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Professional Development & EventsHere we present an overview of our academic professional development events and activities alongside access to a range of webinars and tutorials hosted by colleagues within Hallam and sector-wide institutions. 

We also provide you with information on who our stakeholders are, what they can support you with and how they work across all areas of the university to provide a comprehensive development programme for all staff at Hallam. 

 

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Academic Practice, Management and Leadership Inclusive Pedagogy and Practice Digital Resilience Recognition/accreditation for teaching and learning

 

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Academic Practice, Management and Leadership

We continually aspire to challenge ourselves and others to create learning communities that are inclusive, equitable, sustainable and high performing.  The academic practice, management and leadership development that we offer supports individuals, and course teams to reflect, review develop flexible, high quality, digitally-enabled student experiences that prepare students for success.  Helping you to be confident, extend your capabilities and constructively challenge within the academic community to respond to future challenges.

Working with key stakeholders, with both academic and professional development colleagues, we bring you a host of staff development that focus on academic practice, management and leadership.

Academic Essentials

Academic Essentials (SP site) – the university’s one-stop-shop to getting the right information for you to do your job. Academic Development & Diversity (ADD) offer staff guided tours to help navigate and understand what you need and where to find it.

Academic Advising (AA)

Student Support Triangle (SP site) – Melissa Jacobi, Student Experience, Teaching and Learning (SETL), provides training and development for those undertaking the role of AA.

Apprenticeships

Higher and Degree Apprenticeship: Compliant Learner Manager – Sam Moorwood offers a collection of video guides and support. 

Assessment and Feedback (A&F)

Assessment Essentials (website) – the university’s central assessment and feedback resource: 

  • Academic Development & Diversity (ADD) off staff guided tours to help navigate and understand what your needs are. 
  • Digital Learning Team offer recordings from their suite of A&F related workshops. 
  • See Digital Resilience section below for more digitally-facing themed development offers. 

Course Leadership

Academic Development & Diversity (ADD) offer their Course Leadership development programme and induction workshops for staff who are looking to aspire to become a CL or enhance their CL skills.

Curriculum Catalogue

The Curriculum Catalogue is used to manage the creation, maintenance and storage of all course and module records.   Academic Services offer online tutorials and resources.

External Examining (EE)

Academic Development & Diversity (ADD) offer their External Examining development programme and workshop for staff who are looking to enhance and develop their EE skills.

In Conversation

In Conversation – a collection of recordings from Academic Development & Diversity (ADD) on group discussions covering a number of topics that affect staff and students. 

Hallam Aspire

The Hallam Aspire Programme (website) is a mentoring scheme to support our next generation of professors, especially those from under-represented groups.  The scheme supports our ambition to improve diversity and to support talent within the institution. Hallam Aspire is eligible to staff who identify as having an under-represented protected characteristic (ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability).

Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics (SP site) – Student Experience, Teaching and Learning (SETL) provide useful guides and resources.

Module Evaluation

Module Evaluation Questionnaires (MEQs) (SP site) – Module evaluation is a comprehensive and systematic process to provide module leaders with anonymous feedback from the students studying their modules. Student Experience, Teaching and Learning (SETL), provide a screencast video explaining the MEQ process at SHU and how you, as module leaders, can control the opening and closing of your questionnaire MEQ process at SHU (SP site).

Module Leadership

Source

Strategy, Planning and Insight (SPI) host the insight and data portal and offer their Bitesize sessions which are a form of presentation used in SPI to share projects and information.  

Student Engagement

Digital Learning Team offer recordings from their suite of student engagement related workshops. 

Student Systems

Academic Services > Registry Services provides a wide range of student systems and process related training, both scheduled courses and bespoke sessions.

We also signpost staff to a range of external development opportunities with sector-wide institutions: 

 

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Inclusive Pedagogy and Practice

Working with key stakeholders, with both academic and professional development colleagues, we bring you a host of staff development opportunities that support you to embed inclusive pedagogy and practice in order to enhance the student experience. 

