Twenty-one modules support higher education staff in the development of best practices, including effectively facilitating learning, and developing their core knowledge and professional values. To create the PSF version of this programme, we have worked with Advance HE as consultants to ensure best practice and accurate alignment with the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), Descriptor 1.

To access the courses listed below you will need to register for an account at your email address and enter the relevant token 02a92303. You do not need to pay for these courses. Please see here for details on how to do this. The hyperlinks below will work once you are logged in (they work best in Chrome, Firefox or Edge).

Strand 1: Introduction: Your Role in University Teaching and Learning

This course will help you to reflect on how you fit into the current higher education context. This course will take around 56 minutes to complete.

Thinking about teaching

This module was designed to help you reflect on your role and teaching practices and the opportunities you have to continue to develop and grow.

The higher education context

This module examines the wider higher education context that you are working in, looking closely at emerging developments and current key drivers.

Your training needs

This module contains a diagnostic tool made up of three exploratory tests, each depicting different scenarios you might face, depending on the context you might be working in.

Strand 2: Planning and Preparing Learning Activities

This course will help you to constructively align your teaching, promote active learning and provide engaging, high quality learning resources. This course will take around 133 minutes to complete.

Introduction to key principles

This module introduces key concepts in designing a learning sequence and explores why design is important for creating effective learning experiences.

Planning and contextualising

This module prompts you to consider your context and how it affects the way you facilitate learning.

Approaches to active learning

This module explores active and student-led learning, demonstrating what both approaches look like in practice and how they relate to your context.

Active learning for online or blended delivery

This module prompts you to consider what your role is in online, blended and flipped learning and how you can use each in your own teaching practices.

Developing learning resources

This module explores how to identify and make the most of the learning resources available to you and how they can help promote student engagement.

Strand 3: Teaching and Supporting Learning 

This course will help you to select and implement diverse teaching approaches and create inclusive learning environments. This course will take around 100 minutes to complete.

Engaging and motivating learners

This module examines key factors that influence student motivation and strategies that you can use to help support and maintain student engagement.

Group work that works

This module discusses the benefits of group work for you and your students and how to address common challenges that may arise when facilitating it.

Laboratory and practical settings

This module explores how to support and promote your students’ learning in practical settings and how you might assess their work.

Environments outside of the university

This module explores the benefits of facilitating learning outside of the university and how to best support learning in these environments.

Strand 4: Assessment and Feedback (94 mins)

This course will help you to design appropriate and aligned assessments, deliver meaningful feedback on individual and group assignments and minimise bias in marking. This course will take around 94 minutes to complete.

Assessment for learning

This module explores what assessment is used for and the various roles that you will play in the assessment cycle as a facilitator.


This module explores how you can use feedback to prompt learning by creating a dialogue with students and techniques that you can use in your context.

Marking and grading

This module considers the different factors involved in marking and how you can develop a professional judgement that is fair to your students.

Strand 5: Addressing Barriers to Student Success (75 mins)

This course will help you to support students academically and non-academically, encourage student wellbeing, navigate challenges and deal with personal pressures and stress. This course will take around 75 minutes to complete.

Including all students

This module contains techniques and advice on how to create and sustain an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all of your students.

Supporting students’ wellbeing

This module provides guidance and advice on how to approach and support a student in need, while maintaining the professional boundaries of your role.

Looking after yourself and looking out for others

This module contains techniques and advice on how to maintain your wellbeing and how to support colleagues with maintaining their wellbeing.

Strand 6: Reviewing Your Teaching (68 mins)

This course will help you to adapt your practices in light of peer, student and external feedback and build on your experiences as a reflective, inquisitive and pro-active teacher. This course will take around 68 minutes to complete.

Evaluating your teaching

This module discusses how to work with feedback and student evaluations by providing tips and methods that you can apply in your own context.

Rethinking and redesigning

This module was designed to help you develop an approach to enhance your teaching practices by giving you the necessary tools to evaluate your impact.

Milestones and pathways for professional development

This module will help you identify strategies that you can use to develop your career and to become more proactive in your professional development.

University Teaching: Core Skills can be accessed by using the weblink .  You will need to create an account using your Sheffield Hallam email address and further guidance on this can be found on this link   Please ensure that you don’t use a personal email address to create your account and don’t pay for any modules, as payments made in error cannot be refunded.  All modules are covered by the Sheffield Hallam subscription, which is accessed by using your Sheffield Hallam email address.


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