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CHEP6003 PGCAP Module 3: The Scholarly Educator

Module Overview

The Scholarly Educator, PGCAP Module 3, is ideal for academics on balanced or education contracts and suitable for research-focused pathway academics who want to contribute to education through developing educational research in their subject discipline. By successfully completing this module, you will obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. This module will enable you to question and reflect on your practice in order to develop your skills in researching your education activity and thus drive it forward in view of the rapid changes in the HE sector. This module is designed around one project and its dissemination as you will focus on producing an output which demonstrates your abilities to develop, enhance and advance your education practice. You will be introduced to aspects of education research and develop your skills in researching your teaching through project workshops and CPD sessions. The final outcome of this module is for you to showcase your project in the form of a presentation at a teaching and learning conference or to publish a case study or journal article on a relevant platform.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • research a range of educational theories and pedagogies underpinning learning in HE
  • adopt evidence-based approaches to support and forward teaching
  • critically reflect on your professional practice and share best practice with a variety of audiences
  • engage with the wider HE context and specifically with current debates in education


The module is centred on the creation and development of a project about your education practice in an area of your interest. In order to demonstrate the learning outcomes, you will have opportunities to attend development sessions such as project scoping workshops, writing retreats and elective CPD sessions based on your development needs. You will have opportunities to discuss these in mentoring meetings and tutoring sessions which will support you in the planning and development of an education manuscript intended for dissemination at teaching and learning conferences.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a variety of methods. You will attend: 1. an orientation session 2. a project-scoping workshop. This will include planning and the formulation of a timeline for the project 3. mentoring meetings 4. a writing retreat. During this workshop you will have an opportunity to start writing your educational manuscript and plan for disseminating the outcomes of your project in a formal arena

Independent Study105
Completion of assessment task75
Total study time190

Resources & Reading list

Fung, D. A Connected Curriculum for Higher Education. 

Murray, R. Writing in Social Spaces: A social processes approach to academic writing. 

Biggs, J & Tang, C (2011). Teaching for Quality in Higher Education. 

Beetham, H & Sharpe, R. Rethinking Padagogy for a Digital Age. 

Waring, M & Evans, C. Understanding Pedagogy: Developing a critical approach to teaching and learning. 



Individual Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (20 minutes) 40%
Extended Essay  (3000 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (20 minutes) 40%
Extended Essay  (300 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (20 minutes) 40%
Extended Essay  (3000 words) 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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