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Develop your skills in teaching and knowledge about learning in higher education with a flexible program of online courses from UNSW

The Foundations of University Learning and Teaching program is comprised of three professional development courses designed for practising teachers and other educational professionals concerned with enhancing learning and teaching in higher education.

You’ll explore effective teaching, educational design, assessment and evaluation to improve learning and teaching.

The aim of the program is to develop and strengthen your knowledge and skills to improve your practice and ability to deliver effective learning experiences.

Accessible for free on your desktop, or tablet and delivered in bite-sized chunks, the courses provide a flexible way to fit learning into a busy life. And as you progress, you’ll be encouraged to try things out; actively reflect on what you discover, and share your experience in discussions.

When you complete all three courses, upgrade and qualify for a Certificate of Achievement for each, and submit and pass an ePortfolio assessment, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD).

This program also offers a pathway to UNSW’s Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT)

To be eligible for the GCULT program at UNSW, you will need to:

  • Complete all three courses in the Foundations of University Learning and Teaching program including the ePortfolio assessment task, upgrade and qualify for a Certificate of Achievement for each course, and verify your ID with FutureLearn.

  • Have completed a three year undergraduate degree at a recognised university, and be actively engaged in teaching or design work to support teaching in higher education throughout the duration of the program.

Courses and assessment

To get an award you will need to upgrade all courses on this program, then qualify for a Certificate of Achievement on each course. To qualify you need to do at least 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on any tests.

Once you have qualified for a Certificate of Achievement on every course you will be able to take a final assessment course. Pass the final assessment course to earn a FutureLearn Award.

This program will require 9 weeks of learning, plus 1 week of assessment. The total cost for the courses is $252 + shipping. You will also need to pay £1,035.00 GBP to take the assessment.

Learn with experts in learning and teaching

The Foundations of University Learning and Teaching program has been developed by UNSW and provides professional development activities and resources for developing learning and teaching in higher education.

The team you will be learning with come from a wide range of backgrounds covering learning and teaching, assessment and evaluation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Apply learner-centred approaches to teaching and/or design for learning in higher education.

  2. Integrate current curriculum design, teaching, assessment and evaluation principles and practices in your context.

  3. Develop teaching capability in face-to-face, blended and online learning contexts.

  4. Critically reflect on professional practice drawing on current educational theory, institutional policy and other sources