Develops a critical understanding of teaching and learning in higher education, which will be informed by key theories and ideas in higher education and enriched by participants' reflection on their practice within their teaching contexts.
The goal of Critical Reflection on Higher Education is for participants to develop a critical understanding of teaching and learning in higher education. This critical understanding will be informed by key theories and ideas in higher education and enriched by participants' reflection on their practice within their teaching contexts.
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|Critical Reflection on Higher Education
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- HEDX 501
- Limited to
- PGCertHighE, PGDipHighE, MHEd
- (i) Restricted to academics in higher education including health professionals in clinical teaching roles. (ii) 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.
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- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
The paper will cover the following main issues:
- Introduction to teaching in higher education
- Reflective practice
- Course and teaching design
- Teaching methods and pedagogy
- Assessment and feedback
- Education for thinking
- Design of culturally inclusive learning environments
- Teaching Arrangements
The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.
The learning in Critical Reflection on Higher Education involves a combination of individual reading and reflection, completing collaborative tasks, giving and receiving peer feedback, and structured, whole-group discussions.
Every two weeks or so, there will be the opportunity for a two-hour structured, whole-group discussion about one of the main issues of the paper. Participants are able to attend these sessions in Dunedin or via videoconferencing.
A number of sessions will be held concurrently to address topics specifically related to Clinical Education and Educational Technology for participants seeking endorsements in those areas. Participants not seeking an endorsement will engage in sessions related to the main themes of the paper.
Sessions will be linked to assignments. Participants will share their work in class and/or through an online discussion board, and we will discuss insights from this work during class. We have found that engagement and commitment to participation and timely completion of all assignments are necessary for each student to meet the learning outcomes.
All readings will be listed in the paper outline. All readings, including textbooks, will be available electronically through the University of Otago Library.
- Course outline
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper, graduates of Critical Reflection on Higher Education should be able to:
- Apply relevant teaching, learning, and higher education theories to their teaching context
- (Re)design a learning-centred and aligned course, paper or teaching activity
- Critically reflect on the development of their teaching and learning philosophies and approaches by drawing on multiple sources of evidence
- Develop language to engage in scholarly conversations about teaching and learning