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    Part time available

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  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    1 year part time

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  • Last Updated

    26 February 2018

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE) course is aimed at those who are new to teaching in higher and professional education and those with experience who would like to reflect on and enhance their practice. Through the course, we aim to enhance student learning by reflecting on the needs of individual learners, and the range of strategies we might use to meet those needs. The PgCHPE programme is wholly aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF) and participants who successfully complete the PgCHPE course automatically become Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and also receive the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) PDF award for Learning, Teaching and Assessment. Participants on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) route will also gain NMC accreditation on successful completion of the course and NMC portfolio.

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE) is structured into two discrete modules; typical content for these modules is indicated in the Course content section. As the programme is dynamic, it will reflect continuous change in the Higher and Professional Education arena, and will change in response to the emergence of new contemporary topics, and the availability of new technology supported learning tools.

Facilitating Learning module – sample programme
-Introduction to Constructive alignment
-Learning theories and Learner Centred approaches
-Supporting Diverse Learners
-Effective Communication and Resource Share
-Learning Styles and Characteristics
-Motivation and Problem-based Learning
-Teaching Models and Styles of delivery
-Personal tutoring
-Feedback and Assessment
-Reflection and Evaluation
-Assignment Workshop

Innovation and Contemporary Practice – sample programme
-The Changing context of HE: Technology, innovation and change
-Assistive technologies - JISC workshop
-Student experience: student voice; Twitter and Qualtrics
-Mobile technologies; bring your own device
-Student interactions with learning spaces: psycho-geography and virtual worlds
-Flipped classrooms
-Assignment workshop
-Employer Panel
-The 3 Es: employability, enterprise and entrepreneurialism; Partnership working and the curriculum
-Disruptive innovations: MOOCs
-External forces – strategic priorities
-Impact for staff – implications for practice

The PgCHPE consists of 2x30 credit modules, “Facilitating Learning” and “Innovation and Contemporary Practice”. New participants are welcome to start the course at the beginning of either module. It is intended that the course will be run following the pattern illustrated above.

During the Facilitating Learning module, we will consider the diverse motivations and approaches to learning of individual learners, and the implications for effective for teaching, learning and assessment. You will be involved in the peer observation of teaching and will gain feedback on your own approaches.

During the Innovation and Contemporary Practice module, we will consider the key features of the changing context of HE, exploring topics such as the student experience, the learning environment and employability. We will also examine technology supported learning and the use of relevant tools within our own environments.

Each module lasts for four months, and it is intended that participants will complete the course within a twelve month period. This distribution of the modules over one academic year will allow you sufficient time to transfer the learning of knowledge, skills and techniques into your own disciplinary practice. It will also provide sufficient opportunity for your learning to be consolidated through discussion and feedback with subject-related mentors. In this way the course will strive to connect centrally driven content about the scholarship of learning and teaching with your own practice within their subject/professional domains.

Visit the Higher And Professional Education PG Cert page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!





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