The MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (for third level education teachers) is designed to build on the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and to encourage you to research your teaching and your students' learning in more depth. Teachers will identify a research topic to pursue and will write a publishable paper for a specific teaching and learning journal in their own disciplinary field or in the broader educational field of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The focus of the Master's is on encouraging you to identify with your teaching as research, to peer review your teaching, to network with peers interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and to publish in this field.
On completion of the course, you will be able to:
identify and apply principles of a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in the college classroom
critically evaluate your teaching in light of your students' learning
design a research project around a teaching and learning issue
apply appropriate research methodologies to harness data about student learning
research a teaching and learning issue to a professional standard, equivalent to that of a publishable paper/article
communicate effectively with other scholars in the field of teaching and learning
peer review your teaching within a SoTL community
The MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is normally taken over one academic year. It comprises two modules:
TL6001: Research Methodologies Relating to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (15 credits)
This module focuses on introducing you to a variety of research methodologies designed to harness student learning. You will be encouraged to investigate and target teaching journals in your own disciplinary fields and to identify and critique methodologies used in the articles in them. You will write a 5,000-word essay discussing and critiquing your chosen methodology.
TL6002: Teaching and Learning Research Project (45 credits)
This module focuses on the key elements necessary to build a publishable research article/paper, including the identification and profiling of the research journal chosen; the rationale for such a journal in the context of the research question; the writing of a literature review to interrogate the research question; the selection and exploration of research methods designed to investigate student learning; the collection and analysis of data and the identification of implications and interventions for future practice and research. The research project will culminate in the writing of a publishable article/paper.
See the Postgraduate Academic Calendar for further details of the programme.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
Course may be taken over a minimum of 1 academic year or a maximum of 2 academic years from the date of first registration for the programme.
TL 6001 consists of 24 contact hours. There are a series of lunchtime sessions (six x two hours) and a series of Saturday sessions (three x four hours). The reading relates to understanding the SoTL literature through researching key teaching and learning journals .The teacher's practice site is your research laboratory and extensive hours are accumulated researching practice and identifying interventions to maximise student learning. TL6002 timetables a number of presentation sessions where you, in consultation with a supervisor, develop your research project and present drafts of your research paper.