Teaching Fellow
Aston University
Birmingham, United Kingdom
5d ago

Reference : R190280

Applications are invited to join the team delivering Aston University’s Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) apprenticeship.

This undergraduate programme is part of a government-supported scheme to close the skills gap in the IT sector, by providing apprentices (young employees without a university qualification or more senior ones looking to upskill / reskill) a route to a BSc degree, while in work.

Aston University has been delivering the DTS apprenticeship since the beginning of the scheme, in 2015, to great success, due in equal parts to its excellent teaching and its established industrial collaborations portfolio.

This allowed the programme to attract apprentices from a variety of large companies (such as Capgemini and Virgin Media) as well as local SMEs, a trend that has grown consistently, over the past years.

To support the recent growth of the programme, we are looking for an enthusiastic teacher, well versed in designing and delivering computing modules which meet the study requirements of specific learner audiences.

The successful candidate will co-lead (alongside two other Teaching Fellows) the Foundations of Technology Solutions module, an eight week long computing boot-

camp delivered four times over the academic year. The boot-camp is the first module delivered on the degree, therefore you will work closely with industry (employers of students on the programme), to understand company needs and maintain the business relevance of the taught material.

Providing prompt and frequent feedback, both oral and written, to students is essential, given the applied, highly practical nature of the module, where the successful completion of one task is conditioned by the previous one.

Beyond the computing boot-camp, the role also implies coordinating teaching assistants delivering modules in later stages of the programme (i.

e., allocating PhD TAs to modules, monitoring timeliness of feedback, inducting new TAs to the responsibilities of teaching on an apprenticeship).

The ability to explain complex computing concepts in a clear, concise and engaging way to a variety of students with different abilities is essential.

The aim of the boot-camp is to get students with suitable analytical skills, yet mostly new to computing, ready to engage with their employers’ clients in a professional, value-

adding way. You will aid the team to continue achieving this aim, while accommodating any new business needs that may arise in the meantime.

Excellent communication skills are crucial, to aid communication with industry, collaboration with colleagues and coordination of TAs delivering modules in later stages of the programme.

A disciplined approach to providing thorough, timely feedback is vital, both in cases where this is expected (during office hours, when discussing homework, after assessment results have been released, etc.

as well as cases when apprentices ask for feedback unexpectedly (e.g., via email). The ideal candidate would also be familiar with online teaching platforms (Blackboard Collaborate or similar) and competent in at least one mainstream programming language (preferably several, as the boot-

camp covers Java, Python, Ruby, Oracle SQL and PL / SQL).

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