Enhancing Teaching Programme

Aims

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- Humanities 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.

Structure

The Enhancing Teaching Programme is a part-time programme that accommodates the schedules of busy teaching academics at Oxford. Beginning in either Michaelmas or Hilary Term, participants will be expected to attend 3.5 or 4 days of seminars/workshops held outside term time and should allow regular time during the nine months of the Programme to undertake practical teaching tasks (e.g. teaching observation and evaluation of teaching), to complete written assignments, and to meet with colleagues, tutors and mentors.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Programme, it is expected that participants will be able to:

  1. Describe your own teaching goals and values, relate them to your own teaching context and discuss your overall approach to teaching (your teaching philosophy).
  2. Critically consider alternative approaches to teaching and learning, e.g. at other institutions or in other disciplines.
  3. Explain why you teach the way you do rather than another possible way, and how your chosen strategies might affect your students.
  4. Connect relevant key ideas in educational literature to your own teaching and your students’ learning.
  5. Critically consider issues of student diversity as they may affect your subject area/institution and explore ways in which your teaching can be responsive to a heterogeneous student body.
  6. Articulate how (and why) your own teaching practice and understanding of learning and teaching has evolved over time and your ideas for future development.

Assessment

During the Programme, participants will complete four assignments; there are formative feedback opportunities throughout the Programme. At the end of the Programme, the assignments are developed into a final portfolio of up to 12,000 words.

Enrolment and seminar/workshop dates

The Enhancing Teaching Programme is available twice in each academic year, with either a Michaelmas term or Hilary term start.

The portfolio submission date usually falls approximately 9 months after the programme start date. Seminars/workshops are scheduled during the fortnight before and after full term (e.g. -0th, 0th, 9th or 10th weeks).

Please note that this programme is typically not open to graduate students. DPhil candidates are encouraged to enrol in the Developing Learning and Teaching programme.

To apply to join this programme

The ETP seminar dates for the academic year 2017-2018 are available in the tabs below. Please view the dates for your chosen Programme and fill out the application form below

  1. Download and fill out the form Enhancing Teaching Programme application form (47kb) or ask the Programme Administrator to post you a hard copy.
  2. Completed forms should be emailed to: Humanities and Social Sciences Administrator or Sciences Administrator
  3. Alternatively, you may send your application by post to:
    • The Oxford Learning Institute, Suite 3, Littlegate House, 16/17 St Ebbe’s Street, Oxford, OX1 1PT.

ETP Humanities & Social Sciences

MT 2017 and HT 2018 dates

Michaelmas term 2017 start

Please note that attendance at all four seminars is mandatory.

The deadline for applications for this programme is:

  • Friday 16 June 2017 (you may still apply after this date to be put on the waiting list).
  • Candidates will be informed whether or not they have a place by Friday 30 June 2017.
DateActivityDetails
Thursday 28 September 2017 (Week -1, MT) Seminar 1 09.30 - 15.30
Friday 29 September 2017 (Week -1, MT) Seminar 2 09.30 - 15.30
Friday 12 January 2018 (Week 0, HT) Seminar 3 09.30 - 15.30
Friday 16 March 2018 (Week 9, HT) Seminar 4 09.30 - 15.30
Monday 23 April 2018 (Week 1, TT) Portfolio Submission Deadline 12.00

Hilary term 2018 start

The deadline for applications for this programme is:

  • Friday, 10 November 2017
  • Candidates will be informed whether or not they have a place by Friday 24 November 2017.
DateActivityDetails
Thursday 4 January 2018 (Week -1, HT) Seminar 1 09.30 - 15.30
Friday 5 January 2018 (Week -1, HT) Seminar 2 09.30 - 15.30
Thursday 19 April 2018 (Week 0, TT) Seminar 3 09.30 - 15.30
Friday 22 June 2018 (Week 9, TT) Seminar 4 09.30 - 15.30
Monday 8 October 2018 (Week 1, MT) Portfolio Submission Deadline 12.00

ETP Sciences

MT 2017 and HT 2018 dates

Michaelmas term 2017 start

Please note that attendance at all workshops is mandatory.

The deadline for applications for this programme is:

  • Wednesday 19 July 2017
  • Candidates will be informed whether or not they have a place by Monday 24 July 2017.
DateActivityDetails
Tuesday 3 October 2017 (Week 0, MT) Workshop 1 and 2 09.30 - 16.30
Wednesday 4 October 2017 (Week 0, MT) Workshop 3 09.30 - 12.30
Wednesday, 3 January 2018 (Week -1, HT) Workshop 4 and 5 09.30 - 16.30
Tuesday 13 March 2018 (Week 9, HT) Workshop 6 and 7 09.30 - 16.30
Monday 23 April 2018 (Week 1, TT) Portfolio Submission Deadline 12.00

Hilary term 2018 start

The deadline for applications for this programme is:

  • Friday, 10 November 2017
  • Candidates will be informed whether or not they have a place by Friday 24 November 2017.
DateActivityDetails
Monday 8 January 2018 (Week 0 HT) Workshop 1 and 2 09.30 - 16.30
Tuesday 9 January 2018 (Week 0 HT) Workshop 3 09.30 - 12.30
Wednesday 18 April 2018 (Week 0 TT) Workshop 4 and 5 09.30 - 16.30
Thursday 21 June 2018 (Week 9 TT) Workshop 6 and 7 09.30 - 16.30
Monday 8 October 2018 (Week 1, MT) Portfolio Submission Deadline 12.00