Improving Quality of Teaching

Programme: Teaching for Quality in Medical Sciences

Training: Teaching International Students: Pedagogy at University Level – a Refresher Course

For Whom: Lecturers and anyone who instructs students

Course Level: Basic

Date&Location: TBD

The training will address in practical terms the issues of course design, syllabus writing, course preparation and delivery for higher quality in teaching and for better learning outcomes. It is designed for those who, being practitioners in their fields, are entering the teaching practice or for those who are now confronted with teaching in English and wish to improve their skills. During the course, the participants will explore different ways of teaching and will share diverse, personal experiences on learning concepts. The participants will have a chance to analyse, together with the trainers, their current work problems related to course design and delivery, as well as classroom environment. The training will consist of six parts: 1) Teaching and learning, 2) Learning theories and the practice of teaching, 3) Creating interaction through teaching methods, 4) Course planning and syllabus writing, 5) Exam and test preparation in a multicultural environment, and 6) Assessment of learning outcomes and its role in the learning process.

Training: English as a Mode of Instruction (EMI)

For Whom: Lecturers and all teaching staff

Course Level: Intermediate

Date&Location: Online, registration is ongoing

English has become a lingua franca of international education. This course focuses on the proper usage of English in the classroom. This is not an English language course; this is a course in teaching using English as the language of instruction. It improves teaching skills of non-native English speakers teaching in English. It discussed in depth the concept of EMI and helps develop good practices in teaching. This online course (40 hrs) is universal for all disciplines.

Completing this course gives Cambridge English Certificate.

Training: Teaching and Communicating in an Intercultural Context

For Whom: Lecturers and teachers in an international classrooms

Course Level: Intermediate

Date&Location: TBD

This training addresses the issues of cultural differences, intercultural management and communications to raise the quality of interactions and mutual understanding between HEI academic staff and international students. The training discusses strategies for mindful cross-cultural communication for effective connection with students in person in a classroom and non-classroom settings. The training explores how students adapt to different cultures and how this affects educational interactions and academic assistance; it will also talk about difficulties staff might encounter. The training aims to strenthen the ability to present key concepts about your HEI in an international, intercultural setting while using sophisticated communication techniques and newest presentation tools. It helps the lecturers to define and cater to the needs of incoming students stemming from multicultural, multi-ethnic and international backgrounds. It assists in managing expectations of students and own expectations as teaching staff.

Training: Clinical Communication Skills

For Whom: Lecturers and doctors who teach

Course Level: Basic

Date & Location: TBA

This two-day course addresses one of the key features of health care – the interaction between the patient and the physician (clinician). Effective communication between those two groups promotes a variety of benefits including improved diagnostic accuracy, better health outcomes, improved treatment adherence, mutual satisfaction with medical encounters and the decreased risk of malpractice lawsuits. In Good Medical Practice the UK General Medical Council (GMC) stipulate that it is part of a doctor’s duty ‘to communicate effectively, to listen to patients, take account of their views and respond honestly to their questions’. In their standards for undergraduate medical education, the GMC also expect Tomorrow’s Doctors to be able to communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patients, their relatives or other carers, and colleagues from the medical and other professions, by listening, sharing and responding.