Edinburgh Napier University: ENroute Yearbook 2016 Edition - Page 20

ENroute Yearbook 2015-16 In at the Deep End: Building Confidence in the Teaching Team Stephen Robertson, Business School, Senior Fellow Do you remember teaching your first class, when you moved from one end of the classroom to the other? I remember mine very clearly. It came a lot quicker than I expected as I was ‘shadowing’ a colleague, but the partitioned classroom quite literally intervened and I was faced with a class full of MBA students. I had no time to prepare or worry, but my mentor’s confidence in me meant that I walked into the room and delivered an hour and half on International Business. We swapped rooms and I did it again. This isn’t the ideal way to take your first class but the freedom I was given was something that stayed with me. Now that I’m a module leader myself, with a team of three or four tutors delivering about 10 tutorials each week, I’ve tried to create a supportive and empowering environment for new colleagues. As module leader, I have the responsibility for consistency in delivery without being prescriptive. I need to develop an understanding – quickly – of what support a new tutor requires. The lectures are recorded so the delivery team, new and experienced, are encouraged to listen to those as preparation or come along to class to understand the module ethos more. I use slides as a structure and talk around them, drawing from the students’ experiences, so the other tutors need to know what examples I’ve used. At the end of each term, I run an online questionnaire that allows students to feedback on a range of topics, including the tutorials. By indicating which class they attended, the students provide direct feedback for each tutor. This detail is passed on to the tutors to help them develop. This helps create a supportive environment where the module team learn as much as the students. Watch Stephen’s video presentation 19