Postgraduate Certificate in
Academic Practice (PGCAP)
     Cohort 2: Induction event
            The PGCAP Team
Aims
• To introduce each other and lay foundation for
  a learning community
• To provide a PGCAP course overview
• To int...
Intended learning outcomes
• Recognise value of being part of a learning
  community

• Discuss key features of PGCAP,
str...
On the agenda
•   Welcome
•   Getting to know each other
•   The programme
•   Core module
•   Eat ‘n’ meet
•   Learning, ...
Welcome

              Tracey Hulme
Director of the Academic Development Unit (ADU)



• About the Unit
• The PGCAP Progra...
Introductions
• Who we are
• Task: Getting to know each other ->
Let’s go for a walk ;o)
Rationale
• Raising awareness and responsibility about
  student learning
• To engage with underpinning learning theories
...
Remember
“We need to be open to new ideas and to rival
explanations to our established views. Above all,
I think we need t...
Programme overview

 Engaging and Enhancing
 Student Learning (EESL)
                                   Research
         ...
Working together
                                             peers



                     technology                    ...
Online learning space
•   Course information
•   Module content: activities and resources
•   LaSU reading lists
•   Discu...
Core module: Engaging and
Enhancing Student Learning
Intended Learning Outcomes:
You will have had the opportunity to

•  ...
Core module, weekly plan
when                     where and how                   what                       other info
we...
Assessment, portfolio-based
1. Learning and teaching statement
2. Critical reflective commentary on teaching observations
...
… spaghetti towers
In your groups, build a structure using
20 spaghetti strings, tape and string
provided. The marshmallow...
PGCAP Assessment criteria
• Competence and engagement within an
  area(s) of relevance to the module (and,
  as appropriat...
UK PSF
•   6 areas of activity
•   6 core knowledge
•   5 professional values
•   for Fellowship of HEA & PGCert need
    ...
PGCAP level of attainment descriptors
•   a passing (excellent) assignment
•   a passing (good) assignment
•   a passing a...
portfolio
•   digital and online
•   record your journey
•   reflect
•   collect media-rich artefacts
•   shared with tuto...
split session (1h)


My PebblePad
  portfolio    My Wordpress
               portfolio with
Seminar room
    with

       ...
Component 1:
          A Learning and Teaching Statement (10%)
You are required to outline your understanding of your own ...
Sharing learning journeys
   Discuss with the person next
   to you:

   • A memorable learning
   experience you have had...
Personal tutor
• Your first contact
• Provides advice, support and                   Hi, I am
  guidance                  ...
Lunch break
• Eat ‘n’ meet your personal tutor
  (Chrissi & Neil) and one of our Learning
  Technology Advisors
• Opportun...
“I can’t believe it; for the first
time in my career I actually
couldn’t stop thinking about
teaching the whole night –
wh...
Action learning sets
•   Small-groups
•   Multi-disciplinary exchange
•   Peer support
•   Collaboration
•   Assessed comp...
Component 3:
    An Assessment and/or Feedback Rationale and
                Presentation (25%)
•   This component will in...
Ground Rules
• In your action learning sets:
  – Decide on how you are going to
    work together.
Mentor – Mentee: partnership
• Provide you with practical information and
  guidance on the School, the Faculty, the
  ins...
Peer observations:
              developmental!
5 in total
Observations
• Pre-observation form/data (in portfolio)
  – Need to share with observer
• Observation
• Feedback conversat...
Activity: Reflect!
   What happened?

   Why did it happen?

   How did you feel?

   If it happens again, what
    wo...
Reflecting on feedback conversations
•   What did you learn through the feedback conversation
    with the observer?
•   D...
Reflective practice
“It is now widely accepted that successful
professionals need to reflect upon their
actions as most ta...
Deepening reflection
   describing


     feeling


    analysing
                                   own
                 ...
Thinking about learning
1. Think about
something you are
                           2. Think of something
good at.        ...
Pedagogies: from… to…




                          Collaborative / active
“Jug & Mug” approach
- transmissive
Feedback & Assessment
     Component               Assessment             Feedback
     1: learning             individual...
Providing feedback (to peers)
•   link to assessment criteria
•   point out success
•   stimulate improvement
•   link to ...
Engaging…
… with     literature through
•   reading lists and additional library resources (Clifford Whitworth, 1st floor)...
“Can we propose to travel together
and be open to surprises as to how
       we will get there?”

