This seven-hour workshop provides an induction into Higher Education learning and teaching and into working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at the University of York.
It aims to build your confidence to teach effectively as a GTA, offering a grounding for subsequent discipline-specific induction in your department.
All new GTAs are required* to complete one Introduction to Teaching and Learning workshop, though all PGRs are welcome, space permitting.
(Your SkillsForge record will show whether you’ve already completed this training.)
The Introduction to Teaching and Learning training consists of:
a four-hour advance self-study component: to complete and submit in the two weeks before the workshop
a two-hour workshop: an interactive workshop** with tasks and discussion
The training covers:
There are three different Introduction to Teaching and Learning workshops; you should complete the one recommended by your department:
|Recommended by these departments
Facilitating seminars and discussion-based learning
Centre for Women’s Studies
English and Related Literature
Environment and Geography***
History of Art
Language and Linguistic Science
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
School for Business and Society
York Law School
Facilitating practical and laboratory demonstrations
Environment and Geography***
Hull York Medical School (HYMS)
School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
Facilitating problem-solving and problem-based learning
Economics and Related Studies
Biology: contact your GTA Coordinator
Chemistry: contact your GTA Coordinator
* Unless your departmental GTA Coordinator has secured exemption for you.
*** Choose according to the focus of your teaching work: if supporting teaching in the social sciences the department recommends Facilitating
How to book
NOTE: Bookings close two weeks before each workshop: this is to ensure you have time to complete the self-study component beforehand. You'll receive access to this two weeks before the seminar date.
If you’re a PGR:
- Choose one workshop, as recommended by your department: see table above.
- Go to SkillsForge, search 'Academic Practice' in 'Providers' or 'Graduate Teaching Assistants' in 'Categories', and find the relevant Introduction to Teaching and Learning workshop.
- Book a workshop: make sure you are available at that time and can complete the self-study in advance.
If you’re not a PGR (and don't have access to SkillsForge):Check the workshop dates and seminar times; then book by completing the manual booking form.
If you can’t find a workshop available on a suitable date:
**If you can’t see the workshop you'd like to attend, or can’t attend on the advertised dates, or are unable to attend in person, please complete this expression of interest form. If there is enough demand (including for online workshops), extra workshop dates may be added; Academic Practice will contact you if so.
For any further questions, please contact the Academic Practice team: firstname.lastname@example.org