First Steps to Supporting Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Award (FST)
The FST course aims to support staff to prepare and deliver effective learning, assessment and feedback.
FST is an Advance HE accredited module that is taught and assessed by the Centre for Higher Education Research & Practice (CHERP).
It is a 20 credit module at Level 7 on the Postgraduate CPD Framework.
FST provides an opportunity for post-graduate teaching assistants (PGTA) and other staff with restricted learning and teaching roles* to develop their understanding of and practice in effective learning, teaching, and assessment.
It is offered as a stand-alone module and will be of particular benefit to those carrying out tutoring and demonstrating.
* Hourly-paid teaching staff should undertake the RUT programme
The module is long and thin in nature: this means that it is delivered over both Semesters 1 and 2.
We use a flipped approach to delivering the module: this means that you have materials to read and activities to complete independently, before attending the live webinar sessions.
There are 5 independent learning blocks each followed by a live session. Engagement with both the independent learning and live sessions is required.
In particular, FST supports your development and understanding of how to prepare and deliver effective learning sessions (A2) and to carry out assessment and feedback (A3) that supports learning.
FST has been designed to:
- support the University’s Code of Practice for Postgraduate Tutors and Demonstrators
- support the development needs of contracted staff, for example Research Associates, who teach
- satisfy the requirements of Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education with particular reference to Areas of Activity 2 (teaching & supporting learning) and 3 (assessment & feedback).
- take account of Ulster priorities in learning and teaching
Additionally, the assessment tasks have been designed to enable you to provide evidence of your effective practice in these areas.
You are required to carry out 25 hours of teaching and/or learning support with UIster students over the course of FST.