Principles of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Online Version)

Principles of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Online Version)

Who is the course for?


The Centre for Academic Development also offers a six-week online version of our Principles of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education CPD course for staff who support others to learn. The course is aimed at postgraduate research students, early career researchers, new lecturers, teaching fellows and other, non-academic staff who:

  • are actively involved in teaching and have a current role in supporting the learning of others in the University of Aberdeen; 
  • have recent experience of supporting others to learn in UK higher education (or another sector which the Centre is satisfied is substantially equivalent to UK higher education) for a substantial portion of at least one academic year;
  • prefer to study online, perhaps due to geographical location.

Examples of current/ previous teaching experience may include:  

  1. Lecturing
  2. Running tutorial sessions for undergraduate courses
  3. Demonstrating and supporting lab sessions 
  4. Supervising students involved in undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral projects
  5. Delivering workshops for either staff or students

Please note: You are strongly advised to complete the application form in a detailed manner.


This course is NOT externally accredited by Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy, HEA), however, course participants wishing to apply for Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and who have successfully completed the PLTHEO course, will be well-placed to apply for AFHEA through the University of Aberdeen CPD Framework for Learning and Teaching. 

The PLTHEO course involves directed study (approx. 2 hours), weekly asynchronous online discussions and six, one-hour collaborative online sessions normally held on Friday lunchtimes. Topics covered will include how people learn, assessment and feedback, approaches to teaching, the learning environment, diversity and further scholarship. 

Please note: to complete the course successfully you need to participate in all weekly course activities and successfully complete one formative and one summative assessment (consisting of weekly reflections and a personalised action plan to further support your development as an educator). 

Here some comments from some of those who have recently, successfully completed the Principles of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education Online course:

A wider appreciation for and understanding of different theories of teaching and learning and a very positive first experience with online learning generally.


Meeting new people with different experience, learning from them was major benefit for me.


The course was very well structured for an online environment with all materials organized appropriately.