Cascading good practice: 'Workshop to go' project, 2007

News summary

The Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies is inviting bids to develop training packs for enhancing staff and students in the relevant subject areas. The successful applicant will be required to produce a training pack and run two regional training sessions for HE staff. Participants at the workshop will then be expected to 'cascade' the training within their institutions.

Call for bids

The Subject Centre is inviting bids to produce and run staff development workshops for teaching and support staff in Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. The successful applicant will be required to produce a training pack and run two regional training sessions for HE staff. The resources for the training events will be made available to staff in other institutions via the Subject Centre website. Workshops can cover any area relevant to the teaching of LLAS disciplines, for example:

Use of new technologies, e.g

  • Setting up and using synchronous and asynchronous discussions
  • Mobile learning
  • Exploiting concordancers and corpora in learning and teaching
  • Integrating technology into the year abroad

Pedagogic support for teachers, e.g.

  • Training for new teachers
  • Assessment techniques
  • Help in the development of resources
  • Exploration of a particular teaching methodology

Pedagogic support for learners, e.g.

  • Teaching research skills for the web
  • Independent learning/learning strategies and skills
  • Preparing for residence abroad

Please note that additional topics to those listed above are welcome.

It is envisaged that each pack will cover:

  1. Explanation: an overview of the tool, skill or issue to be developed
  2. Examples: sample materials which illustrate the practical exploitation of a tool, the development of a skill or the response to an issue
  3. Exercises: hands-on activities for materials development, skills training or discussion

The materials should be exploitable both independently and with a staff trainer/facilitator and must be deliverable in electronic format. (NB electronic delivery should incorporate the facility to download a hard copy of some of the materials to allow flexibility of delivery). If you are using a VLE to run the workshop the materials must also be available for dissemination in an alternative electronic format.

Submitting a proposal

Download: proposal form (rtf, 35Kb)

Each workshop carries a budget of £1,000 that will cover the development of the pack and its presentation at two regional 'cascading' workshops. This will include any travel and catering costs for the workshops. All workshops to go will also be freely disseminated by the Subject Centre through our online Materials Bank.

Proposals should be sent to by 30th November 2006.

The timetable for the projects will be:

  • December 2006: Successful bids notified
  • January - April 2007: Development of workshops
  • May - October 2007: Delivery of workshops
  • November - December 2007: Final version of workshop materials written and delivered to the Subject Centre

Previous Workshops to Go included: