Academic Enhancement Retreats

Academic Enhancement Retreats provide a dedicated time and supported space for you to fully engage with the process of designing, writing and creating the detailed resources and activities that you will use within your programmes or modules.  

Each retreat is supported by an Educational Developer from the Oxford Centre for Academic Enhancement and Development (OCAED) and will start with a brief activity that enables you to set your own goals, frame the way in which you will use the retreat, and kick-start your creative processes. The rest of the retreat is yours to work in a quiet, shared space. 

There will be opportunities, if you want them, to share your ideas, activities and resources with ‘critical friends’ who will offer you some feedback, or to work through ‘writers block’ in a creative space with an Educational Developer.

By the end of the Academic Enhancement Retreat, you should:

  • be fully immersed in the creative design process
  • have developed a series of resources and activities for use in the teaching, learning and assessment of your modules to take away with you 
  • drawn up and a plan of action that will help you to complete your resources for use in the learning environment.

Dates and themes

Thursday 15 June 2023 09.30 - 16.00Designing, writing and creating the module resources and activities
Thursday 29 June 202309.30 - 16.00Designing and writing new assessment briefs and marking rubrics
Thursday 13 July 202309.30 - 16.00Updating Programme level information and handbooks

Please note: If you are proposing a new programme or revalidating an existing programme, we recommend that you engage with the IDEAS Model. This offers detailed workshops and sprints for your team to guide you through the process of designing and refreshing your programmes. You can find out more on the IDEAS webpages.