What is inSTIL?

The Programme has been designed to be highly interactive and will give you the maximum opportunity to develop your skills as a university teacher, to share ideas with your peers, and to determine what approaches will work in your own teaching situations. The course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. This means that you will automatically qualify for Associate Membership of the Academy after successful completion of this programme. This is a direct benefit to those who wish to make careers in the university sector in the UK and abroad. Successful completion of inSTIL carries 15 credits at Master's level. If you have any questions, please contact Educational Development.

The aim of inSTIL is to help you develop:

  • the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively support student learning in HE;
  • the confidence required for effective teaching;
  • a basis for your future career development.

After successful completion of inSTIL, you will be expected to be able to:

  • independently plan and deliver effective teaching sessions employing a variety of strategies appropriate to your role in College, and give constructive feedback on the progress of other learners;
  • demonstrate an appreciation of how student diversity, and individual needs, can be accommodated in your teaching strategies to promote equality of opportunity, student engagement in learning, and 'ownership' of the learning process by your students;
  • critically appraise published research into teaching and learning, and apply such scholarship to inform your own teaching approaches;
  • participate constructively in a community of learners, and demonstrate how your own teaching practices could foster active participation and collaboration among learners;
  • continually use a variety of sources of evidence to evaluate the experiences of learners, critically reflect on your impact, and continually develop your teaching practice.

inSTIL workshops during the year typically focus on the following aspects of teaching in higher education:

  • How students learn
  • Evaluating teaching
  • Teaching to student diversity
  • Teaching in small groups
  • Lecturing
  • Assessment, marking & giving feedback 

 Additional optional sessions are also typically available on:

  • Session planning
  • The role of self-regulation and metacognition in learning
  • Performance in teaching 
  • Technology enhanced activity design

Peer observation and dialogic, developmental feedback is also a central part of the course.

The assessment is in the form of a portfolio that includes:

  • Your teaching observations
  • A critical reflective essay
  • A wiki post on a topic of interest