Cultural Calendar

HROD have developed this Cultural Calendar (SP site) to help raise awareness and celebrate the diverse cultural backgrounds of our community at Sheffield Hallam University. It is also a practical tool which will help with planning meetings, exams or events when a portion of staff and students may be unavailable.

Degree Awarding Gap (DAG)

Academic Development & Diversity (ADD) are leading on various inclusive pedagogy and practice workstreams that aim to support staff in reducing the degree awarding gap. Here are some of our staff development opportunities:

  • Supporting Minoritised Student Groups (SMSG) – the aim is to support College departments and the Doctoral School to develop new or sustain ongoing groups.  In doing so, SMSG helps to create a community where racially minoritised students do not feel like the outsider, experience discrimination, and have a space where peers can support each other so they feel included. 
  • Equity Accomplice Programme – the aim is to create a development offer for staff  that enables them to grow their capability to take the work forward in their own areas. The resource includes the content, a medium for delivery, and resources for facilitation with individuals or groups.  This resource is designed to be developed and delivered in context, so case –based discussions need to be built with the staff and student groups who may use it. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

HROD and Academic Development & Diversity (ADD) new staff induction: co-delivery of the ‘Introduction to EDI at Hallam’. If you’re a new member of staff you should have attended this as part of your induction. If you’re not aware of this or indeed wish to have a refresher, visit The Core Portal system and book your place – search under EDI and look for course code NSEDI / Professional Development. 

Hallam Aspire

The Hallam Aspire Programme (website) is a mentoring scheme to support our next generation of professors, especially those from under-represented groups.  The scheme supports our ambition to improve diversity and to support talent within the institution. Hallam Aspire is eligible to staff who identify as having an under-represented protected characteristic (ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability).

Inclusive Hallam

HROD bring to you their Inclusive Hallam (website) online event series which aims to explore some of society’s most challenging equality, diversity and inclusion issues and asking: “What can we all do to help make inclusion the norm within our communities and wider society?”

Protect and Respect

HROD have developed Protect & Respect (SP site), their new learning and development programme for all staff focusing on how we can continue to build a safe and inclusive culture, with a genuine respect for different viewpoints and a sense of belonging, togetherness and wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. 

SPARK – staff disability Network

Learn more about this university-wide staff disability network (website) and join in with conversations and activities. 

We also signpost staff to a range of external development opportunities with sector-wide institutions: 

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Digital Resilience

Working with key stakeholders, with both academic and professional development colleagues, we bring you a host of staff development opportunities that support your digital resilience.

Assistive Technology

Student and Academic Services (SAS), Library Services provide development opportunities to learn how to use assistive technology tools

Cyber Awareness

To protect the University and help staff defend themselves against online fraud, the University has invested in an online cyber awareness course (SP site) to highlight the risks in online activity and how we can deal with these.

Digital Accessibility

Digital Accessibility is creating content that can be easily understood and interacted with by as many people as possible. It closely links to the universities equality and diversity objectives and is a legislative requirement for all public sector bodies.  The Introduction to Digital Accessibility module (SP site) provides an insight into the barriers caused by poor accessibility and a framework to help you apply best practice to your work.

Digital Essentials

The most established definition of Digital Capability is the one used by Jisc: Capabilities which support living, learning and working in a digital society. Communicating, finding information, shopping, tracking our health and solving problems are just some of the activities which are increasingly facilitated by digital tools. This is why our digital capabilities – the skills, knowledge and understanding which help us in our daily lives – are so important to us and also valued by employers. This course is hosted on Blackboard (log-in using your usual SHU credentials) under organisation sites (00-Z-S0381-20189). 

