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Tutor and Demonstrator Development at UCD

As with good teaching, being a good demonstrator or tutor is more than possessing expert disciplinary knowledge. Due to the vast array of subject-specific requirements there is no single pre-defined role and many demonstrators/tutors might themselves also be graduate students.  In order to provide the highest quality support to undergraduate students; demonstrators and tutors are encouraged to avail of professional training opportunities relevant to their role and context.  If you are a post-doctoral or research fellow go to the  post-doctoral and research fellows page to find out about the dedicated seminar series provided for you.  This page provides information on the training and development opportunities provided by UCD for tutors and demonstrators.

In general, tutorials and practical sessions provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to explore and apply the concepts, skills, and competencies introduced in class, in a manner that is not usually possible in larger classroom environments.

Tutor Induction

Tutor Induction Workshops take place in September and January each year.  They are two hours in duration and for those who have been engaged to tutor in that semester. See the Calendar‌ for dates and times.

Module

In January 2017, UCD Teaching and Learning will offer a five ECTS blended learning module (NFQ level 9) entitled "Introduction to University Teaching and Learning for Tutors, Demonstrators and Teaching Assistants". The aim of this module is to enable those who are currently responsible for supporting teaching at UCD to reflect, review and enhance their teaching, learning and assessment practices. Further details will be available soon.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Modules

UCD runs a series of school-based accredited modules for graduate teaching assistants which were developed with the support of UCD Teaching and Learning.  Students should contact their programme office to express interest and or inquire about offerings.  These modules tend to be five ECTS and are bespoke with discipline-specific content.   

Schools interested in providing graduate teaching assistant modules should get in touch with UCD Teaching & Learning who will work with them to develop bespoke modules.

 

Resources

Introductory information on issues relevant to small group teaching and student engagement can be found in the Teaching Toolkit

Activities and resources on session planning, engagement, and assessment are available in the UCD OER

 

 

Demonstrators/Tutors

Lecturers 

 Roles

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 Expectations

Have to be negotiated with module coordinators responsible for tutorials/demonstrating

Lecturers should ensure the coherent design of the sequence of the tutorials/or experiments with the lectures

Should involve training and support networks as well as procedural, subject and school-specific information Lecturers need to communicate to the tutor/demonstrator how their teaching fits in with the broader student learning experience
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