Move into academic management with the IH DOS Course

If you are looking to move into academic management or have already assumed this role and would like more support, the 100% online IH Director of Studies Course is for you. 

During this 12-week course you will learn more about what is required from an academic manager and the tasks and responsibilities involved so that you feel confident in this position. This includes how to improve your communication skills, recruitment, conducting observations and appraisals, and how to develop teacher development programme.

David Thornton, a University Teacher, Trainer, Tutor and Examiner, took the IH Director of Studies Course when he was looking for further professional development. He found the course flexible yet structured, and it inspired many ideas. Read more about his experience below!

Why did you decide to take the IH Director of Studies Course with International House’s OTTI?

I wanted to undertake further CDP with an internationally recognised and reputable training provider. This was the best solution due to the expertise and experience of the training provider, course tutors and participants. As I was increasingly undertaking academic management responsibilities in various contexts and roles, such as recruitment and training, course and curriculum planning, etc. I needed a structured, focused and flexible CPD course/certification to help consolidate my experience to date.

How did you find the IH Director of Studies Course content? 

The content was very useful and covered a broad range of relevant topics. Reflective and practical tasks and assignments could be applied to course participants’ individual educational contexts – university in my case. I learnt I had a lot more ideas and experience to actively and effectively participate in the course than I had originally thought. That it was very useful through the sharing of ideas and experience with like-minded colleagues, no matter their age, experience, educational context, or stage of career in academic management.

What is the most valuable aspect of the IH Director of Studies Course?

  • The focused and valuable ideas, feedback and interaction with tutors and participants.
  • The weekly individual and collaborative tasks and assignments.
  • The range of theoretical and practical tasks and assignments and reflective and practical contextualisation and application.

Would you recommend taking the IH Director of Studies Course? 

Absolutely. The course offers a flexible and staged structure with manageable weekly tasks and assignments together with relevant, interesting and a variety of type of content, ranging from articles to read, audio or video content, and individual research too.

How did you find the process of learning and being taught online?

The IH OTTI platform offers both flexible and engaging synchronous and asynchronous learning, activities, tasks and interaction at very manageable stages.

Would you recommend the OTTI to a friend or colleague?

Yes, I would and have done so as well as reposting and commenting on IHWO posts on LinkedIn and Facebook. Not only for participants with little experience in academic management but also more experienced managers too to share with each other new ideas and developments.

The next IH Director of Studies Course starts on October 17th, 2020.​