Teacher Training for Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

16 July 2021

Teacher Training sessions for Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine took place at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China from July 12th to 16th 2021.

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This training was based on the construction of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s majors, Clinical Pharmacy (Sino-foreign Cooperative Programme). UNNC customised and held training for those teachers using English as their teaching language, which included 30-hours of on-campus training and a 16-week online training programme. A total of 15 teachers joined the training, from the School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the School of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, the Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the School of Health Science and Engineering.

Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (PDQs) were developed by Cambridge Assessment International Education and were demonstrated at the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL-IOE), which has ranked first in the field of university education in the world for four consecutive years and supported on-the-job training projects. The course consists of three learning modules and one assessment module, including guided learning, independent learning, collaborative learning, and practical teaching. The training was delivered in small classes, providing trainees with personalized writing guidance and targeted feedback as well as oral simulation and experience. The teachers from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine enjoyed a rich and colorful British university campus life, were exposed to modern teaching methods, and experienced a rewarding training journey!

On the first day of the training, with the guidance of teaching assistants, teachers had a campus tour of UNNC and got to know the teaching environment and learning resources. In the following days of training, tutors in UNNC adopted a guided teaching method and delivered courses with earnest and passion, helping teachers to understand and conduct teaching in an English environment. Teachers discussed their questions in groups , shared their thoughts about teaching and expanded new ideas and methods of teaching. They experienced our immersive and all-round English teaching environment. On 16th July, teachers conducted presentations on the learning outcomes of the training and received comments from tutors.

The PDQ Teaching and learning course aims to: improve the quality of teachers' teaching; enable teachers to treat new teaching concepts and methods through critical thinking to enrich their reflective practice; and focus on cultivating knowledge, skills and understanding in key areas of teaching and training. It is suitable for teachers who are committed to achieving the following goals: exploring and applying new educational concepts in their own environment; combining new educational methods with their own practice; and proving their professional development capabilities as reflective practitioners.

All 15 students who participated in the PDQ program successfully obtained the offline course training certificate. Under the guidance of the instructor, they will start their own homework preparations, continue to complete the 16-week online learning, and will participate in the Cambridge International Teacher Professional Development Qualification Test. It is hoped they will continue to accept the spirit of real learning and research, successfully complete all the training work, and reflect the training gains in their daily teaching.