Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject introduces students to the fundamental principles of effective teaching for learning in higher education. In a series of seminar/workshops it will provide an introduction to theories of teaching and learning and guidance on effective procedures for large and small group teaching, assessment and evaluation, e-learning, peer learning and other topics relevant to the contexts in which participants teach. It will draw on participants’ experiences, research on effective approaches and practical guides.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of the subject, participants should have developed:
- a critical understanding of the principles of effective teaching, learning and assessment in higher education;
- knowledge of some of the key research relating to teaching and learning at this level, and the central debates in this field;
- familiarity with the resources available to support teaching in higher education, and an understanding of how these can be used most effectively;
- a student-centred perspective on the nature of teaching and learning;
- an understanding of learning environments at the University of Melbourne, and of teaching approaches appropriate to those environments, as articulated in the Nine Principles;
- an analytical and reflective approach to their teaching activities and a recognition of their professional responsibilities in this area.
On completing this subject, participants should be able to:
- critically analyse teaching and learning theories and principles and apply them appropriately to a range of contexts;
- identify and analyse contemporary issues in higher education;
- reflect upon and analyse their practice in light of discussions with peers and;
- prepare written briefing papers for effective communication with colleagues.
Last updated: 2 December 2019