The focus of the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT) is on the development of teaching capability in higher education (HE). The program is designed to assist those who are new as well as experienced teachers in the higher education sector to develop a scholarly approach to teaching. This is achieved by a balance of theory with practice: viewing learning and teaching from a range of perspectives including participants own experiences, the experiences of students and of colleagues, and the educational literature. The process of reflection on these perspectives provides a foundation for individual professional teaching development and for further exploration in higher education.
The program is designed for blended delivery to offer a flexiblity for those teaching in diverse HE settings. Courses in the program include a mix of face-to-face classes with on-line activities designed to promote collegial collaboration, peer review and be interactive and engaging.
completion of a recognized bachelor degree
meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
Support those who teach in the higher education sector to develop confidence and capability in scholarly teaching;
Build collaborative communities in learning and teaching both within and across disciplines
The Graduate Certificate will be awarded after satisfactory completion of 24 units of credit. This program is only available on a part time basis and is usually taken over at least two semesters. Courses will be offered in blended mode and with a mix of classroom/online and structured independent learning activities.
The courses have been designed to support participants to progressively develop capabilities across the program in the key areas outlined above, and each course will build coherently on work undertaken in the previous course. Based on this, all the courses are core, but crafted to ensure flexibility to allow participants to elect an area of interest and focus. In such cases the assessment is project based to allow further exploration of an elected area.
Students must complete 1) EDST5121 and 2) EDST5122 before undertaking other courses.
Core courses offered within this program are:
EDST5121 Introduction to University L&T (6 UOC)
EDST5122 Student Learning in HE (6 UOC)
EDST5123 Educational Design (6 UOC)
EDST5124 Enhancing L&T (6 UOC)
1. Disciplinary knowledge and practices
Students should have acquired specialised disciplinary knowledge and capabilities related to the areas of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy in higher education, and be able to apply these to their teaching approach and practices across a range of higher education contexts.
2. Enquiry-based learning
Students should be able to use an analytical scholarly framework to examine their educational practice aimed at improving their effectiveness across these areas.
3. Cognitive skills and critical thinking applicable to teaching in higher education
Students should be able:
to identify, research and analyse complex issues and problems related to curriculum, assessment and pedagogy and propose appropriate and well justified solutions
to draw from and analyse a range of evidence from different perspectives to enhance their practice.
4. Communication, adaptive and interactional skills
Students should be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, and be capable of using independent and collaborative enquiry to work effectively across and within their disciplinary contexts.
5. Global outlook
Students should be able to analyse the impact of international trends and perspectives in higher education upon their local contexts and practices.
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