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Developing Learning and Teaching is the second level of training in teaching skills at Oxford


If you are a postdoctoral researcher or DPhil student teaching in MPLS, this course offers an opportunity for you to find ways to make your teaching more effective, learn how to take a more evidence-based approach to your teaching and your students' learning, and gain a portable qualification that will enhance your employability in academia. 

The Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programme for MPLS is led by the Centre for Teaching and Learning and comprises three interactive workshops. As part of the programme, participants will be required to engage in additional, related activities; for example, reading some educational literature, teaching evaluation and session design.The DLT Programme is assessed via a written reflective teaching portfolio (2,500-5,000 words); support for writing the portfolio is provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

The DLT Programme is accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and successful completion and portfolio assessment leads to a SEDA PDF Supporting Learning Award. This is an award recognised throughout the UK, mapped at Descriptor 1 to the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.

For more information about the DLT qualification please see the Core DLT Handbook 2019-20.

The MPLS Division and its departments, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning, provide a range of training in teaching skills. For information about other such training opportunities, please see the Training in Teaching page.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Consider how teaching affects students’ learning
  • Choose inclusive teaching strategies to design lectures, classes, tutorials or lab practicals
  • Describe your teaching philosophy
  • Evaluate your teaching using feedback or observation
  • Use educational literature to discuss your teaching practices.
  • Write a teaching portfolio demonstrating that these objectives have been achieved


DPhil students and Research Staff engaged in teaching who would like to learn more about  learning and teaching in the sciences. 

To participate in the programme you need to:

  • Have completed a PLTO course or equivalent
  • Be teaching in 2 categories in Checklist A or 1 Category in Checklist B in the interval after you begin the DLT programme and before you submit your portfolio (up to 3 terms after you start DLT)
  • Be teaching registered Oxford University students

Please read the DLT Teaching Requirements and/or the DLT Core Handbook for more information.




Dr Delia O'Rourke, the Centre for Teaching and Learning


Information about the next scheduled course, and how to apply for a place, are in our course programme. This course usually takes place in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms. If it isn't currently appearing in the course programme, please keep checking back. 


A1, B3, D3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. 

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)