The University of Aberdeen offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching & Learning, which comprises two, 15 credit courses: Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education (ED50HR), Activities, Knowledge and Values (ED55HS) and a 30-credit course, Research Project in Higher Education Learning and Teaching (ED50HT).

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Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education: ED50HR

The first, 15-credit course is designed to enable participants to begin to link educational practice, evidence, and theory in order to design, deliver and evaluate courses and programmes for both undergraduates and taught postgraduates.

It encourages participants to experiment with, and take a critical, scholarly stance on, different approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

Course workshops are designed to facilitate participants’ engagement with pedagogical literature, to challenge current approaches to teaching and to encourage planning for their further professional development in the learning and teaching arena.

Activities, Knowledge and Values: ED55HS

The second, 15-credit course is designed to expand participants’ sense of contemporary issues and challenges that are facing higher education currently.

The course explores topical themes, such as ‘Reasons to Teach, Values of Learning Theories, Nurturing Learning Communities, and Academic Identity'. Sessions introduce participants to some of the latest research and thinking on learning and teaching.

An underpinning principle of the course is to develop participants’ ability to formulate pedagogic enquiry, to evaluate learning and teaching activities, and to lay the foundations for participation in educational research during the final course.

Research Project in Higher Education Learning and Teaching: ED50HT

The final course is a year-long, 30-credit course, which provides participants with the opportunity to plan and execute a piece of independent, original research in an area of their own choosing that relates to teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education. This could be an area of personal interest or a strategic area for development identified within their own academic School or discipline.

Participants are supported along the way by an experienced supervisor, alongside a suite of development sessions that address the key points of undertaking research, including educational research methods, publishing pedagogic research, ethics, and digital scholarship.