Why am I doing the PG Cert?

I’m Beth,  an Assistant Academic Support Librarian at CSM. Like many librarians, I have not had extensive training in teaching skills, apart from a few workshops and what I have read myself. A major part of my role is supporting the Foundation Art & Design, BA Jewellery and BA and MA Performance: Design and Practice courses. As part of this I do around 50 hours of teaching per year, including information literacy workshops and 1-to-1 library tutorials to support individual research needs. I also deliver open workshops as part of the Academic Support offer, such as on Referencing and Fake News.

Since starting at CSM I have tried to develop inclusive and engaging workshops that will improve students’ research skills and inspire them to make the most of the library resources. I have learnt to include techniques such as interactive exercises, peer learning and group discussions. However, I would like to explore various teaching methods and different ways of learning in more depth in order to improve my skills.

I am hoping that the PGCert will enable me to improve my contribution to students’ learning by underpinning practice with theory. This would give me the knowledge and confidence to develop new ideas. I am interested in studying the Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education elective unit, which would improve my ability to make workshops welcoming and productive for all.