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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - PGCert


Course Description

If you wish to learn to how to teach actively and create an involving and engaging environment to support students in their learning journey, but are professionally busy or unable to come to London for a residential course, then this course could be for you.

Our course is designed for those already employed by institutions that deliver higher or further education. It is specifically aimed at those who teach and:
-Have fewer than three years' full-time teaching experience
-Are involved in supporting learning (such as librarians, learning technologists, academic developers, skills advisers, technicians).

This course would also benefit anyone in these roles who wishes to strengthen or refresh their understanding and knowledge of learning and teaching.

Key features
-This course promotes learning and teaching that actively involves students, which is essential for their success. This course supports forms of teaching that encourage students to take centre stage in their learning.
-The course is designed and run by academics who are experts and active researchers, both in higher education studies and online learning.
-The course will help you think about teaching in active ways – involving your students and encouraging them to reflect, independently and with others.
-You will experience active learning and study different teaching methods, learning ways to facilitate active learning and involve your students fully and responsibly.
-You will be encouraged to think about educational issues in fruitful and inquisitive ways, both on your own and in collaboration with other students.
-You will examine educational practices such as lecturing, small group work, assessment and feedback.
-You will be encouraged to reflect on your own experience as a learner to enhance your practice as a teacher. Throughout the course, we help you reflect, ask (yourself and others), find solutions, share and compare thoughts.
-Kingston University is a large London-based institution which prides itself on its innovative approaches to learning and teaching to a diverse student body, in a number of specialisms, including educational studies.

Both your personal tutor and local mentor will offer you help and support. Your personal tutor will be a member of the course team who will support you throughout the course. Mentors are experienced academics in the further/higher education institute in which you undertake your teaching. Your mentor will:
-Help you understand the principles of active learning and what they mean for your teaching practice
-Provide advice and guidance on general aspects of teaching in your subject area, helping you embed general teaching principles
-Support and manage all aspects of teaching observation (including relevant documentation) integrated into the course
-Offer general support as a colleague, including regular meetings
-Act as link with the course tutors

What will you study?

The course comprises two modules (each lasting 19 weeks) that contextualise your teaching experiences within the wider issues of for instance classroom teaching, curriculum design, learning environment, student learning. Within each module, you will critically examine, reflect upon and develop your professional practice in teaching and supporting learning in higher and further education.

Given the interactive nature of the course, it is important that, from the beginning, you see the teachers as facilitators on the course, but not the primary source of knowledge. Independent reading and reflection on, for instance, books, online journals, internet articles, and collaboration with your colleagues and mentor will all contribute to your learning. Your success on the course will be achieved by making full use of all these resources and integrating them in ways which show that your teaching is aligned with the principles of active learning.

Visit the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - PGCert page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the course are: a professionally relevant first degree or equivalent qualification; 70 hours teaching per annum; and a mentor approved by the course team.

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