We are using a Moodle site to co-ordinate and facilitate learning in the PG Cert in HE/ Award LTHE. In Moodle you will be able to interact with your colleagues and the teaching team. You will hand in both your formative and summative assessments through Moodle and you will also receive feedback electronically.
Whilst the teaching and learning is offered in a blended way, ie. some online reading/ activities plus synchronous online + face-face interactions, and therefore is designed to be flexible, we strongly advise you to work through the materials on a weekly basis. The programmes are not designed to be be undertaken in one or two big chunks. You should expect to study online for between 4-6 hours a week and there are weekly activities to focus your work, both individually as well as part of a group. Outside of this time, you will find yourself striving to apply what you learn to improve your professional practice.
The progressive completion of topics will support your development as a higher education professional, as well as providing you with formative support to prepare for your summative assessments. Furthermore, you will be interacting with your study group on a regular basis. In order for this to produce valuable conversations and engagement it will be helpful for all if you are on top of the materials and readings.
The first module (ACAD1286) is divided into topics, with each topic having a variety of activities and resources available for you;
1. Articles and texts: You can access articles, powerpoint presentations, videos, audio and notes for each week’s topics. These will be in the form of links to PDF articles or in some cases will be files for you to download. In some cases, you will be asked to log into the University library and find the article in the database.
2. Videos: We have aggregated a number of videos from around the world, ranging from instructional videos, lectures, talks, case studies and examples. Almost all of the videos are embedded into Moodle pages, or as additional resources in the right-hand navigation bar. You can play them in the page you are viewing without navigating away. All you will need is the sound turned up (or a set of headphones!). We also actively encourage you to share videos that you have found with your peers. As you watch videos, make comments if you feel motivated. The world of teaching and learning stretches far beyond these four walls and interacting with professionals in other institutions or countries only serves to make your network bigger!
3. Learning materials: Each topic will assist you in preparing different components of your assessments. We recommend you work through each topic weekly. Each topic is approximately a week’s worth of work, however you can work through these at your own pace. With the timing of your formative and summative assessments you will need a good time management plan to be fully prepared. Each topic can be accessed directly through the links on the course outline in the first section. Some of these materials are in web-pages and other will be PDF documents. Make sure you have the current version of Adobe Reader available. Click here to download.
We want to help you to develop contacts with other learners and form a PGCertHE Community of Practice (CoP) for teaching and learning. Interacting with your colleagues on the programme is an invaluable process and you will be working with colleagues from a wide range of different disciplines and professional areas. Each topic will have a number of different ways of engaging, and topics for you to engage with both by yourself and with your fellow learners.
4: Activities: Every topic has a number of activities that you can complete on your own and then share your insights or ideas with your colleagues, usually through the use of a discussion forum. We hope you will use the discussion board both to post your thoughts and read the ideas of others, and there will be other ways of interacting online as well.
If you have any questions or problems, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the programme team.