We work in partnership with Goldsmiths' staff, lending our support and expertise to the shared goal of excellence in teaching and learning.
Learning and teaching support centres, such as TaLIC, constitute a strange hybrid between an academic department and a support service.
We do provide a more standard service in the sense of helping to solve technical issues related to Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). However, we pass on the more complicated infrastructure development and support to IT&IS. For the most part, we provide a service in somewhat the same sense as lecturers do to students.
Lecturers do not teach for their own benefit, so they do offer a kind of service. However, they do not just passively deliver knowledge to students. Lecturers and students form a partnership in which both must play an active role to be successful.
Although the relationship between TaLIC and our non-TaLIC colleagues is more equal, it must also constitute one of partnership to be effective. Hence, TaLIC’s mission is to work in partnership with Goldsmiths' staff, lending our support and expertise to the shared goal of excellence in teaching and learning.
TaLIC’s Core Activities
An important part of TaLIC’s role is to act as a conduit helping to bring together people from across the College to share insights and best practice in teaching and learning. We have four main areas of core activity:
1. Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy
We support the implementation of Goldsmiths Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy 2017-2021 by contributing to the development and implementation of college-wide policies and projects.
For example, we have co-hosted interdepartmental workshops on The Student Voice and Sharing Good Practice in Assessment and Feedback. We also took the lead in consulting on and drafting a revised Goldsmiths Assessment Feedback Policy 2018.
2. Continued Professional Development
We provide Continued Professional Development (CPD) in teaching.
For example, we run a 60-credit, M-level PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, a 30-credit M-Level Academic Practice Award (in collaboration with the Graduate School), a series of Graduate Tutor Training Days, and an Experiential Route to Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships.
We also co-host with Media, Communications and Cultural Studies the Annual John Beacham Teaching Conference and organise one-off talks, workshops, focus groups and small group discussions such as the weekly (during term time) Lunchtime Conversations.
Finally, through the TaLIC Teaching Grants scheme we offer up to £2,500 for small scale and £5,000 for larger scale teaching and learning projects.
3. Technology Enhanced Learning
We provide support and guidance to staff in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), particularly with respect to Goldsmiths’ Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), learn.gold.
For example, we run and coordinate essential maintenance and upgrades, offer help guides, workshops and drop-in sessions.
We also work in partnership with staff on projects to develop new digital functions such as online feedback pro forma (Sociology and Politics), online anonymous peer assessment forms (Psychology) and an online module evaluation form (STaCS).
4. Distance Learning
We support and promote the provision of blended and distance learning at Goldsmiths.
For example, we support the development of FutureLearn MOOCs such as the Music Department’s Learn Jazz Piano I, II and III. We also support larger scale programmes such as the Computing Department’s BSc Computer Science and MA Data Science both launching in 2019 in partnership with University of London Worldwide and Coursera.
If you are interested to know any more about our activities or you have any other general enquiries, please contact talic (@gold.ac.uk).
Please contact tel@ (gold.ac.uk) for technical enquiries or help.