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Xuzhou Medical University delegates arrive for 3-month Innovative Teaching Practice Programme

7 January 2020

Welcoming Xuzhou Medical University delegates to Cardiff
Welcoming Xuzhou Medical University delegates to Cardiff University.

Chinese medical academics have started a teaching practice programme at Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences

We are thrilled to welcome 16 Chinese academics from Xuzhou Medical University for a bespoke, 3-month Innovative Teaching Practice Programme, led by the School of Social Sciences (SOCSI).

The aim of the programme is to assist the development of learning, teaching and pedagogical practice for academic staff, which they can apply in their own professional contexts. Delegates will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of innovative learning and teaching practices in Higher Education within the UK.

The programme begins with two weeks of intensive English language sessions, with further English sessions throughout their time in Cardiff, allowing delegates to develop excellent skills relevant for the rest of the programme.

Following the initial English language sessions, the programme comprises two modules:

Module 1- Teaching and Pedagogical Practice in Higher Education

The focus of this module is the exploration of learning, teaching, pedagogical practice and student engagement in Higher Education across a broad range of disciplines. It includes the exploration of a range of learning and teaching approaches, use of innovative practices to support learning and teaching, and how to meet diverse students’ needs.

Module 2 - Collaborative Professional Learning in Higher Education

This module draws upon Shulman’s (2004) case-making methodology as an approach to elicit deep and critical considerations and understandings through engaging in a structured reflective learning experience. Using carefully constructed opportunities for observations in discipline specific programmes aligned to the delegates' particular interests and expertise, ‘cases’ will be developed using theoretical underpinnings and reflections on practice through dialogic and collaborative work.

Emmajane Milton, Reader and National Teaching Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, said:

"We're delighted to welcome the new delegates to Cardiff University, and look forward to a productive and exciting programme. Cardiff University has a well-established relationship with China, working together on many projects for both student exchange and research collaboration. This bespoke programme will provide our delegates with an excellent understanding of a variety of approaches to learning and teaching at Cardiff."

The programme is delivered via classroom teaching, interactive workshops and seminars, and observations of lectures in the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences. This programme is extremely immersive, with delegates having access to libraries and Learning Central, as well as taking part in cultural and educational visits across Wales.

We wish the 16 academics from Xuzhou Medical University all the best during their time in Cardiff and look forward to working closely with them over the next 13 weeks.

Bespoke CPD opportunities

The Innovative Teaching Practice Programme is a great example of the bespoke work that Cardiff University can offer. Cardiff University has a dedicated CPD Unit, with experts who can work with your business or organisation to create unique training plans to suit your specific requirements. We work across all Colleges at the University and can help you develop a programme, whatever discipline you work in.

Find out more about our bespoke provision here, and if you would like to speak to one of our friendly team to find out more, please do get in touch.

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