 Cousin, G (2010) Educat...
References
•   Andresen, L (1995) Accredited Courses in Teaching and Learning, in: Brew, A (ed.) Directions in Staff
    D...
Checklist                                 To do
I have completed     I have a mentor.     Arrange
and handed in the       ...
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
(PGCAP), University of Salford (UK)

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PGCAP cohort 2 induction, 13 January 2011

  1. 1. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) Cohort 2: Induction event The PGCAP Team
  2. 2. Aims • To introduce each other and lay foundation for a learning community • To provide a PGCAP course overview • To introduce Core Module
  3. 3. Intended learning outcomes • Recognise value of being part of a learning community • Discuss key features of PGCAP, structure and requirements
  4. 4. On the agenda • Welcome • Getting to know each other • The programme • Core module • Eat ‘n’ meet • Learning, Reflecting, Observing • Portfolio building • PGCAP online learning space
  5. 5. Welcome Tracey Hulme Director of the Academic Development Unit (ADU) • About the Unit • The PGCAP Programme • Our Vision
  6. 6. Introductions • Who we are • Task: Getting to know each other ->
  7. 7. Let’s go for a walk ;o)
  8. 8. Rationale • Raising awareness and responsibility about student learning • To engage with underpinning learning theories • To enable participants to develop general and subject-specific teaching strategies • Promote pedagogical research but also • To do things differently and do different things (McDonald, R)
  9. 9. Remember “We need to be open to new ideas and to rival explanations to our established views. Above all, I think we need to become more interesting. Bring into our frame novels, films, theoretical alternatives, challenges from the margins. In many ways, we have the most to learn from those from whom we think we have the least to learn.” Cousin, G (2010) Education Development for the 21st Century, SEDA Conference, Chester 2010, 17 November, (p. 6)
  10. 10. Programme overview Engaging and Enhancing Student Learning (EESL) Research Curriculum Application of Strategies for Management Design and Learning Assessment and Programme Technologies and Feedback Academic Leadership (ALT) (SAF) Practice (CDPL) (RMAP)
  11. 11. Working together peers technology PGCAP tutors PGCAP participant Personal resources tutor • face-to-face mentor LTAs • online • action learning sets
  12. 12. Online learning space • Course information • Module content: activities and resources • LaSU reading lists • Discussions: module, agora, helpline • LinkedIn group
  13. 13. Core module: Engaging and Enhancing Student Learning Intended Learning Outcomes: You will have had the opportunity to • design and plan learning activities appropriate for your subject • apply effective teaching, learning, assessment/feedback and support strategies including technology enhanced approaches in your practice • discuss learning theories linked to your own subject • discuss key features of quality assurance, enhancement and evaluation within the HE context and implications for professional practice • develop reflective skills and engage in educational research
  14. 14. Core module, weekly plan when where and how what other info weeks -2 – 1 (27 Dec – online 2 weeks familiarising asynchronous 12 Jan) week 0 (13 Jan) CW conference room introducing week 1 (20 Jan) CW conference room reflecting & developing week 2 (27 Jan) CW conference room designing LTAs from the ADU and Denis McGrath, Learning Technologist (theatre: Chapman 4 has Health and Social Care been booked) week 3 (3 Feb) CW conference room using and experimenting 3 items from home (from kitchen, bathroom, bedroom) week 4 (7 - 11 Feb) CW conference room & learning tutorial Seminar room asynchronous online week week 5 (17 Feb) lecture theatre, Mary Seacole delivering guest speakers: Moira McLoughlin, Angela Darvill, University of MS271 Salford remote guest speaker: Prof. Stephen Gomez (TBC), University of Plymouth week 6 (24 Feb) CW conference room assessing and feeding back week 7 (3 March) ThinkLab experiencing & guest speaker: Donna Berwick, Skills and Recognition Team motivating Manager, Student Life, University of Salford week 8 (7 March – 11 online week evaluating asynchronous, March) synchronous: webinar on the 10th of March, 8.30pm, guest speaker: Prof. Huw Morris, University of Salford week 9 (17 March) CW conference room discussing and preparing week 10 (24 March) CW conference room sharing guest : Prof. Huw Morris, University of Salford
