Apparently, some universities have decided (or are in the process of
deciding) to require their new lecturers to successfully complete, rather
than simply attend, their award-bearing courses of training and development
in teaching and learning (many of which are recognised by SEDA).
At Northumbria, we are discussing the possibility of moving to this
position, partly because it seems a half measure to require attendance only,
but also because of the prospect that participants who only attend our
courses may be required to attend a similar course all over again, or, at
least, to undertake coursework, should they take up a post in a university
that demands completion.
I would appreciate your views on this issue, and, in particular, would be
pleased to hear from you if your institution requires successful completion,
about the arguments that persuaded your colleagues to take this decision.
School of Education
University of Northumbria at Newcastle