Supporting and Leading Educational Change (Professional Qualification Course)

This 12 week online course is designed to accredit and advance your work in supporting and leading educational change in further or higher education. Successful completion leads to
Fellowship of SEDA (FSEDA). 

The course will be delivered over two 6 week blocks (October 23rd to December 1st 2017, and January 8th to February 16th 2018). Participants will be supported by an experienced educational developer and peers. During the course you will be supported in developing an e-portfolio to demonstrate that you have met the course requirements. The portfolio may be used subsequently for PDP purposes.

The course is suitable for... 
 ... those who are actively involved in educational development and have been for at least 3 years. In this context educational development involves supporting others (colleagues, teachers, teaching assistants) in improving student learning. Precise job titles may vary, but may include:

  • School / faculty / department-based learning and teaching coordinators (with many different role titles)       
  • Staff from a range of developmental projects and initiatives of various scales, both internally and externally funded. Such projects and initiatives include HEFCE-funded initiatives including CETLs, Higher Education Academy Subject Centres and projects, learning and teaching strategies and widening participation and curriculum development initiatives      
  • Staff undertaking peer review; mentoring; provision of learning resources and support, including e-learning; programme and curriculum leadership and development·        
  • Quality enhancement staff     
  • Staff leading and delivering postgraduate certificates in learning and teaching in higher education       
  • Staff of central educational development units.

Course format:

The course is entirely online. Participants are set readings on a weekly topic and are required to contribute to online asynchronous discussions. Typically participants spend around six hours a week on course readings, activities and discussions, but this varies from person to person and you may find you spend more time in some weeks than others.

While the course covers a certain amount of theory, the emphasis is on enabling participants to develop a portfolio of their work which shows they have met the requirements for SEDA Fellowship.

This focus on the individual is offset by the aim of developing an online community of peers. Participants draw on the support of the course tutors, but also each other.

Once the course has been completed successfully, participants are subsequently awarded SEDA Fellowship (FSEDA).

Course Content:

  • Change in HE
  • Use of Needs Analysis
  • The context of educational practice
  • Developing your case study
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Dissemination
  • The role of consultancy in educational change
  • Developing professional expertise in staff and educational development
  • A consideration of the SEDA values
  • Creating an action plan for your own CPD

The course leader is: Dr Celia Popovic, SFSEDA, Deputy Editor IETI (Innovations in Education and Teaching International). Email:

The cost is £795 (this covers the Fellowship fee for the remainder of the year in which the course is successfully completed).

To register for this course please return the
registration form   to the SEDA Office by 9th October 2017.

We expect the next course to begin in 2018. It will be delivered over two six week blocks between October 22nd to November 30th 2018 and January 7th to February 15th 2019. Registration will open in summer 2018.
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