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Academic Professional Development

IET delivers educational and professional development activities to enable staff to support the University's e-learning and e-teaching strategy.  This includes providing development activities for staff in a way that is engaging and effective, which has resulted in the highly successful and award winning 'Learn About' Guides, the 'Learn About' Fairs, the development of Cloudworks as an online 'place to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas and experiences' and the mainstreaming of the OU Learning Design Initiative across the University.

IET's role in this area is expanding following the unit’s recent move under the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research, Scholarship and Quality) to encompass a broader field of Academic Development including Postgraduate Researchers.

We offer a qualification for higher education staff who teach or directly support student learning, through our Masters in Online and Distance Education, and we are introducing a new route to Higher Education Academy accreditation for OU staff with the OpenPAD programme.  For more information about IET's teaching and research degrees programmes see the 'Study with us' section.