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EDUC6416 PGCAPM3_LT: Enhancing Academic Practice: Learning and Teaching

Module Overview

Building on M1 and M2, M3_LT provides further opportunities to enhance educator skills and knowledge. Project based, participants focus on producing an output which demonstrates their abilities to develop or innovate within their educator practice. A mixture of paper based and online resources will be available, (the latter eventually within a (M)OOC type platform), providing a base to support participants work in conjunction with small group / individual discussion/activities with PDU and other staff as required. The support of individual PCAP mentors may be supplemented by access to staff with topic based expertise as appropriate.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of generic and subject specific educational theory and/or evidence in the design of a learning enhancement activity, within your subject area.
  • Apply your reflective skills outside of your discipline context
  • Enhance your teaching activities through the integration of your research findings and process
  • Display initiative and personal responsibility
  • Evaluate and reflect on your own professional practice and development through evidence derived from self, peers and the literature.
  • Develop, informed by the analysis of evaluation data, strategies for enhancing the student experience.
  • Critically analyse and reflect upon the appropriateness of learning outcomes for an enhancement activity and the alignment of learning and teaching activities with these learning outcomes.
  • Critically analyse and reflect upon the appropriateness and effectiveness of learning and teaching activities and resources to facilitate quality learning.
  • Compose and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Organise and integrate your own learning with existing commitments, and produce work to deadlines.
  • Apply self-directed learning skills which are essential for a learning with limited contact time
  • Apply education design and delivery skills in different contexts


Usually an Orientation session shared with Module 3_RDM will outline the topics covered, resources available and assessment requirements. Experience in analyses and reflection on learning activities will have already been demonstrated in M1 and M2. This project based module is based on participants conducting a significant educational development or educational research activity which demonstrates the application of these skills through a written output and presentation to peers in an appropriate forum. All participants will have access to the a mixture of paper-based and online Learning and Teaching resources, the latter eventually structured within a (Massive) Open Online Course (MOOC) type environment. Participants will be free to participate in workshops from the CHEP open programme, or from other sources as alternatives or supplementary, subject to discussion with a member of the PGCAP team. Participants will also be able to participate in the PGCAP M3_RDM workshops for their personal interest, when spaces are available. The resources available will typically provide information on the enhancement of learning, such as case-studies, examples of methodologies used in face-to-face and other contexts, information about learning technologies, links to online resources with information on these and other topics.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

An Orientation session will outline requirements for the module and the resources available. There are no other formal module sessions. Participants are expected to attend workshops which will support the development of their skills necessary for completion of their project work. Attendance at a minimum of three workshops is required, as evidenced by completion of an appropriate learning log for each. Participants will have access to a mixture of paper-based and online Learning and teaching resources (eventually in the form of a (Massive) Open Online Course ((M)OOC) or similar) and will be free to select workshops to support their development and educational enhancement/research activity. Participants will normally be supported in defining their project by the PGCAP team and their AU mentor, and will be free to seek guidance from other colleagues with expertise in their chosen topic. Members of the PGCAP team will normally meet with individuals/ run small group seminars on topics arising, and organise M3 networking lunches for participants to update each other on progress and to share and discuss ideas. Participants will be expected to agree a series of timetabled meetings with the AU mentor or member of the PGCAP team at the start of the module.

Wider reading or practice65
Work based learning30
Completion of assessment task73
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Taylor and Francis e-Library (2002). Teaching and Learning in their Disciplinary Contexts: a conceptual analysis, Studies in Higher Education, 27, 4. 

Crosling, G., Webb, G. (2005). Supporting Student Learning: Case Studies, Experience and Practice from Higher Education. 

Waring, M. & Evans, C. (2015). Understanding Pedagogy: Developing a critical approach to teaching and learning. 

Fry, H, Ketteridge, S & Marshall, S (2002). A Handbook for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing Academic Practice. 

Useful Journals. Higher Education Research and Development Research in Higher Education Research in Learning Technology

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

Beetham, H., Sharpe, R. (2013). Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age. 

Butcher, C. Davies, C. & Highton M. (2006). Designing Learning: From Module Outline to Effective Teaching. 

Ramsden, P. (2003). Learning to Teach in Higher Education. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessment will normally be due 8 months after commencing the module, with the presentation given to an appropriate forum agreed with the PGCAP Programme Co-ordinator. All summative assessments are supported by formative activities and feedback All assessments must be passed to pass the module Assessment is on a Pass/Fail basis, but feedback is provided which conforms to institutional norms for percentage marking ranges and descriptions. The marking for this module will not be an anonymous. The project based nature of the assessment, involving staff from the participant's Academic Unit in the assessment, makes it impossible to maintain anonymity. PGCAP cohorts are small in size, individuals or small numbers of participants come from a limited number of Academic Units, and the members of the PGCAP team are likely to have had discussions with individuals about their work. This approach is aligned with the Anonymous Marking Policy.


Learning log


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 15%
Reflection 5%
Report  (5000 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Anything else not covered elsewhere

Academic Units are advised to make provision in their workload planning to enable both participants and mentors to participate fully in the programme.

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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