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This online MSD Skills Training course is for postgraduate research students and postdoctoral early career researchers in the Division who want to teach on taught Masters programmes in the University and HE more generally.


This course introduces you to learning and teaching in higher education. Please note that this is a requirement for teaching in many departments in MSD.

First, you will work through ‘Core content’ in Canvas using this link, consisting of text, videos and quizzes.

Please see the main PLTO information page for further details.

Once you have completed ‘Core content’, there are some brief preparatory materials for the live session. You are encouraged to engage with these materials to enable discussion and activities in the live session.

Your scheduled four-hour live session will provide the opportunity to learn about the underlying pedagogical principles of the Oxford tutorial system and highlight specific tutorial teaching opportunities in the MSD. Course tutors will ask you to provide feedback via Vevox at the end of the session to evaluate their teaching. This is in addition to the brief MSD Skills feedback questionnaire you need to complete before you can access your certificate.

Please remember that you need to complete ‘Core content’ and attend a live session to receive your PLTO attendance certificate.



  • Apply fundamental principles of learning to taught Masters teaching
  • Design and consider methods for collaborative and self-directed learning in taught Masters teaching
  • Facilitate cohort engagement in a small group
  • Provide high quality feedback to your students
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching
  • Learn how to find teaching opportunities in the University 




You need to self enrol on Canvas using using this link, to access ‘Core content’. Once you have completed ‘Core content’, you can book a place on the live session and read through the preparatory materials. Your live session focuses on interaction and providing tutorials session plan feedback to others, and applying the principles and practicalities covered in the ‘Core content’ to the personalised learning dynamic in tutorials.

Please refer to ‘Process through Parts 1 and 2’ on the main PLTO information page for a step-by-step guide through the proc


We recommend you set aside three hours to complete the ‘Core content’, and make sure that you have a good internet connection and uninterrupted time for the live session. Please be aware that the live session is interactive, so you will need to activate your microphone and you are encouraged to use your camera if possible.


It is now a requirement that you complete the three short questions in the survey you receive after attending the course. Once you have submitted the survey, you will be sent an email with a link to your attendance certificate. This is to ensure we receive the feedback we need to evaluate and improve our courses. Survey results are downloaded and stored anonymously.


Where no cost is given in the shopping trolley, no deposit is required. However, two or more non-attendances or late cancellations without good reason will be logged and may mean you cannot attend any further MSD training that term. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information.