As a blended programme, the PgCert TSL in HE is designed to provide you as an Edinburgh Napier colleague who teaches and/or supports learning with the opportunity to develop your knowledge while exploring and enhancing your professional practice in engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). Focusing on learning, teaching, assessment for learning and scholarship, the programme has an applied focus to facilitate your development as a skilled, critically reflective HE practitioner with an extensive knowledge base and professional network.
The PgCert TSL in HE is a 60-credit programme, accredited by Advance HE that comprises three 20-credit modules providing you with flexibility in completing the programme. Linked to your practice, the PgCert TSL in HE is rooted in collaboration and the co-construction of learning with peers and the programme team and adopts an authentic approach to assessments across the programme.
Early career academics who undertake and successfully complete the Programme are recognised as HEA Fellows (FHEA), providing colleagues with professional recognition of your practice, as well as gaining the academic award of PgCert TSL in HE.
For colleagues in Professional Services who support learning and PGRs who teach, successful completion of module one provides recognition of your practice as an HEA Associate Fellow (AFHEA).
Introduction to Teaching & Supporting Learning in Higher Education (EDU11123) – Module One
This module is aimed at both academic and professional services staff and provides an introduction to learning, teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education (HE). Focusing on core aspects of learning, teaching and support for learning – in alignment with the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) – the module will a) introduce you to key principles, theories and seminal literature relating to learning and teaching in HE; b) introduce you to working collaboratively within a cross-institutional community of peers; c) facilitate critical reflection, evaluation and development of your own practice; d) develop your understanding of and engagement with principles of inclusion and their implications for your practice, and e) engage you in critically evaluating a variety of modalities of and environments for learning, considering the implications for your own practice.
Developing as a Critical Educator (EDU11124) – Module Two
In this module you will continue the in-depth development of your knowledge and practice as an educator through critically exploring the module topics. In alignment with the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), this module will enable you to explore in depth the key principles, theories, and concepts relating to learning and teaching in HE. Topics covered include a) learning design, b) curriculum design and development, c) quality assurance and quality enhancement, d) assessment for learning and principles of feedback. This module supports the further development of your pedagogical knowledge and reflective practice through critical engagement with these principles and concepts in relation to your own teaching context.
Being a Critically Reflective Educator (EDU11122) – Module Three
This module extends further your development as a skilled, reflective practitioner in teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education, in alignment with the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). It supports your ongoing practice and development as a pedagogical scholar and education communicator. The module explores what it means to engage with and contribute to pedagogical scholarship and introduces you to the breadth of methodologies available to you as a practice-based educational researcher. You will also explore and critically engage with a range of key topics, including (but not limited to), a) the broader, global contexts in which higher education operates including internationalisation of HE, b) equality, diversity and inclusion, c) widening participation, d) ethical teaching, e) student wellbeing and belonging, f) scholarship of teaching and learning, g) the key debates, initiatives and policies influencing learning and teaching, and h) the value of peer observation of teaching practice. Additionally, you will be introduced to other topics as introduced by your peers through their scholarship work.