Upcoming opportunities and support from Elevate

Elevate provides ongoing support for academic staff wishing to develop their practice, knowledge and capability around learning and teaching. Detailed below are the upcoming events and opportunities open to all staff who teach. There are also comprehensive online resources and guidance available on the Elevate web pages.


Upcoming webinars

Elevate is pleased to announce a number of webinars in late August and September, designed to provide support in preparing for blended and digital teaching in the next semester. Topics include:

  • Blackboard first steps
  • Blackboard tests for formative assessment
  • Creating video content for learning and teaching
  • Engaging students and promoting interaction in an online environment
  • Inductions and transitions
  • Introduction to digital accessibility and digital learning resources
  • Managing group projects
  • Sharing good practice: using flipped learning effectively, in conjunction with the ELTC
  • Sharing good practice in the move to digital teaching, with presentations from academic colleagues
  • Teaching international students
  • Using Blackboard for online course delivery
  • Virtual classrooms with Blackboard Collaborate

All webinars, workshops and events can be booked via the Elevate sections of LMS

Bespoke support for staff

One-to-one appointments are still available to individual members of staff who wish to discuss any aspect of learning and teaching, from digital learning tools to curriculum planning.

Book a 30-minute online slot

Bespoke support is also available for programme and departmental teams. Email elevate@sheffield.ac.uk

Learning and teaching scholarship exchange, 29 September 2-4pm

This is the first in a series of learning and teaching scholarship exchange sessions for 2020-21 run in conjunction with the School of Education and the Learning and Teaching Scholarship Network. These are opportunities for colleagues to share their work in scholarship of teaching and learning, discuss research into their own practices, and create a little space to consider not just what someone is doing, but why they’re doing it and whether there are alternatives.

If you would like to present your work, please complete this google form.

Further opportunities

Mentoring for learning and teaching programme

The Mentoring for Learning and Teaching Programme relaunches for 2020-21. The programme is centred around positive conversations with a neutral person (outside your department), that helps mentees to create a clear development plan, understand how to achieve what's expected of them in their role, and navigate their way through learning and teaching issues.

Peer-to-peer teaching observation scheme

This scheme is designed to offer peer support in the professional development of teaching practice across departments through engaging with reciprocal teaching observations.

Student Observation of Teaching (SOOT)

Student Observation of Teaching is an opportunity for students to collaborate with academics to develop their teaching. The student observer acts as a critical friend to the academic, offering feedback on their practice, and a fresh perspective on how they work with students.

More information on mentoring, peer-to-peer and SOOT