The Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILT) is a central unit at the University of Northampton with membership across all schools and services, created to support, promote and research effective and innovative learning and teaching practices. ILT’s staff are:
- Ms Shirley Bennett, Head of Academic Practice
- Dr Rachel Maxwell, Head of Learning and Teaching Development: Policy and Practice
- Dr Ming Nie, Lecturer in Learning & Teaching in HE
- Ms Marie Graham, Learning Support Administrator, Student and Academic Services
The underpinning ethos is one of providing a central point of support and reference for all staff and services across the University, working closely with academics in all four faculties and with colleagues in our Professional Services departments. Key partners include Library and Learning Services, specifically the Learning Technology and the Learning Design teams.
Areas of focus
The University’s Learning and Teaching Plan provides a structured approach to address the following aspects:
- Programme design and redesign: The primary mechanism for course redesign at Northampton is through our CAIeRO workshops. Find out more about this transformational process that develops institutional capability in learning design
- Active Blended Learning (ABL): To help you redesign modules and programmes and reconceptualise learning and teaching practices in order to deliver an effective, student-centred experience through active blended learning (ABL). ABL is our new normal.
- Enhancing Student Success: Enhancing Student Success (ESS) is a four year, institution-wide plan seeking to enhance the undergraduate student experience
- Placements and work-based learning: Work-based Learning (WBL) gives students the opportunity to experience the world of work, completing assessments that reflect on this experience as part of their award.
- Graduate employability: We are committed to developing knowledgeable graduates, who are socially responsible, digitally proficient and highly employable global citizens – the Changemakers of the future.
- Academic integrity: Centrally, the Institute of Learning and Teaching supports capacity development among academic staff for addressing academic integrity within their teaching practice, helping our students to develop good academic practices.
- Staff development (including UKPSF and HEA Fellowship): C@N-DO, our flexible professional development scheme, enables positive change across all aspects of teaching and learner support at the University of Northampton. C@N-DO has been designed for all members of staff who are involved in teaching or who play a role in supporting learning and teaching. These include:
For additional information, see our L&T plan.