Academic and Digital Development
CPD Series

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

These CPD webinars are closely aligned to the University’s strategic priorities and the Learning and Teaching Strategy. The themes for 2023-24 are: 

  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Transforming Curricula
  • Professional Development 
  • Active learning
  • SoTL

All sessions will take place on Zoom (unless otherwise mentioned). Where possible and appropriate, recordings will be made available on the ADD YouTube channel afterwards.

SoTL sessions are open to all University of Glasgow staff, including GTAs. Subject to suitability, all other events are open to all participants, including those external to the University.

If you have any questions, or suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered either this coming year or in the future, please email us or find us on Twitter: @UofGADD

CPD Series

Direct link to all upcoming CPD Events

Active Learning Network Meeting

Wed 12-1 23/08/2023 Active Learning

What has inspired you over the last year? What has made you think? What has made you smile, or given you joy?  In this one-hour get-together, we'd like to encourage you to share something that you have recently discovered that will be informing your practices in the upcoming session.   Maybe it was something that you saw at the UofG Learning and Teaching Conference, something that you came across at an Active Learning Network event or another event that you attended, or some illuminating reading or resources that you found – whatever it is, we’d like to hear all about it.  

Join us at this meeting to share your experiences, hear from others in the network, and help us to plan for future events. 


Writing for the Learning and Teaching Conference

Wed 12-1 18/10/2023 SoTL

In this session we will look at what makes a good L&T conference submission. Taking the call to the 2024 conference as our starting point, we will consider how we might start to frame an abstract: from choosing a topic, aligning it to the conference themes, and writing an appealing title. We will take some of the successful submissions from previous years and, by using the review rubric for the 2024 conference, evaluate them together. 

By the end of this session attendees should be in a position to write their own abstract for the 2024 session. 


Applying for Student-Staff Partnership Scheme (SSPS)  

Wed 12-1 17/01/2024 SoTL

The Learning and Teaching Development Fund (LTDF) supports developments in the practice of learning and teaching that will make significant contributions to the enhancement of learning and teaching across the University and to the delivery of the objectives of the Learning and Teaching Strategy. This call for bids is specifically targeted at partnership work between students and members of academic staff. 

In this session we will look at what makes a good SSPS application by looking at the current call for bids in detail. Staff involved in previous SSPS projects will join the session to answer questions and contribute to a ‘warts and all’ discussion of the processes involved in applying for, and successfully running, a project. By the end of this session attendees should be in a position to write their own application for the next round of funding.  


Active Learning Network Meetings

The Active Learning Network UofG Satellite Group holds regular meetings that are open to all staff at UofG. All sessions are held online.

Monthly Active Learning Network Meetings: Wednesday 12-1pm UK time

The monthly Active Learning Network meeting takes place over Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. These meetings take different topic each month and are led by volunteers from the Active Learning Network. Links to join below.

Date and TimeTitle 
Wed October 11th 12-1 pm Active Learning Manifesto: Collaborative Writing Activity 

Student-centred active learning constitutes the first pillar of UofG’s learning and teaching strategy and seeks to enable students to:

  1. engage more deeply with course material in the discipline,
  2. learn more effectively,
  3. perform better in assessment, and
  4. develop more fully as critical thinkers.

The university has made a commitment to supporting active learning face-to-face and online, through enhanced physical and virtual spaces that promote independent reflection, and cooperative and collaborative learning. This session builds on the foundations for a manifesto for active learning originally introduced at this year's L&T conference, and invites a range of stakeholders to contribute to the underlying principles and associated practices for active learning that all staff and students can commit to. Link to join

Wed November 8th 12-1 pm Academic Blogging

Have you ever wanted to start blogging but are not sure if it’s worthwhile, or where to start? We think that blogs can be a good vehicle to let people about work you’re doing or have done; to showcase your findings; to get feedback on the what you’ve been doing; to ‘talk out loud’ about ideas that you might turn into articles or even books; and generally to keep yourself in the public eye. Unlike with journals, you can turn an idea into published content quickly.

Join us this month to talk to colleagues who blog regularly or irregularly, and to find out how you can get started with your blogging journey by publishing on one of our blogs. Link to join

Wed December 13th 12-1 pm Active Learning in Difficult Spaces: On Campus Meeting (venue TBA) 
Have you ever stepped into a teaching space and your heart just sinks? It might be an old lecture theatre where there’s not much scope for students to do anything other than face the front of the class, or a crammed seminar room where there’s no room to move around the students. In this month’s ALN satellite group meeting, we’d like to explore pluses, minuses and important points (PMI) about difficult spaces for active learning, and consider how you might overcome some of the barriers of the space to engage students effectively in active learning. We will also invite you as active learning practitioners to share your ideas about how to master the challenges of active learning in difficult spaces. We'll also include time for participants to discuss future possibilities for the network.

Join the Active Learning Practice and Scholarship Teams (UofG staff only) to find out how to get involved in the network.


SoTL Network Meetings

The SoTL Network holds regular meetings and writing sessions that are open to all staff at UofG. All sessions are held online.

Weekly Write and Shine Sessions: Friday 8:30-12 UK time

These sessions are open to anyone to join. Some members use these sessions in order to work on SoTL projects, others bring along their marking, use the time to develop their teaching materials or work on P&DR forms. Any and all types of writing are 'allowed' - the aim of the sessions is to create a supportive and productive environment. Find us in the Write and Shine Teams Channel.

Monthly SoTL Network Meetings: Wednesday 12-1pm UK time

The monthly SoTL Network meeting takes place over Zoom on the last Wednesday of the month. These meetings take different topic from the SoTL process each month and are led by volunteers from the SoTL Network. 

Wed 27th September SoTL Hackathon

It is quite common to begin SoTL projects at the beginning of the academic year or semester. This month we are looking into the questions we need to ask in order to launch a successful SoTL project and how to ensure that it is linked to your career journey.

Wed 25th October SoTLWriMo

 Do you struggle to find the time and motivation for SoTL? Would having a bit of structure and some peer pressure help? Join us today to find out about our plans for SoTLWriMo (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Writing Month). Inspired by other monthly writing activities such as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month) we will set ourselves a target for the month of November and look at strategies to support it.

Wed 29th November SoTL Semester Reflection

An opportunity to reflect on the semester so far and to celebrate any successes, however small.

Wed 31st January SoTL Refresher
Wed 28th February Writing SoTL Funding Applications
Wed 27th March L&T Conference (in person meeting)
Wed 25th April SoTL publication
Wed 29th May Summer SoTL Planning

Join the SoTL Network Teams to find out how to get involved in all of our initiatives.

RET Fellowship

RET (Recognising Excellence in Teaching) is the University of Glasgow’s CPD framework, which aims to provide development opportunities as well as professional recognition of expertise in teaching and supporting learning.

A series of workshops is available after registration with RET to support you in your application for recognition:

Introduction to the RET framework
Peer observation of teaching
Writing about teaching
Professional values
Evaluating your teaching
Identifying evidence and engaging with scholarship
Influencing others and demonstrating effectiveness
Demonstrating strategic leadership of teaching/supporting learning in Higher Education
RET writing workshops (information available from RET coordinator)

The first step is to attend an introductory workshop. Full information is available on the RET webpages.

Annual Learning & Teaching Conference

Further to our series of CPD sessions, one of our major CPD events is the Annual University of Glasgow Learning & Teaching Conference, held each year in the Spring. 

The latest information is always available on the Conference web pages