Supporting and Leading Educational Change (Professional Qualification Course Leading to Fellowship of SEDA)

This 14 week online course is designed to accredit and advance your work in supporting and leading educational change in further or higher education. Successful completion leads to
Fellowship of SEDA (FSEDA).

The course will be delivered over two blocks (October 19th to December 11th 2020, and January 11th to February 19th 2021). Participants will be supported by a team of experienced educational developers and by their peers on the course.

The course is suitable for...
... those who are actively involved in educational development and have been for at least 3 years. In this context, educational development involves supporting and developing staff (colleagues, teachers, teaching assistants) to improve professional practice and student learning.

Precise job titles may vary, but may include:
  • School / faculty / department-based learning and teaching coordinator roles who have a responsibility for staff development;
  • Staff leading and delivering postgraduate certificates, CPD Schemes in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education or L7 Apprenticeships (Academic Professional);
  • Staff undertaking peer review and/or mentoring of colleagues; programme and curriculum leadership and staff development;
  • Quality enhancement staff who support and develop colleagues' professional development;
  • Staff leading and delivering postgraduate certificates in learning and teaching in higher education;
  • Staff in central, or faculty based, educational development units.
The Course is not suitable for those who are involved in curriculum development without a significant element of staff development as the course requires demonstration of the SLEC Specialist Outcomes:
  • Identified goals for academic development processes and activities.
  • Planned and led academic development processes towards achievement of these goals.
  • Facilitated and led processes and activities to achieve the agreed goals.
  • Monitored and evaluated the effectiveness and the acceptability of the development processes and activities.
  • Identified any appropriate follow-up development process or activity.

Course format:

The course is entirely online, but with opportunities to network at SEDA conferences.There are a small number of synchronous live webinars. Participants are set readings on a weekly topic and are required to contribute to online asynchronous discussions. Typically, participants spend around six hours a week on course readings, activities and discussions, but this varies from person to person and you may find you spend more time in some weeks than others.

The course covers, theoretical and practical aspects of the educational development role, with an emphasis on enabling participants to develop a portfolio of their work which shows they have met the requirements for SEDA Fellowship, within their own professional context. The portfolio is the main assessment for the course and includes and evaluative and reflective Case Study based on the participant's current role.

This focus on the individual is integrated with the aim of developing an online community of peers. Participants draw on the support of the course tutors, but also each other.

Indicative Course Content:

  • Change in HE - The wider HE Context
  • The context of educational and academic practice and development and exploring future strategies
  • Monitoring and evaluation of your own and others' work
  • Dissemination and influencing across institutional and wider networks
  • Developing professional expertise in staff and educational development
  • The SEDA values - contextualising your professional practice
  • Creating an action plan for your own CPD
Prior to commencing the course, participants will be asked to complete a personal/professional needs analysis.


During the course you will be supported in developing an e-portfolio to demonstrate that you have met the course requirements. The most important element of your portfolio will be Case Studies centred on your professional practice that demonstrate SLEC Specialist Outcomes (above), and critical reflection on the SEDA Values:
  1. Developing understanding of how people learn
  2. Practising in ways that are scholarly, professional and ethical
  3. Working with and developing learning communities
  4. Valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity
  5. Continually reflecting on practice to develop ourselves, others and processes.
If you complete the course successfully, you will be awarded SEDA Fellowship (FSEDA)

The cost is £849 (this covers the Fellowship fee for the remainder of the year in which the course is successfully completed).

To register for this course please complete the online registration form
by 1st October 2020.

The course leader is: Penny Sweasey, PFHEA SFSEDA. Email:

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