Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Teaching induction MOOC principles and learning outcomes

Dear All

In the last two months the fellowship team has made great progress. We met at the end of October and developed a plan for a ‘semester long’ program of introductory modules about teaching topics for staff new to teaching. While recognising that staff can enrol and complete the mooc at anytime, we wanted to provide a planned approach for those who wanted to progress systematically through the content and pace themselves across their first semester of teaching. Below is an image of a possible approach.

Below also are our draft learning outcomes for the MOOC, the underpinning principles and the topics that we anticipate including. We would love to have your comment on any or all

I hope that everyone reading this blog has a very enjoyable break over the festive season and I look forward to being in touch in the new year.



The MOOC is:
-       situated in and raises awareness of learning and teaching scholarship;
-       pragmatic (ie can be useful today) and contextualised (asks participants to explore their own institution for resources, contacts etc); and
-       aligned to criteria and standards (we are aligning with the UK PSF).

MOOC Learning Outcomes
Completing this program will raise your awareness of:
      how teaching practice can be informed by L&T theories & conceptual frameworks;
      the scope of your role as a teacher in higher education;
      ways to create great student learning experiences.

The MOOC model is currently expected to include:
-       an introduction;
-       the 11 introductory modules (e.g. teaching a first class);
-       a L&T self-assessment quiz which will help participants decide what modules they need to explore;
-       a well-being quiz;
-       documents which will help the staff member to locate particular resources in their university;
-       a glossary of terms; and
-       some specialty modules (e.g. teaching maths).



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  2. Dear Kym

    I am just wondering whether the MOOC will include information on designing for learning for students with diversity including universal design principles