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Exploring Teaching and Assessment for Higher Education

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

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Exploring Teaching and Assessment for Higher Education
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

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.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Being a Teacher in HE

    • Setting the scene

      Let’s start by getting to know one another and exploring the importance of building a sense of community to enhance learning.

    • Teaching context

      Investigate influences on teaching and how they relate to your practice.

    • Teaching impact

      Connect theory and practice by examining case studies from innovative practitioners.

    • Summary

      Let’s close this week by defining your own personal aspirations and goals.

  • Week 2

    Reimagining Assessment

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Explore what we will focus on this week and share your initial thoughts on assessment and feedback.

    • Supporting students to succeed in assessment

      What can we do in our own practice to maximise students’ chances of success? Explore the nature and purpose of assessment from both students’ and teachers’ perspectives.

    • Your assessment and feedback practice

      What kind of feedback do you give your students and is it effective? Consider these questions and reflect on how you might enhance your current practice.

    • Summary

      Reflect on how your learning may bring about change in your assessment practice.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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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?

Assistant Professor in Academic Development. Diverse experience supporting teaching, learning and research in Higher Education. Background in Applied Linguistics.

Assistant Professor in Academic Development. Teaching in Higher Education since 2010 after many years in Business Recovery. Passionate about digital and inclusive teaching, and learning from students!

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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