wiki home

Teaching for the first time at Leeds can be challenging - the problems encountered resulted in me starting this wiki. The SSO can solve most lecturing and student problems - they have several emails (behold the hyphen/acronym mess!):

You may have tutees. In computing you start with about 7 students in the first year and maybe some MSc students. my page with tutorial details.

The tstaff mailing list is essential - it is used to send around all critical teaching memoranda. You should get put on it automatically (but not everyone does - Gaynor + IT can fix). I had my spam filter start sending it to the trash half way through the year.

Minerva is the name for Leeds' Blackboard teaching software, it used to be called VLE. You have to request access to every module every year (e.g. comp2811) or organisation (e.g. Computing, or SWJTU Staff). The SSO can add you to the Computing courses, otherwise you have to ask whoever's module it is. IT's Minerva documentation. Minerva tips and tricks.

SWJTU. Additional advice for staff teaching at SWJTU (our joint school in Chengdu, China).

Registers should be completed during every lecture, but not labs. Get a PDF here (Attendance Recording -> Attendance Recording Activity List -> Print ). Lecturers are responsible for printing, distributing, collecting and returning registers to the SSO. There is a stapler on desk in the open-area on lvl 7. With a big class you might want 3-5 sets of registers to hand out at the beginning of lecture and collect at the end (less=slower; more=harder to collect + there's a higher chance someone loses one). The students are not meant to sign in for their friends, but they do (try to look stern if this happens).

Timetables for either a module module or yourself.

2021 Taught degree pass criteria per year

Digital tools/Covid-isation

Assessors. Every module has an internal assessor. SIS (use proxy) will tell you who it is. They check coursework and exam, and feedback ranges from spell-check to meaningful comments to nothing at all. They also double-grade 10% of exam papers in green ink.

External examineras. in theory the school has external examinar for every module, who looks over all assessment (cw,+exams+resits). I've never recieved any meaningful or timely feedback from the external (once they confused my undergrad course with an MSc and told me to make it harder. I ignored them, there were no consequences or follow-up).

Some example dates for teaching in your first year (exact dates change every year - most announced via tstaff mailing list):

The course catalog lists what you should teach in your module. This should almost be treated as a contract between students/staff, so keep it conservative/flexible/intentionally vague (e.g. we don't specify specific programming languages; don't offer more assessment than you can mark). It can be updated, but you have to submit updates before about February of the previous year.

Assessment Maps. These seems to be a standardised version of the module catalogue that the university uses for external comparisons. Update in-step with course changes.  Sam's in charge. Sharepoint. The thing to note is that every "Learning outcome" in the catalogue must be assessed, and that we consider how the students get "formative feedback" before the final assessment. This is a reason to keep the outcomes simple.

Third year projects. Run using tstaff mailing list, comp-ug -project, and minerva (2019). Minerva contains past projects (a good exercise is to have students "mark" one a past project) and mark schemes. You will be the supervisor for some students and assessor for others; allocation on SIS (2019). You meet your supervised students every week in term. There is an intermediate report (David's email; due mid December) and final report (David's email; due start May). Proofing (from hearsay): you may give detailed notes on a single chapter once (and the overall structure at any time) but no more. Tell students it will take 2 weeks to provide this feedback (or they all ask at the last minute).

MSc projects. Very similar to third year undergraduate projects, but starting in February and running through the summer. Ammar runs a separate MSc-project mailing list (via minerva?).

Plagiarism should be reported to Ammar using these forms.

SIS is the faculty information system. It only works from a uni machine with a wired connection (or VPN). You can use it to:

PGCAP is the teacher training course most new lecturers have to take. It's a relatively high effort 18 month Masters level course. But...

PRiSE (minerva) A lower effort way to HEA teaching accreditation.