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Teaching, mentoring, demonstrating

Research Skills required by PhD students E5: Effectively support the learning of others when...

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9 March 2010

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.

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