At DkIT, the development of excellence in learning and teaching is led by our Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and our Student Learning and Development Centre. An essential element in enhancing learning and teaching has been the offering of a professional development pathway through our Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching. Since 2010, over 75 staff members have participated in this programme, with a further 20 commencing in February 2015, thus contributing to the development of a community and culture of good practice, which, in turn, enhances our students’ experiences. The programme, in which reflective practice grounded in scholarship is a key component, consists of five one-semester modules. In the final module, participants produce a piece of research in the form of a journal paper. This has significantly increased the level of research activity and engagement with scholarship in the area of learning and teaching within the Institute. Also, for the first time a group of colleagues from second level and further education in the North East will undertake the first two modules of the programme which comprise the Certificate in Learning and Teaching, with the possibility of progressing to the Masters.

CELT also organises regular learning and teaching master classes and workshops for academic staff. Recent events have included topics such as the Ethics of SOTL, writing assessment criteria, writing for publication as well as a suite of workshops in the area of technology-enhanced learning. The Centre offers training to programme teams and supports colleagues in attending external CPD events. Colleagues are also supported in applying for and organising seminars in conjunction with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.