CEL 260: Introduction to Teaching & Learning in Higher Education


This is the first module in the Postgraduate Certificate programme and covers a range of topics including large class teaching, student engagement, technologies, civic engagement and research-led teaching. The course is based on scheduled class sessions, often with guest presenters and always with discussion! Participants will maintain an online ‘learning journal’ and undertake a number of readings and other specified activities


Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Identify some of the key theories of learning in the higher education context and describe research findings on how students learn;
  • Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of teaching approaches which may be undertaken within particular contexts;
  • Debate and engage with some of the contemporary issues in higher education that impact on teaching practice;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to reflect on their own practice.


Participants must be currently engaged in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, preferably in a number of modes (eg lectures, small group teaching) and are required to undertake feedback and reflect upon their teaching practice and experience.


The module is assessed via a reflective learning journal (in Blackboard) which all participants must regularly update throughout the semester, responding to prompts and questions raised on each topic.

  • A tutor/mentor will provide feedback on individual entries.
  • This journal is private and only accessible to the course team and external examiner.
  • Other course participants do not have access to each other’s entries.
  • A rubric is provided to give an indication of the requirements.

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