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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Are you looking for a career in academia? Do you want experience and training in course design, delivery and assessment? Do you have at least 6 months left on your research contract? If the answer’s yes then ECR Teach is the course for you. Designed specifically for Postdoctoral Early Career Researchers ECR-Teach will train participants in the key skills sought after by Higher Education Institutes in course design, teaching, assessment and evaluation. It will provide the opportunity to develop, and potentially deliver, a short course suitable for adult learners.

ECR Teach will be taught at postgraduate FHEQ Level 7 by the University’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). The course will combine intensive day-schools, short workshops, online learning resources, Tutor-facilitated discussions and peer-supported learning. Participants will be taught the core principles of course design – Audience, Content, Delivery, Technology, and Evaluation & Assessment. Working in cross-discipline teams these skills will be used to design short courses on a topic of your choice targeted at adult learners. Teams will pitch their course proposals to ICE who, for courses of an appropriate standard and rigour, will offer the opportunity for teams to deliver their courses to an adult audience.



ECR Teach is a non-credit bearing course offered at FHEQ level 7. There are no summative assignments for the programme, because it does not carry credit. However, you will be expected to complete all learning activities provided through the VLE. In addition, there are two major formative assignments for the course.

Firstly, working individually you will produce a written report explaining and justifying the academic decisions and judgements which informed your course design.

Secondly, working in your course development team you and other team members will produce a short course proposal which constitutes the syllabus for your proposed course. Teams are also expected to present an overview of the course they have designed at the second day school.

Successful completion of both formative assignments is required to earn the ICE Certificate of Attendance for the ECR Teach course.


Course dates

13 Jan 2020 to 15 May 2020

Course duration

5 months. 2 Day schools, 5 evening classes

Apply by

06 Jan 2020

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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Meetings: 7

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