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Thoughts from recent participants

 

Dr Matt Mason, University Physiologist (left):

"In my field, many people are sceptical about 'educationalism' and I was too, but a colleague said: 'How do you know it's not useful if you haven't looked into it?' I realised she was absolutely right. I gained much more from the certificate course than I ever thought I would. I'm confident that it will help my career in the future too. The course gives you the time and the motivation to think about your own teaching, which is really helpful, and I found the philosophy and psychology so interesting that I'm now finding and reading research in these fields off my own bat. The course structure is designed to work with a Cambridge academic's schedule: the modules are online so you can work through them in your own time, and all the teaching sessions and coursework deadlines are in the vacations."

 

Prof. Raphael Lyne, Professor in Renaissance Literature (right):

"I would see other people citing research into HE good practice and think 'is it applicable here?' I wanted to find out for myself. The course is cleverly shaped to the Cambridge context: very conscious of local specificity but still open to the way we could learn from other influences. Supervising and lecturing had become comfortable and routine for me but the course made me reflect on what I was doing and gave me lots of good reasons to try out new things that I was curious about. I was part of a group with people from different disciplines and at different stages of their careers and we were encouraged to share our experiences and learn from each other. That was really valuable because discussions about teaching with people in other disciplines don't happen as often as I'd like."

 

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