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HEDU502 Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education

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Examination of contemporary research on student learning. Exploration of the effects of participants’ teaching practices on how students learn in order to enhance student learning outcomes.

HEDU 502 offers you an opportunity to reflect on and develop a critical rationale for reviewing or changing aspects of teaching and learning in a higher education setting. Drawing on contemporary educational research, you will develop a strategy for change that can be put into effect and evaluated in terms of its impact.

Paper title Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education
Paper code HEDU502
Subject Higher Education
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (Distance learning)
Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,069.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $7,201.25

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HEDX 502
Limited to
PGCertHighE, PGDipHighE, MHEd
As one of the principal modes of teaching is on-line learning, all students are required to have access to the internet.
Suitable for graduates who are currently teaching tertiary students in universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions.
Teaching staff

Lecturer: Dr Russell Butson

Paper Structure
This is a project-based paper in which you write a report on your rationale for change and evaluation of impact regarding an aspect of teaching and/or learning.
Teaching Arrangements
HEDU 502 does not include lectures or classroom sessions; instead it offers flexible independent learning with tuition and support through a supervisor.
Recommended: University Teaching: An introductory guide, by T Harland, 2012;

Teaching for quality learning at University, 3rd edition, by J Biggs and C Tang, 2007 (4th edition is also fine)

Learning to teach in Higher Education, 2nd edition, by P Ramsden, 2003
Course outline
Available on request from HEDC
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have an awareness of a range of teaching and assessment strategies and be able to evaluate and change their teaching practice.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system