What is the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILT)?

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The Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILT) is a central unit with membership across all schools and services, created to support, promote and research effective and innovative learning and teaching practices.

Our mission:

To enable transformational learning experiences through inspirational teaching. This is achieved by developing capability in learning design, innovation and excellent teaching practice, underpinned by the latest pedagogic research.

Our vision:

  • Our learners are competent, resourceful and ethical problem solvers, capable of imagining and deploying creative approaches to address tomorrow’s challenges.
  • Our graduates are knowledgeable, socially responsible, digitally proficient and highly employable global citizens – the Changemakers of the future.
  • Our colleagues are outstanding at research-informed teaching and supporting learning, ensuring flexibility and pedagogic innovation for maximum benefit to staff and students.
  • Our researchers generate evidence on excellent teaching for optimal student learning and attract funding for research and enterprise activities.
  • We support our Education with Others (EWO) partners to deliver equivalent student experiences to those of our students at Northampton.
  • Employers and other key external stakeholders actively engage with every stage of our academic process: from programme design to implementation, evaluation, work-based learning opportunities and course redesign.
  • Our quality assurance and enhancement systems provide robust, evidence-based benchmarks to ensure positive and rewarding experiences for staff and students.

Areas of focus

Student Experience:

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.

Intellectual Capital:

Find out more about ILT and what we do on the ILT website, or contact one of our members of staff.


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