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University Teaching & Learning

The Professional Diploma University Teaching & Learning is a professional qualification in university teaching and learning. The Professional Diploma is offered to faculty who have completed the Professional Certificate in University Teaching and Learning and who would like to undertake two further modules for the award of a Professional Diploma, which carries a credit volume of 30 ECTS. For more information please contact teachingandlearning@ucd.ie or telephone 716 8732 

Taught by experienced academic staff

Research-informed and experiential approaches to developing your repertoire of teaching, learning and assessment strategies

Learn about creative approaches to teaching through discussion with your peers

Vision and Values Statement
The Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning offers academic staff a professional qualification in university teaching and learning. It will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to provide effective high quality educational experiences for their students. It values academic rigour and practice relevance. It therefore uses research-led and evidence - based approaches to address contemporary issues and challenges in higher education. The emphasis is on critically reflecting on one's own practice to plan, implement and review new teaching and learning initiatives in disciplinary contexts.

It aims to provide a learning environment where participants will engage in active, discursive and collaborative learning approaches. A key feature of the programme is learning from peers in collegial interdisciplinary groups.

Programme Outcomes
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of teaching and learning issues in higher education as informed by current research

Critically differentiate a range of teaching and learning approaches

Adapt creatively teaching and learning strategies to specific disciplinary requirements

Take a leadership role in designing and organising curriculum initiatives collaboratively

Integrate a range of teaching and learning technologies to enhance teaching and learning approaches

Synthesise teaching evaluations to devise, implement and reflect on future actions

Disseminate new teaching and learning case studies

Develop scholarship and research in the area of teaching and learning

Professional Diploma (30 ECTS credits) in University Teaching and Learning is an in-service programme for those who are currently teaching in higher education (i.e NQF level 7 or above). This Programme is not open for online application but rather offered to faculty who have completed the Professional Certificate in University Teaching and Learning who may wish to undertake two further modules for the award of a Professional Diploma. For further information contact teachingandlearning@ucd.ie or phone (01)716 8732.

The Professional Diploma offers academics opportunities to review and improve their teaching skills and their understanding of approaches and theories in effective higher education. Academics at the start of their career will develop skills to work effectively in the classroom and learn to draw on pedagogical theory and research in informing their teaching. More experienced academics will be offered opportunities to revitalise their teaching and to try out new approaches to curriculum design and assessment.

Entry requirements

Entry to the Professional Certificate and the Certificate of Continuing Professional Development is open to faculty and academic related staff who are;

1) currently teaching in higher education (i.e. within a university or at NFQ level 7 or above).

2) in an active teaching role including design, delivery and assessment of modules

3) undertaking a significant teaching commitment, defined as a minimum of 2 hours teaching per week per semester or 48 hours over the course of the academic year.

Professional staff who teach as part of their brief and meet criteria 1, 2 and 3 above may apply for the programme and will be considered on a case by case basis. The final decision on eligibility of all candidates will be made by the Board of Studies on the recommendation of the Programme Director.

Please note that the Professional Certificate and the Certificate of Continuing Professional Development are not suitable for tutors or postdoctoral and research fellows. UCD Teaching and Learning offers the module University Teaching and Learning for Tutors, Demonstrators and TAs (UTL40230) and the University Teaching & Learning Practice seminar series.

Duration

1 Year Part-Time.

Number of credits

30

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
By the end of the Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning you will also be able to:

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of teaching and learning issues in higher education as informed by current research

Critically differentiate between a range of teaching and learning approaches

Creatively adapt teaching and learning strategies to specific disciplinary requirements

Take a leadership role in designing and organising curriculum initiatives at school/programme level

Integrate a range of teaching and learning technologies to enhance teaching and learning approaches

Synthesise teaching evaluations to devise, implement and reflect on future actions

Disseminate new teaching and learning case studies

Develop scholarship and research in the area of teaching and learning

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Claire Deighan
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 8732

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Assessing for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
UTL40140

Becoming a Better University Teacher
UTL40180

Promoting student engagement through the application of technology to develop active learning
UTL40190

Problem-based learning
UTL40210

Getting Published in Teaching
UTL40240

Application date

Who should apply?

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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