UN828 Supporting Learning in the Academic Environment
Convenor: Tom Parkinson
Please note this module will be incorporated in UN819 sessions and should not be taken as an option module.
This module is a core module that contributes towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, MA in Higher Education
Module Outline: The module is intended to support professional development through a process of critical reflection, and to meet the particular needs of staff engaged in a range of learning support roles. For this reason it is designed to be flexible and adaptable to practice in different specialist fields. It aims to provide an introduction to different approaches to learning, the assumptions on which they are founded and their implications for practice. The curriculum focuses chiefly on student-centred approaches to learning: how students learn, both generally and within subject/ disciplinary/practice areas; effective approaches to student support and guidance; the role of feedback in supporting learning; and strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of professional practice. The module seeks to make explicit links between principles and the application of these to participants’ own practice and development. Participants are encouraged to reflect on personal practices, evaluate them and identify how they can be developed.. A further central component of the module is the role of observation: being observed (and observing more experienced colleagues), receiving and responding to feedback, and articulating the values which underpin one’s own practice are central to the development of the skills of a reflective practitioner and to career development.