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Teaching and Learning Academy

Teaching and learning at LJMU

Enhancing the student learning experience and developing opportunities for staff

They say that no one ever forgets a good teacher, those individuals who can hold an audience and capture the imagination of their students.

At LJMU we ensure that every member of staff can aspire to be this unforgettable figure by constantly evolving our academic practices, learning from our own community and by creating platforms to promote and celebrate a sense of excellence in teaching and learning.

The Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) extends across the University and underpins all aspects of academic life. We believe that our students should learn from engaged teaching staff who are immersed in their own subject and passionate about conveying their knowledge. We encourage staff to use all of their skills and the latest in technology to create a truly inspirational student experience.

The services we offer and the way we work with staff varies. However, in general our work focuses on the following areas:

  • Education enhancement
  • Curriculum innovation
  • Promotion of pedagogic research and scholarship
  • Adoption and embedding of effective practices

Evidence of TLA impact is highly visible. We host an annual Teaching and Learning Conference now in its seventeenth year. A total of 540 staff and students registered for the 2017 conference, representing a 164% increase since 2010. We hold regular Research and Practice in HE seminars aimed at encouraging institutional discussion and debate around teaching and learning. Attendance at these has increased 46% within the last three years to 2018. In addition, we host a Teaching in Practice series (TiPs) which comprises a range of development workshops focusing on strategies to enhance student engagement and the use of technology within teaching. An evaluation in 2017 found that 91% of staff who attended felt able to apply their learning to their teaching practice.

The TLA has a varied portfolio of accredited Academic Practice programmes which are suitable for the emergent to experienced practitioner. In support of LJMU’s ambitious Digital University aspirations, the team is also refining and strengthening its technology-enhanced learning support and recently introduced a new Virtual Learning Environment: Canvas.

The LJMU Teaching and Learning Academy represents, and is relevant to, everyone within the institution; academics, professional services and students, working together as a community to achieve common student-centred objectives within a clear strategy of educational enhancement. It demonstrates our position as a forward-thinking institution that believes in the concept of 'One University'.

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