and Scottish Economic Society and sessions are mapped against the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Sessions at the workshop include:

  • Designing teaching
  • Assessment design
  • Marking and feedback
  • Creating learning communities
  • Making large group teaching more engaging
  • Using games and the media in teaching
  • Voice and presence in the classroom (with a Royal Shakespeare Company trained actor)

All sessions have been adapted to the changed environment in which a blended teaching and learning approach will be the predominant form of delivery.

Feedback from past attendees:

“The workshop provided some great practical ideas that can be taken and implemented, for instance problem-based learning, webinars and flipped class methods”

"I feel less afraid to try alternative teaching and assessment methods”

“Overall the workshop was well balanced and organised; the quality of presentations was excellent”

Registration has closed for these sessions.


Compulsory modules

Upon registration, you will automatically be signed up for all compulsory sessions. Where multiple dates or times are offered, please attend the most convenient for you.

Module Title



Key topics, orientation and introductions

Detailed introduction to course and UK HE environment; meet the cohort

Tue 15 Sept (1pm-2.30pm)

Creating learning communities

Understanding your students’ needs; meeting the challenge of moving online; VLE design and management

Mon 21 Sept (3pm-4.30pm) or Wed 23 Sept (3pm-4.30pm)

Designing teaching

Curriculum and unit design; planning the learning week

Mon 28 Sept (3pm-4.30pm)

Engaging large groups of students

Engaging large cohorts in the classroom and online teaching environments

Thu 1 Oct (12pm)

Voice and presence in teaching

Developing effective communication skills for teaching (with RSC trained actor)

Tue 6 Oct (10am-11.30am or 2.30pm-4pm)

Games and experiments

Using interactive games and experiments to engage students

Thurs 15 Oct (1pm)

Marking and feedback Developing effective and fair marking practices; providing feedback that promotes student learning Wed 21 Oct (12pm)

Assessment design

Designing effective and inclusive assessment to test students and promote learning

Fri 23 Oct (2pm)

Panel discussion and course conclusions

Chance to ask additional questions; ideas for additional resources

Fri 30 Oct (2pm)

Module Title



Inclusive teaching

Creating an inclusive classroom; ensuring student voices are heard

Tue 29 Sept (3pm-4.30pm)

Facilitating effective groupwork

Encouraging students to effectively work together in class and online

Wed 14 Oct (3pm)


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