Digital Learning Seminars

The Digital Learning Team hosts their Spring/Summer 2022 staff development programme (website) covering a range of topics, such as:

  • Engaging:
    • Designing and delivering engaging presentations
    • Producing engaging and integral bite-size pre-recorded teaching
    • Transitioning back to face-to-face delivery
    • Formative assessment and feedback
  • Consistency
    • Communication (let me down)
    • Creating an effective (and consistent) assessment brief video
    • Consistent Blackboard module design
    • Optimising assessment workflows by selecting the appropriate feedback format
  • Wellbeing:
    • Breaking Ice and Warming Up

LinkedIn Learning

Brought to you by the Digital Skills Hub (DTS) (SP site), LinkedIn Learning (LiL) is an online learning platform with currently over 16,000 on-demand courses to help develop business, technology-related and creative skills, and that number increases every week.  Hallam has subscribed to it for a number of years, and all staff and current students have full access and use of it.  LiL provides online material which can complement our teaching and staff development.

Microsoft Learning Pathways

Brought to you by the Digital Skills Hub (DTS) (SP site), Microsoft Learning Pathways presents Microsoft developed learning resources to help people get the most out of Office 365 products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, One Drive and many more. 

The videos in our Microsoft 365 Video Library (SP site) are bite-sized to help you watch them in small pockets of time or when you need them while you are in the flow of your work. 

SharePoint Learning

Brough to you by the Digital Skills Hub (DTS) (SP site), they have rounded up the very best SharePoint resources. Whatever you are looking for and however you prefer to learn we have the help you need. 

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Recognition for Teaching and Learning

Working with key stakeholders, with both academic and professional development colleagues, we bring you a host of staff professional development opportunities that support you in achieving recognition for your teaching and learning

Academic Progression

Advance HE Fellowship via the TALENT Professional Recognition Scheme 

Sheffield Hallam’s Transforming Lives strategy is driven by a set of priorities, including a focus on curriculum, teaching and learning and the student experience.  Within this is a commitment to achieve ‘consistently excellent teaching’ and a high quality learning experience for all its students, with an expectation that all staff who teach them or support their learning can evidence a high level of teaching competence. 

The Academic Development & Diversity Team’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALENT) Framework aims to provide a range of opportunities for new and experienced Hallam staff (academic, professional services and research) and postgraduate research students to obtain Advance HE fellowship through a range of taught and CPD routes. All routes are aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) descriptors to support strategic development of practice across the institution. New academic staff should check if they are eligible to enrol for the Hallam Academic Award – a degree apprenticeship route which includes Advance HE fellowship upon completion of the relevant modules of the PgDip in Academic Practice.

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Staff Support and Wellbeing 

Key stakeholders and resources

Here we present a range of key stakeholders who work with us to deliver a range of development opportunities within Hallam and beyond. If you’d like to share any development opportunities with the wider academic community, please contact the Academic Development & Diversity Team

If you’d like to discuss your personal or team needs, you can contact some of our key stakeholders direct:

  • Digital Learning Teamsupports the development of academic teaching and learning practice through the use of digital technologies across all of the academic departments in the institution. They offer support on teaching technologies such as the virtual learning environment, interactive tools, content creation, resource sharing and collaboration, e-Portfolio tools, video conferencing, screen casting and lecture capture.
  • Digital Skills Hubis a resource to help build digital confidence and increase the digital capability of everyone at Hallam. We are always exploring a wide range of apps and technologies so that we can add to the content on the Digital Skills Hub. It’s purpose is to help support you adopting the best of current, new and developing technology.  
  • HROD – staff development – the Organisational Performance and Culture Team within HROD co-ordinate staff learning and development opportunities across the University including e-learning, courses and our management development programmes. There are a number of activities that staff can engage in. 

Resources

  • Are you involved in creating, producing and delivering a live event? Perhaps you need to run an academic conference or design an open day? Dr Emma Abson shares some tips that might help you to navigate through the very challenging – but very rewarding – process of leading events.
  • Visit Academic Essentials: Digital Capability, Skills and Support overview page for a host of digital tools for online conferences, events and webinars. 

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Last updated: 3rd May 2022 NB