Calling all new GTAs: Teaching courses this June

For researchers who will become Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Autumn, there are Preparing to Teach courses available in June and September. 

The course addresses a range of introductory topics to develop your teaching skills, including:

  • Evaluating effective teaching techniques
  • How to plan a teaching session
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Principles of assessment and feedback
  • Applying for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

For dates and booking information, go to www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/prodev/prepteach.aspx.

For experienced GTAs:

If you have a year’s experience you may like to consider applying for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. See www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/TRaK/Introduction.aspx for more information.

Please also consider whether you could contribute to our Preparing to Teach workshops by answering questions from new GTAs. We welcome applications from all faculties: see https://keats.kcl.ac.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=114455.

Share your Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) experience

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Joe Attard, GTA Rep for Arts, Humanities, SSPP and Law

My name is Joe, and I am the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Rep for Arts, Humanities, SSPP and Law. I run a regular open meeting in which GTAs are invited to discuss their experience of teaching and how it can be improved. 

The next meeting will take place at 12:00 noon on Monday, 21 November 2016, in room K-1.14, King’s Building, Strand Campus. Please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804085759807771/ 

If you have any issues with pay, working conditions or your relationship with your convener/supervisor, please do come along to discuss these matters and I’ll do my very best to help.

This is also a good opportunity to meet and chat with other GTAs, share experiences and find ways to help one another as colleagues.

Alternatively, if there is anything you wish to raise privately, send me an email at joseph.attard@kcl.ac.uk. All correspondences will be treated as confidential.

Support for PhD candidates who teach

Many of you gain teaching experience at King’s while undertaking your research degree. This is great for you and good for the university too.

We want to make sure those of you who do teach are well supported. Faculties deliver a range of training, induction and buddying arrangements for Teaching Assistants (TAs) and King’s Learning Institute (KLI) also offers the ‘Preparing to Teach’ course and the more advanced PGCAP course that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. KLI has considerably increased capacity on these courses in responses to requests from TAs.

Recently we have had discussions to see how we can improve support further, and that involved a focus group with TAs. In response to the three main suggestions to come out of this session, we have made the following changes:

  1. University policy guidance is now available on the Teaching Opportunities webpage of the Graduate School. Our focus group said they found this a very helpful document but hadn’t previously been aware of it.
  2. KLI has agreed to arrange drop-in sessions for TAs on different campuses so you can call in and get advice on good practice and/or discuss problems you are having with your teaching. These will begin in September 2015.
  3. The Graduate School has set up a discussion forum where you can contact other TAs, share your experience and good practice, as well as offer advice and support to your peers. This can be found on KEATS, but you will need to submit an application form for admission to the forum. This can be found on our internal web pages by clicking here and selecting the tab entitled ‘Forum for King’s Graduate Teaching Assistants’.

Professor Vaughan Robinson
Director of the Graduate School

Opportunity for GTAs to participate in revising College Guidelines

King’s College is currently revising the guidance it gives to schools and departments regarding the support for postgraduate students who are also teaching for King’s College.

We would like to invite up to six postgraduate students to provide feedback on the new draft guidelines.

You will:

  • Read the current college guidelines and suggestions for amendments
  • Have an opportunity to discuss your ideas for enhancement in an informal meeting
  • Enhance your knowledge of policies supporting teaching
  • Receive a £10 Amazon voucher as a sign of appreciation for your efforts.

The meeting takes place on Monday the 17th of November from 2-4 pm.

Please email Dr Anna Mountford-Zimdars (King’s Learning Institute) directly if you are interested in participating in this opportunity: Anna.Mountford-Zimdars@kcl.ac.uk