Training and development opportunities
Develop your teaching
The King's Learning Institute (KLI) offers a number of routes for teachers at all levels wishing to enhance their practice, from short courses to the Masters in Academic Practice. Over 700 staff have now participated in KLI programmes and many are engaged in research related to their work as a result.
The KLI webpages provide comprehensive information on available programmes. The following programmes and CPD courses may be of particular interest to staff involved with teaching MBBS students:
Short courses for clinical staff:
This two-day course covers the essentials of theoretical understanding and practical skills required for all those supporting the learning of students on the MBBS programme.
This workshop is aimed at those teaching in the Health Schools or in clinical settings within King’s Health Partners. The workshop is followed by an optional ‘Microteaching’ session where your teaching can be observed by your peers and a KLI academic and gain feedback.
To gain the STP, participants need to attend Preparing to Teach (in Clinical Settings), Peer Support of Teaching (in Clinical Settings) and the associated microteaching session, undertake two peer support/observations (one as observer and one being observed) and undertake one observation of teaching practice by either a KLI academic, an Education Supervisor, or a colleague with a full teaching qualification. This is signed off in your School or clinical setting and awarded by KLI in the form of an STP certificate with 25 CPD hours/points.
Academic programmes for clinical staff:
The MA in Clinical Education is designed for healthcare professionals, to inform and develop their pedagogic practice. It is particularly valuable for both clinical and non-clinical practitioners who teach in a clinical environment. It is available with exit points at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters levels.
Programmes for academic staff:
The College requires that all probationary academic staff undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education . The programme emphasises the integrated learning of conceptual knowledge, practical competence and personal development. Participants are encouraged to link theory with practice and to reflect upon their own experiences and learning.
Successful completion may lead to the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice, which and consolidates and develops this learning, while stage three offers the opportunity to complete a dissertation and turn the award into a Masters in Academic Practice.
Short course for PhD students and staff with limited teaching commitment:
Further reading and links
The King’s Learning and Teaching pages also provide reading lists and weblinks to e-learning resources on topics such as assessment, small and large group teaching, and using Technology Enhanced Learning.
Visit the Learning and Teaching pages.
Advice on Disability
The Division of Medical Education’s Education Advisor/Disability Mentor (Michelle Robinson) provides support to teaching staff and offers sessions on Specific Learning Difficulty, or disability-specific sessions on request.
Access to online resources
A King’s email account provides access to a host of online resources including 24-hour access to major biomedical and health databases, over 7,000 e-journals and the Virtual Campus. All staff involved in teaching or administrating programmes for KCL students are entitled to an affiliate email account by filling in the personal email account application - RF2 form.
Click here to view details on how to apply and download an application form.