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Introduction to Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Learn about enhancing learning and teaching in this third course in the Foundations of University Learning and Teaching program.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Introduction to Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

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Why join the course?

This course provides an introduction to approaches and methods used to evaluate and enhance your teaching, and your students’ learning. The key question we answer is “How do you know you are doing a good job?”. In this course we will help you to improve your practice and the student learning experience to make learning and teaching in higher education more effective.

Explore a model to help you with the enhancement and evaluation process

In the course we will present a systematic approach to enhancing learning through evaluating your teaching using a model that guides you through a number of questions including:

  • What is the purpose of evaluation?
  • How can you evaluate your teaching, educational materials or courses?
  • What is the context of the evaluation?
  • Who are the stakeholders affected by the evaluation process?
  • What evaluation tools are already be available to you?
  • How can you design your own evaluation tools?
  • How can you best reflect on the whole evaluation process to enhance your teaching and your students’ learning?

Reflect on your own teaching

Through the course we will encourage you to reflect on your practice, carry out a mini self-evaluation and share your findings to demonstrate the variety of methods and tools that can be used to evaluate practice.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe ways to evidence quality in learning and teaching
  • Compare different approaches to evaluation
  • Evaluate forms of feedback for enhancing educational practice
  • Demonstrate the application of an evaluation process in your practice
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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsBOB FOX: How do you evaluate your teaching, your course design, and educational materials? How do you know that the assessment that you've created provides students with an appropriate opportunity to really demonstrate achievement? How do you know you're doing a good job as a teacher? I'm Bob Fox. And these are some of the questions that we will explore in this course to help you reflect on and evaluate and ultimately enhance your students' learning. We will present a model that guides you through the evaluation process. We encourage you to reflect on your practice, carry out some mini evaluations, and share your methods and findings with peers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds Whether you're new to teaching, an experienced teacher, or working more broadly in education, this course will help to develop your own educational practice, enhance your students' learning, and potentially influence the practises of others. I welcome you to this introductory course on enhancing learning and teaching in higher education from UNSW-Australia. We look forward to taking this journey with you.

What topics will you cover?

  • Defining evaluation
  • Role and purpose of evaluation
  • Reflective practice
  • Sources of feedback
  • The student experience
  • Ways of measuring the student experience
  • Evaluation tools and methods
  • Designing and running a mini evaluation
  • Broader quality assurance and enhancement contexts

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Describe ways to evidence quality in learning and teaching
  • Compare different approaches to evaluation
  • Evaluate forms of feedback for enhancing educational practice
  • Demonstrate the application of an evaluation process in your practice

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for teachers, educational designers and those supporting teaching and learning within higher education.

Who will you learn with?

lorenzo vigentini

Academic developer and Senior Lecturer adjunct to the School of Education and the School of Computer Science & Engineering.

Sonal Bhalla

I am an Academic Career Developer in the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)'s Unit at the University of New South Wales. My interests are in curriculum design and enhancing the student experience.

Martin Parisio

I am an educational designer and developer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. My interests include learning and teaching, educational design and higher education.

Who developed the course?

Established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, UNSW is a leading Australian university committed to making a difference

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $79 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.