Engaging new STEM associate lecturers with induction activities

Wallace, Janette and Gauci, Hannah (2021). Engaging new STEM associate lecturers with induction activities. In: The 2nd Annual STEM Teaching Conference booklet p. 32.

URL: http://stem.open.ac.uk/stem-teaching-2021

Abstract

New Associate Lecturers (ALs) come to the OU with varied previous experience of online tuition. ALs have a short period after appointment to gain competence and confidence in core tutoring skills and OU practices and processes. Alongside generic OU-wide training and support from their line manager and mentor, new STEM ALs are invited to attend a faculty-based programme of workshops and are directed to a supporting website containing information about training and a discussion forum. We present an evaluation of engagement by ALs with these induction activities, discuss barriers and pose solutions for improving engagement and support.

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