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.
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.