Development programmes

Learning about teaching: teaching development pathways

We invite academics and researchers seeking opportunities for continuing professional development to participate in the following programmes according to their level of experience and involvement in teaching.

Postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers

Preparation for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO) is a half or full day seminar hosted in your department, faculty or division (local practices vary). It introduces participants who currently teach at Oxford, or are likely to do so in the near future, to practical aspects of teaching their own subject area. In some divisions, attendance at a PLTO seminar is a prerequisite to undertaking teaching at Oxford.

The Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) is designed for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are new to teaching and who have already completed a Preparation for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO) course. There are different versions of the DLT Programme designed to support teaching in the different Divisions; there are, however, common elements to all DLT Programmes, including: the requirement to attend a series of taught interactive workshops/seminars; engagement with some educational literature; designing a teaching session plan and evaluation of teaching. Through engagement with the taught sessions and associated formative exercises participants have the opportunity to develop a teaching portfolio (2,500-5,000 words). All DLT Programmes are accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), a UK-based professional association promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. Successful completion of the taught programme and teaching portfolio leads to the SEDA PDF Support Learning Award, which is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Support Learning in Higher Education, at Descriptor 1. This is a nationally-recognised teaching qualification.

To participate in DLT Programmes, graduate or postdoctoral researchers should have completed a PLTO course, where available, and already have, or be able to gain, some experience of teaching during the DLT Programme.

Academics with teaching responsibilities; postdoctoral researchers with teaching experience

Please note that the Enhancing Teaching Programme replaces the Teaching Fellowship Preparation Programme from September 2016.

Enhancing Teaching Programme (ETP) provides early career academic staff and teaching staff (typically with a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience in higher education) with a structured, time-conscious pathway to a nationally-recognised teaching qualification.

The ETP is accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), a UK-based professional association promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. Successful completion of the Programme and teaching portfolio assessment leads to the SEDA PDF Learning, Teaching and Assessing Award, which is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education, at Descriptor 2. Professional recognition of teaching is becoming increasingly important in higher education policy and is often sought by those hiring for academic posts in the UK.

There are two versions of the Programme available, depending upon which division you teach in or the nature of the subject you teach: ETP-Humanitites and Social Sciences, and ETP-Sciences (for MPLS and Medical Sciences).

To be eligible to apply for the ETP you must have at least two years' teaching experience in higher education and you must be engaged in some form of teaching at Oxford during the course of the ETP.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLATHE) will not be running in 2017-18. A number of other teaching & learning and leadership programmes are available for experienced staff; these include the Enhancing Teaching Programme (ETP) and the Academic Leadership Development Programme (ALDP). Please follow the links to find out more about these Programmes.