Teaching, mentoring, demonstrating
Research Skills required by PhD students E5: Effectively support the learning of others when...
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Research Skills required by PhD students E5: Effectively support the learning of others when involved in teaching, mentoring or demonstrating activities
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Do you contribute to giving feedback on other students’ work in seminars, reading groups, or other settings?
- Do you read and give feedback on other students’ papers or thesis drafts? Is your feedback well received?
- Have you supported a new student? For example, by explaining procedures in the lab?
- Have you taught students at summer school, evening classes, in school or college?
- Have you helped to design and deliver skills training at your university?
- Have you contributed to course production in your university?
- Can you plan and deliver a lecture?
- Can you set learning objectives for a lecture or seminar and relate them to the structure, content, and delivery?
- Can you demonstrate a tool or technique clearly?
- Can you tailor your explanations for your audience?
- Can you guide someone in a task without telling them what to do?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- Positive reports on your feedback to other students.
- Reports on your teaching, including feedback and assessment where available.
- A record of external teaching experience, outreach work in schools, mentoring and coaching (e.g. sport or theatre).
- Copies of lesson plans, lecture notes, hand-outs, PowerPoint slides developed for your teaching, linked to defined learning objectives set.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.