Learning, Teaching & Assessment

New to teaching in higher education? Want to try out something different in your teaching? Facing new challenges such as increasingly diverse student groups or large class sizes? Think another approach might be of benefit, but not sure which one to select?

This short module is designed for new colleagues or those who have been teaching for a number of years and who are interested in taking a fresh look at their teaching practice. If you don’t have time to commit to a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters programme but would like to have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and explore new practical ideas you can try out as part of a group – why not sign up for this 5ECTS CPD short module? The module is based around two participative workshops and online activities. On completion of this short module, exemptions may be given to those wishing to advance to the Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching in negotiation with the Diploma co-ordinator.

Schedule: 2 full days with online activities.
Semester 2 2016: Thursdays, full day on Jan 21st (10-5) and March 31st (10-5) which includes micro-teaching. Online activities will also be central to participation in this module.

Times: 10am-5pm. Venue: LTTC 5th Floor, DIT Aungier St.

Apply Online: Please complete the online application form at least one week prior to module commencement: Online CPD Application Form

Further Module Details:

Module Code: DT590              ECTS – 5

Aim: This short module is designed for colleagues who have been teaching for a number of years and who are interested in taking a fresh look at their teaching practice. If you don’t have time to commit to a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters programme but would like to have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and explore new practical ideas you can try out as part of a group – why not sign up for this 5 ECTS CPD short module? The module is based around a series of participative workshops with accompanying online activities. The micro-teaching task is a key component. On successful completion, exemptions may be given to those wishing to advance to the Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching in negotiation with the Diploma co-ordinator.

What will I learn?
Upon successful completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • select from a variety of methods for providing effective learning, innovative teaching and appropriate assessment strategies and apply them appropriately to their teaching situation and professional context
  • share experiences of, and mechanisms for, coping across a range of teaching situations
  • engage with a community of teachers from a variety of subject disciplines
  • develop a professional, reflective enquiry base to inform their teaching
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of the changing socio-cultural context of higher education.

How will I learn?
This module consists of four workshops/class sessions and associated online activities. One session based on authentic classroom practice will involve a micro-teaching lesson which emphasises a teach-review and reflect-re-teach approach. In addition, it offers a concentrated, focused form of peer feedback and discussion. This component has been designed to enhance teaching and promote open collegial discussion about teaching performance. Readings will be recommended based on key subject areas and discussions on these will take place within the sessions and online tasks.

When? Semester Two: January 21st and March 31stThursdays 10am- 5pm

Dates Indicative Topics
January 21st Lesson Planning; Making your teaching more interactive
Introduction to Reflective Practice and Student Centred-Learning; Learning Theories and Online task
March 31st

 

Micro-teaching; Evaluation of Teaching
Assessment of student learning;
Supporting diverse student groups.

How will I be assessed?
The module will be assessed by a reflective paper on teaching practice in two stages:

  • Draft Assignment: Formative feedback will be provided on the submission of a draft (500 words) of your reflective paper.
  • Final Assignment: The Reflective paper (c.2,000) will be expected to discuss the key learning points from participation in the module and importantly, the implications for your teaching practice. Reference should be made to the micro-teaching experience as well as to scholarly literature on key topics.
  • Participation in the micro-teaching and online activities is a requirement.

Are there any pre-requisites? No specific pre-requisites but experience of teaching and an interest in developing your teaching practice to support student learning.

Any other relevant info? There is a minimum of 10 participants required to facilitate the group tasks and micro-teaching.

Contact Orla Hanratty (orla.hanratty@dit.ie) to discuss this programme.

Apply Online: Please complete the online application form at least one week prior to module commencement: Online CPD Application Form

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