At Middlesex successful completion is required - attendance alone
would seem to be an inadequate and unhelpful measure - like assuming
that students' attendance at lectures is an indication of learning ...
>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
Professor Barry Jackson
Director of Learning Development
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