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Exploring Teaching and Assessments for Higher Education

Discover new approaches to teaching and assessing students and understand how to effectively support their learning.

Exploring Teaching and Assessments for Higher Education

Invigorate your teaching, learning, and assessment practices

On this two-week course from Coventry University, you will have the opportunity to explore evidence-based theories, methods, and concepts to critique and enhance your practice for the dynamic higher education environment.

By understanding how to create meaningful interactions with your students, you can strengthen their learning and assessment experiences using both digital and conventional approaches.

Explore how to improve your teaching through learning theories

Week one explores various teaching contexts.

From Behaviourism to Cognitivism, there are many different learning theories in the field of education, all aimed at improving how students learn.

This course aims to help you develop your understanding of learning theories, giving you the opportunity to reflect on and share your views and preconceptions about learning.

You’ll also explore different modes of teaching delivery in the modern world and how teaching in online, face-to-face, and blended spaces can influence student learning.

Learn to use different types of assessment for various contexts

You’ll start week two by looking at assessment and how you can support students to understand the purpose and requirements of their assignments.

Then, you’ll discuss the different types of assessment, including formative and summative approaches, and how these can contribute to students’ learning.

Build your tools and techniques to provide effective feedback

The aim of feedback in education is to help students improve their learning, so it’s important to ensure that it works for your students.

The last part of this course will take you through contemporary approaches to feedback and what engaging and effective feedback looks like.

What topics will you cover?

  • Views of learning
  • Teaching contexts
  • Authentic practice examples
  • Effective assessment
  • Assessment literacy
  • Engaging feedback

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the context in which you teach and implications for your practice
  • Evaluate your assessment and feedback practice
  • Critically reflect on the value of your current approaches for student learning

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for academic educators working in a higher education institution. It may also be useful to anyone interested in teaching within higher education.

Who will you learn with?

Academic Developer at CU since 2018. Diverse experience supporting teaching, learning and research in Higher Education. Favours a facilitative style. PhD in Applied Linguistics (AKA a "word nerd").

Assistant Professor. Module Leader for 7000CRB. Extensive industry experience in Business Recovery. Joined Higher Education in 2010. Passionate about digital and inclusive teaching.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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