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Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (for third level teachers)

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

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.

Unique Aspects of the 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.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for Postgraduate Certificate entry:
The programme is intended for teachers in higher education institutions. The minimum entry requirement is an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

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 see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests

Duration

Postgraduate Certificate 30 Credits - 1 year part-time, Postgraduate Diploma 30 Credits - 1 year 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

Ms. Mary Clohessy
The Teaching & Learning Centre
Ionad Bairre
Tel: 021 4902919
Email: m.clohessy@ucc.ie

Dr Marian McCarthy
Programme Director
Email: mmccarthy@education.ucc.ie
Tel: 021 4205117

Subjects taught

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)

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)

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. Students will also analyse your teaching spaces and will be expected to engage in reflective practice in class and online via discussion boards.

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.

Comment

Who Teaches This Course
Dr Marian McCarthy
Dr Bettie Higgs
Dr Anna Ridgway
Mr. Daniel Blackshields
Dr Eleanor O’Sullivan
Dr Declan Kennedy
Dr Ciarán Dawson
Dr Tracey Connolly

Assessment method

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 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

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

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU fee: €1,800 for 30 Credits to complete the Postgraduate Certificate (€900 per 15 credit module)

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017
Not open for application yet.

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