An overview of possible CPD activities

As a member of UM teaching staff with a UTQ and a teaching load of more than 10% (equivalent to 160 hours per year for a full-time appointment), you are encouraged to reflect upon your development wishes and needs, so that you can plan your CPD.  To help you develop new knowledge and skills relating to your teaching, your faculty as well as various other UM departments, including EDLAB, offer a range of activities that may be relevant for you.

EDLAB activities will be listed on this page as they become available as well as on Facebook or LinkedIn. These are continually being updated, so please check back regularly.  New activities will also be communicated via your faculty CPD coordinators.  Activities and support for teaching staff available from other UM departments are also listed below.

In addition to taking part in formal training activities, you may want to develop your own activities with colleagues, or undertake CPD in a more informal manner.  This is fine so long as it suits your development plan and is approved by your manager or faculty CPD coordinator.  Your CPD should also be relevant to the teaching competences outlined in this document. Note that standard duties (staff meetings or compulsory training as part of a regular teaching role) are not considered as CPD.

Upcoming activities

Please note that the funding for EDLAB’s CPD activities only covers UM teaching staff with a UTQ and a teaching load of more than 160 hours per year.  This is because teaching staff who have not yet completed their UTQ have the opportunity to develop by following this trajectory first within your faculties.  All UM staff (those with teaching as well as non-teaching positions) are also able to follow courses offered by the UM Staff Career Centre.  For more information about Continuing Professional Development and who it’s for, see

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CPD Online presents: Decolonising Science: Why and How? | 7 and 14 December 2021

At the beginning of December, EDLAB will be welcoming Daniel Akinbosede from Sussex University who will be running a webinar and online workshop for us on Decolonising the Science Curriculum. Scientific disciplines are well known for their grounding in objectivity and fact-driven research practices. As a result, it is easy to assume that new educational initiatives such as ‘decolonising the curriculum’ are not relevant in our fields. This two-part CPD activity seeks to make the case that the opposite is true.
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Online CPD workshop: Giving Effective Feedback | 9 December 2021

How much and what kinds of feedback help students most, and what helps them least? And how much feedback is effective? This online workshop will focus around discussion of how to respond to some samples of student writing. Although the online workshop was developed to help with feedback on writing, much of what is discussed will be relevant to giving feedback for other types of student output.
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Workshop: Mindfulness in the Classroom | 10 January 2022 13:30-15:30

After the session, you will be able to try a variety of mindful techniques for yourself (to see what works best for you), discuss mindfulness with your students & prepare and lead a short mindful meditation with your students.
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Ask the Alumni: Past learning experiences informing future teaching practices | 11 January 2022 14:00-15:30

During this online “Ask the Alumni” session we will welcome a panel of UM Alumni from various faculties to discuss the vision on UM education after graduation. Looking back, what aspects of UM education did they appreciate specifically and supported them to learn during their education and in their career after UM? Let’s find out together during this “Ask the Alumni” session!
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CPD online presents: The Teaching Trick - a webinar by Kristina Edström | 13 January 2022 13:30-15:30

In January we welcome Kristina Edström for her webinar “The Teaching Trick”! Looking into how student learning can be improved within the same level of time that we are already using for teaching and assessment? The key principle is that teachers should spend more of their time doing things that lead to high quality learning, and less time doing such things that are less productive. Concrete examples will be used to illustrate the principle, challenge old ways of thinking and question some taken-for-granted practices in education.
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Valuable Feedback? A student-staff co-creation event by EDLAB | 19 January 2022

What is good feedback? Is it more than justification for a grade? What is the value of self- and peer- feedback? During a co-creation event on 19 January 2022, students and teachers have an opportunity to come together to discuss their perspectives and brainstorm about the future of feedback at UM.
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Read to succeed: Continuing Professional Development Book Club

EDLAB recently started a book group as part of our CPD offering. We will start off by reading “Education in the Open Society – Karl Popper and Schooling” by Richard Bailey and discussing the relevance of this book for our (CCCS) educational philosophy. This activity is open to all UM teaching staff who are eligible for CPD.
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Digital Exams: Ask-Me-Anything Sessions | Various dates

The AMA sessions are aimed at experienced users of TestVision, but anyone is welcome to join! Do you have specific or advanced questions on digital assessment and TestVision? Or did you take the workshop and have further questions? Then join the digital exams experts at the University Library via Zoom at an upcoming session.
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Open Call: Your educational expertise wanted!

Are you experienced in teaching at UM and are you always trying out new things in the classroom? Do you have experience designing education, coordinating courses and coaching students and fellow teachers? If so it may be good to know that we often look for knowledgeable teaching staff to share their insights with others during CPD activities.
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Online CPD resources


EDLAB's Webinars and Knowledge Clips

Here you can find our recordings of our webinars as well as our our CPD knowledge clips on online teaching.
EDLAB's online resources
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UM resources for online education

For support with your online, blended or hybrid education, the UM has set up a host of digital facilities, as well as tips & tricks to support you.
Tools for teaching staff
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Canvas Support Portal

Would you like to get more out of UM’s digital education and assessment tools? Then you can access various manuals, video’s, tips and tricks on the use of Canvas via the “Canvas Support Portal” offered by the University Library.
Visit the Canvas Support Portal

Making information literacy part of academic skills development

Information is everywhere around us: from (digital) books and articles to social media notifications and videos. Students need the skills to navigate through such an information jungle. That’s why the University Library together with EDLAB, have created a framework to support you in developing your students’ information literacy skills during your courses. Check out out the resources available here.
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Online Coaching Modules - UM Career Services and UM Psychologists

UM Career Services and UM Psychologists have designed and developed several online modules to support staff members in their coaching and/or supervising role such as mentors, coaches and tutors. These modules contain theory and coaching models. However, above all they contain many practical tips, tools and exercises to develop your most essential coaching skills and competences. The modules can be found in Canvas and are accessible to all UM employees via self-enroll.
Enroll in Coaching Modules

Other sources of UM training and support

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The UM Diversity & Inclusivity Office

UM’s D&I Office are working on a number of new activities to help our staff to foster an inclusive and effective learning environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued.
Support from the UM D&I Office

The University Library

The University Library offers a wealth of skills training and advice on blended learning, tools to enhance activated learning and support for Canvas. You can also find more support for digital assessment including TestVision.
Support from the UM Library

UM Career Services & UM Psychologists

Our UM Career Services & UM Psychologists offer online modules and face-to-face training for UM teaching staff, helping you to be a better coach to your students, be better able to advise your students in their employability or well-being options, and to be able to identify when students may need additional support.
Support from the UM Career Services & UM Psychologists
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The Language Centre

The UM Language Centre offers training for staff on delivering effective English-Medium Instruction (EMI). This focuses on how you can communicate more effectively with students from diverse backgrounds. This training gives teachers the chance to share experiences, discuss good practices and learn better communication strategies that are relevant for the UM’s international classroom.
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The UM support portal for video in education and research by the UM Library! Check out the website for more information on how to create videos, didactics, formats, tools and best practices. There is also more information on copyright and you can contact the VideUM team for support.
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Contact us!

If you’d like to share your experiences, questions, ideas or suggestions regarding CPD with us then please feel free to contact us directly via: