Learning & Teaching Academy

The Learning & Teaching Academy is an Academic Staff Development service that supports and enables the enhancement of learning and teaching through the use of innovative pedagogy, appropriate technology and use of learning spaces.

Teaching Checklist 

We may be asked again to work remotely either as individuals or as a team at short notice. The college will keep in touch with us by email, social media and through the website. 
The Learning & Teaching Academy ‘readiness’ web page and checklist reminds you what you need to put in place before you leave the building to stay in touch with your students and your colleagues if we enter lockdown again.


Before you leave the building have you

  • Logged into the device you are going to take home.
  • If you have one, take your laptop, charger and any other devices you will need at home.
  • Have you spent time at home checking you can access Connected, MyCity and other relevant systems.

Getting Ready for Teaching 

The college is adopting a digital-first approach for Academic Year 20/21. The Learning & Teaching Academy have developed a webinar and workshop programme that is aligned to professional standards for teaching and support staff and informed by data from staff and student surveys.  

Getting Ready for Teaching - Webinar Series Link

City Learning Standard Link

Remember that support is always available on a 1:1 and curriculum teams basis from your Faculty assigned Learning TechnologistLearning Technologies Helpdesk and the Library Helpdesk.

Learning and Teaching Delivery 2020/21 - This paper is offered to provide guidance and expectations for delivery of learning and teaching for 20/21. It has been developed in consultation with a number of colleagues from across the college and has been helpfully informed by the survey of student experience of online learning conducted in June 2020.

About the Learning and Teaching Academy

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Our College doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It is always and everywhere shaped by world events, technology and educational research.  Learning and teaching needs to be restructured in several ways to meet these powerful forces. Faculty must be prepared to teach in online, blended, and face-to-face modes utilising varying pace, places and modes.  Key trends include blended learning design, measuring learning, advancing technology in traditional learning, redesigning learning spaces, providing open learning materials for the community, cross-institution and industry collaboration, rise of microlearning, Collaborative Professional Learning (CPL) and Alumni learning and modularised and disaggregated studies.

In tackling such large targets the College has embarked on a bold initiative to Refresh, Renew and Rebuild an approach to CPL that will establish our college as a global institution leading in learning and teaching to prepare our students for jobs they will inhabit that are as yet not invented.  We encourage staff to undertake content development that aligns with our staff learning development principles.

The Learning & Teaching Academy, established in 2020, brings together expertise in instructional design, academic development and learning technology in one place to inspire Pedagogy, Practice, Accreditation and Reflection in our staff by:

  • Delivering digital transformation through relevant, timely and effective training and continuous professional development through 1:1, F2F, webinars workshops and symposia.
  • Providing digital resources and networking opportunities to engage academic staff.
  • Researching and cascading best digital practices - to improve our classroom and on-line delivery.
  • Supporting scholarly activity to support new standards for lecturers and taught degree awarding powers across the institution.
  • Supporting innovative teaching practices across the organisation and providing a platform and opportunities for colleagues to share their experiences through communities of practice and fellowship opportunities.
  • Supporting the development and skills of ALL staff to an agreed digital literacy standard.
  • Providing robust, reliable and innovative services from the library and learning technology teams to ensure that ALL staff and learners are confident in making the most of our learning assets.

We look forward to you joining us on this exciting journey!

Tom Duff
Associate Director
Learning & Teaching Academy