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Lynne Francis

Educational Development Officer 
Tel: 01784 414639
International Building, Room 040
lynne.francis@rhul.ac.uk

 

Teaching without learning is just talking (Angelo & Cross, 1993:3)

In my role as Educational Development Officer here at RHUL, I am involved with both the CAPITAL (Programme Leader) and inSTIL programmes which focus on the professional development of newly appointed staff who teach and support student learning. These programmes lead respectively to Fellowship and Associate status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and participation in programmes such as this are an excellent way to reflect upon and explore pedagogic and academic practice. As a Senior HEA fellow myself, having followed a programme route to recognition, I can personally recommend the inSTIL and CAPITAL experiences as a valuable way of gaining recognition; a qualification; greater insight into one's own practice, and teaching more generally; and an in-depth understanding of key issues and themes within higher education today which affect all of us who work within this sector. And in addition, you get to meet colleagues from across the College and these early networking contacts can prove to be invaluable over time.

My other professional duties include managing the Teaching & Learning Interest Group (TaLIG), working with individual academic members of staff on developing aspects of their practice, reponding to departmental requests for input into various teaching-related projects, observing teaching, and representing Educational Development on various learning and teaching related incentives and committees. As a relatively new member of the College starting in October 2010 after a two month intensive spell at Imperial College London on the chalk face teaching English for Academic Purposes (pic below, 2nd row, almost far right if you can spot me?), I am keen to continue to meet and support other members of staff who are interested in teaching, learning, and assessment within higher education.