The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning is a jointly offered professional staff development programme, at Master (in Dutch Post-HBO) level, for teachers in higher education.
The PG Cert is currently offered jointly by WUAS and the University of Brighton to WUAS teaching staff, however after validation will be offered from 2018 to external teaching staff within Higher Education, from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and other European countries, although it is also open to applicants from around the world, if this is practical.
Brighton's PG Cert course 'provides a supportive space in which to evaluate and develop your teaching practice, covering areas such as: student learning, assessment and feedback practices, evaluation of teaching, and designing teaching sessions and curricula. During the course, you will have the opportunity to engage in a sustained evaluation/exploration of a chosen aspect of your teaching practice; to evaluate and develop assessment and feedback practices; and to learn from and support colleagues across the institution and our partner colleges via the sharing of practice and peer review. Cross disciplinary action learning sets provide a forum for you to discuss issues from your practice on an individual basis.'
"This course has been thoroughly rewarding and played a key role in my personal and professional development this year"
Module 1: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (20 UK Credits, 7 EC Credits, 200 Study Hours)
This module provides you with opportunities to:
- systematically plan, implement and evaluate a sequence of teaching sessions (or equivalent sets of coherent learning activities) appropriate to a specific groups of students and purposes;
- engage in the peer review of teaching;
Aims: the aims for this module are set into the context of the QAA (equivalent to the Dutch NVAO) Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and they relate to the SEEC level descriptors for level 7 study (Master).
This module provides you with opportunities to:
- Develop your understanding of the ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ of teaching and learning in HE;
- Systematically plan, implement and evaluate a sequence of teaching sessions (or equivalent sets of coherent learning activities) appropriate to a specific group of students and purposes;
- Participate in the peer-review of teaching;
- Evaluate your teaching;
- Evaluate and plan for your development as a teacher;
Learning Outcomes: in relation to the QAA (equivalent to the Dutch NVAO) Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and the SEEC level descriptors for level 7 (Master) study, by the end of the module you should be able to:
- Systematically plan, prepare and implement a sequence of teaching sessions (or equivalent sets of coherent learning activities) appropriate for a specific group of students and purposes;
- Explain and justify the decisions involved in the planning and preparation;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the sessions;
- Relate your experience to relevant concepts, theories, principles and concerns in the pedagogic literature;
- Engage effectively in the peer review of teaching;
- Consider the implications of your experience for your professional development;
Content: the module will include a consideration of:
- The general characteristics of effective teaching and learning environments, and activities in HE;
- Teaching strategies for different contexts and purposes;
- Assessment principles and practices, especially the relationship between aims;
- Learning outcomes, teaching strategies, assessment and feedback to students;
- Evaluation of teaching through critical review and feedback from others;
- Relations between individual practice and departmental, institutional and national;
- Frameworks; for example, statutory or professional body requirements; QAA frameworks and the implications of legislation concerning students with learning difficulties or disabilities;
Module 2: Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education (20 UK Credits, 7 EC Credits, 200 Study Hours)
This module focuses on the formative and summative assessment of learning and giving effective feedback to students in higher education. The module considers evidence-based ways to improve assessment and feedback practices.
Ams: this module aims to assist students in:
- Developing an understanding of the theory and practice of assessment and feedback in HE;
- Evaluating technologies for assessment and feedback;
- Giving high quality feedback/feedforward to students and helping them make the most of the feedback;
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate their practice of assessment and feedback in the context of relevant concepts, theories, principles and concerns in the pedagogic literature, and design improvements;
- Justify and evaluate feedback practices;
- Evaluate the decisions involved in designing an assessment regime with reference to best practice in the sector and university/professional requirements;
- Issues and developments in assessment and feedback;
- Current research in assessment and feedback;
- E-assessment and e-feedback;
- Inclusive assessment design;
- Developing high quality feedback/feedforward;
Module 3: Educational Enquiry (20 UK Credits, 7 EC Credits, 200 Study Hours)
This module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a small scale, systematic enquiry that will inform the enhancement of teaching in their discipline.
Aims: this module aims to enable students to:
- Conduct a small scale educational enquiry to enhance an aspect of their teaching practice;
- Execute the study in a systematic and research-informed manner;
- Report outcomes and recommendations of the enquiry to academic colleagues;
Learning Outcomes: on successful completion of the module students will be able to:
- Design a small scale educational enquiry within a specific discipline context;
- Identify, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant literature to contextualise the enquiry;
- Plan, undertake and critically evaluate a project ethically and effectively;
- Effectively communicate the outcomes and implications of the enquiry;
Content: module content includes:
- How knowledge is created in the disciplines;
- Undertaking educational enquiry;
- Developing and communicating research ideas;
- Methods for data collection and analysis;
- The wider context: locating your enquiry within institutional, (inter)national and theoretical and legal frameworks;
- Presentation of project outcomes;
NB: The scope of the enquiry will vary according to students’ own responsibilities and interests. However, they are expected to be able complete the enquiry within the timescale of the module.
You should have sufficient current engagement in assessment and feedback at HE level to enable you to meet the learning outcomes.
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