What is... University Learning and Teaching?
This new 30ECTS CPD award is designed for staff involved in teaching in Higher Education to develop the requisite knowledge and skills to be a more effective and competent lecturer and to obtain a nationally recognised teaching qualification (National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, 2016).
The Postgraduate Certificate is a heavily practice based programme that aims to facilitate participants in the development of a capacity for their continuing professional development, critical reflection and a scholarly approach to the implementation and evaluation of teaching practices. Through varied forms of teaching demonstration, reflection in and on action, and engagement with theoretical principles and concepts, participants will explore and critically evaluate practice and convention in learning and teaching, from both a generic and a discipline-specific perspective.
The Programme runs over one semester with an intake in September and February each year. Teaching methods will include a range of learner-centred techniques that encourage participants to develop their professional practice and their skills as a reflective practitioner. The practical focus of the work provides participants with an opportunity to practice or demonstrate a short "slice" of teaching (microteaching) and a "real-time" class (teaching observations) with class colleagues and tutors, and to engage in different peer review and feedback strategies.