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Effective Short Course Planning and Delivery

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:


  • Start Date(s): Saturday 11 March 2023
  • Duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, two days
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course supports the development of tutors teaching short courses in any discipline.

It’s aimed at anyone who’s new to teaching or those in need of a refresher or looking to boost their confidence.

It will help you gain the teaching and workshop leadership skills needed to deliver effective sessions to your delegates over the duration of the course.

It will help you best use your subject expertise whilst developing your teaching skills so that you can support your delegates in achieving above and beyond what your course description promises.

  • You will leave with the skills required to teach short courses.
  • Attendees will be coming from a variety of disciplines which will add to the diversity of this course.
  • Whilst the course will not deliver subject-specific knowledge, there will be an opportunity to practice your teaching skills and gain feedback from fellow tutors in order to enable you to feel fully prepared.

On this course you will learn how to:

  • organise your course
  • plan engaging lesson content
  • teach your subject effectively
  • manage your time
  • manage the expectations of delegates
  • engage and motivate delegates through classroom and homework activities
  • understand the needs of your delegates and know how best to support them
  • communicate and celebrate your skills and experience
  • inspire your delegates to think big
  • understand and manage classroom behaviours.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

'Meeting other tutors and observing their presentation style was great, and I feel like I have built a useful network of other tutors now. Maria is engaging, approachable and has lots of information to help me, she's a great tutor for the role. Thank you!' AF

'This workshop has been inspiring. Maria is a very motivational speaker and it has been so valuable. Totally enjoyed the interactive parts and engagement with other tutors. I have also learned a lot from other tutors.'

'I feel like the course really helped me, and feel I will be a better and more engaging (fun!) tutor because of it. The activities were engaging, as were the group discussions, utilising and discussing ideas with other tutors and planning/mind-mapping.' HP

‘I loved this course. It was so enjoyable. I have got to so much out of it. It has improved my teaching skills to involve students more to make the sessions more fun and interactive. The quotes discussed have really sunk in, it has given me more direction with my short course planning. Maria is a very warm, creative and brilliant teacher, thank you!’

‘I wanted to get confirmation that what I thought I could do was right and learn more about delivering courses. I've come away with confidence and reassurance, and a greater knowledge of what the university has to offer. Maria has such an upbeat attitude to every assignment we were given which was refreshing and made the sessions more enjoyable. CC

What you’ll study

Exact course content is subject to change due to individual student’s requirements


Short course audience and establishing students’ expectations and aspirations

Skills and attributes for effective course delivery (through exercises, exploration and play)

Presentations in pairs

Exploring and developing course content

Planning/refreshing your short course

Management time and pace of activities

Warm up task

Team building

Engaging and motivating students of all ages

Managing behaviour and inclusive learning

Sharing good practice

Teaching presentations, feedback

Generating ideas for further development

Future short course proposals

How you’re taught

Tutor profile: Maria Woolley has been an educator for 27 years. She has helped to run educational camps in Canada, been course leader on Art Foundation, worked across Graphics and Fine Art at undergraduate level and she has worked for 13 years as a Steiner Waldorf Teacher.

Following her BA in Fashion and Textiles, Maria set up her own creative practice and collaborated with other artists to produce sculptural textile pieces for exhibitions and sets/costumes for performances.

She has recently set up a pottery studio alongside her continued work in education.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £240.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £240.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply

You can book your place via NTU online store:

11 - 18 March 2023

Any questions?

Contact the short course team.


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

You can book your place via NTU online store:

11 - 18 March 2023

Any questions?

Contact the short course team.


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813