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Education - Teaching & Learning in Higher Education - for third level teachers

Course Outline
The Aim of this programme is to provide the staff of universities and other third level institutions with the opportunity to develop a research approach to their teaching and student learning and to provide them with the pedagogical tools that will enable them to document and harness student learning. The programme is grounded in the research principles of a scholarship of teaching and learning approach.

The Aims and Objectives of the programme are summarised as follows:
1.Knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning theories in the context of higher education
2.Understanding and appreciation of the needs of diverse learners and skills to respond to these needs
3.Understanding of the role of an academic as university teacher
4.Knowledge, understanding and skills of course planning, course design and course evaluation
5.Knowledge and understanding of various teaching strategies appropriate to different disciplines and subject areas
6.Knowledge and understanding of teaching as a form of scholarship within the university
7.Knowledge and understanding of the various forms of documentation of the scholarship of teaching
8.Knowledge and understanding of technology-enhanced learning and the development of an online community of practice
9.Knowledge and understanding of various modes and techniques of student assessment

The Programme Learning Outcomes best describe what a student should be able to do at the end of the course:

Recognise teaching as a valid form of research and scholarship;

Participate in discussions on teaching, learning and assessment as a community of scholars;

Design modules based on principles of student-centred learning;

Critique planning and teaching practice in the light of student learning/feedback;

Engage with a diverse, multi-cultural student population;

Hold a professional commitment to teaching and student learning.

Course Practicalities
Participants will work online in the following ways: review lecture podcasts, participate in webinars, engage in online discussion forums, review video footage, follow online links, chat with critical friends, access electronic journals, review articles and create an online community of researchers.

Why Choose This Course

This programme provides teachers in higher education with an ideal opportunity to learn to research their teaching and look for the evidence of student learning. Such qualifications are now used as criteria for career progression and promotion. Most importantly, teachers sustain a reflective practice approach as researchers of teaching and learning. All third level teachers can benefit from the programme.

Applications for the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2020/2021 will open online on PAC on 1st November 2019. Closing date to be confirmed. For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Entry requirements

Requirements
The programme is intended for teachers in higher education institutions who have an active teaching timetable and could, therefore, review their courses and look for the evidence of student learning. The minimum academic entry requirement is an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Teachers must have an active teaching timetable in both semesters of the academic year (September to June)

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

This programme will be taught online.
Postgraduate Certificate 30 Credits - 1 year online part-time;
Postgraduate Diploma 30 Credits - 2nd year online part-time

Participants will work online in the following ways: review lecture podcasts, participate in webinars, engage in online discussion forums, review video footage, follow online links, chat with critical friends, access electronic journals, review articles and create an online community of researchers.

Number of credits

Postgraduate Certificate 30 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma 30 Credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Staff taking this course do so to enhance and research their teaching. It is an important step in a lecturer's career trajectory, opening up opportunities for collaboration and development and promotion.

Further enquiries

Mary Clohessy
m.clohessy@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 4902919
http://www.ucc.ie/en/teachlearn//

Dr. Briony Supple
briony.supple@ucc.ie
+353 21 4205118

Subjects taught

Modules

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is comprised of two modules taken sequentially, typically in one academic year:

TL6003 Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 1

You will explore contemporary theories of teaching, learning and assessment and will relate these to your own teaching and to critiquing the curriculum design within your own disciplines. You will complete three assignments which include exploring you own teaching beliefs, looking for the evidence of your students' learning in a selected course and responding to key readings in the field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. These three assignments will form components of a Teaching Portfolio which will be completed by the end of the Postgraduate Certificate.

TL6004 Practice Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 2

You will focus on how theory and practice inform each other, particularly in the context of differentiated learning and multiple intelligences approaches. You will continue to build your teaching portfolio and include entries on new teaching approaches that you have tried in your own courses. Participants will also analyse their teaching spaces and will be expected to engage in reflective practice in class and online via discussion boards.
Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be taught online.

Postgraduate Certificate 30 Credits - 1 year online part-time;
Postgraduate Diploma 30 Credits - 2nd year online part-time

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year. https://www.ucc.ie/admin/registrar/modules/

Assessment method

Assessment

Participants will prepare a portfolio of practice and reflection as a continuous assessment process over the course of the year. The portfolio will have six main entries, on topics that are prescribed in the first semester and self -selecting in the second one. Each assignment/entry will be supported using a rubric, which will provide guidance regarding criteria and suggestions to develop the response. The portfolio will be framed by an introduction guiding the reader and a reflective conclusion harnessing learning and pinpointing implications for future practice and research. These assignments are undertaken on a pass /fail basis, in keeping with the spirit of continuing professional development.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2020

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