  15. 15. Assessment, portfolio-based 1. Learning and teaching statement 2. Critical reflective commentary on teaching observations and feedback conversations 3. Assessment/feedback rationale presentation (in action learning sets) 4. Critical reflection of a learning event 5. Final, overarching reflective review Draft facility available until end of week 10!
  16. 16. … spaghetti towers In your groups, build a structure using 20 spaghetti strings, tape and string provided. The marshmallow has to be on the top. An independent jury will carry out the assessment of the tower! • Make a tower • Choose a name for your tower • Choose a member of your team to showcase it.
  17. 17. PGCAP Assessment criteria • Competence and engagement within an area(s) of relevance to the module (and, as appropriate, to the UK Professional Standards Framework) • Engagement with, and application of, relevant research literature and theory • Reflection on your learning and the development of your practice
  18. 18. UK PSF • 6 areas of activity • 6 core knowledge • 5 professional values • for Fellowship of HEA & PGCert need to engage with all of these. • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ou rwork/rewardandrecog/ProfessionalStandardsFramework .pdf • http://tinyurl.com/ukpsf
  19. 19. PGCAP level of attainment descriptors • a passing (excellent) assignment • a passing (good) assignment • a passing assignment • a failing assignment
  20. 20. portfolio • digital and online • record your journey • reflect • collect media-rich artefacts • shared with tutor and peers • commenting • assessed • receive feedback throughout To be used within the core module and beyond
  21. 21. split session (1h) My PebblePad portfolio My Wordpress portfolio with Seminar room with Chrissi Neil
  22. 22. Component 1: A Learning and Teaching Statement (10%) You are required to outline your understanding of your own approach to learning, your own learning journey and experiences (including in formal and non-formal contexts) and how this understanding has impacted upon your teaching and support of learners. This statement would conclude with a needs analysis and an action plan: to describe existing skills and areas for further development through the module (e.g. from an analysis aligned to the module’s learning outcomes). You might ask yourself the following questions to get you thinking about your statement: • What personal learning experiences have influenced my thoughts about teaching? • How do I learn? • How do my students learn? • What does university teaching and learning mean to me? • What do I want my students to learn? • What strategies and techniques do I employ in helping students to learn? • What are my strengths as a teacher? • What areas do I need to develop further? • What do I want to know more about? • What are my options? • What will I do and by when?
  23. 23. Sharing learning journeys Discuss with the person next to you: • A memorable learning experience you have had in the past; something that has influenced your thinking about teaching & learning. • Why do you still remember it?
  24. 24. Personal tutor • Your first contact • Provides advice, support and Hi, I am guidance Neil Hello, I • Face-to-face and remote tutorials am (Elluminate) Chrissi • Tutorials in week 4 • Signposts when further assistance required
  25. 25. Lunch break • Eat ‘n’ meet your personal tutor (Chrissi & Neil) and one of our Learning Technology Advisors • Opportunity to discuss optional modules
  26. 26. “I can’t believe it; for the first time in my career I actually couldn’t stop thinking about teaching the whole night – what have you done to us?” (Andresen, 1995, p. 50)
  27. 27. Action learning sets • Small-groups • Multi-disciplinary exchange • Peer support • Collaboration • Assessed component 3: Assessment/feedback theme – rational presentation in week 10 Throughout the core module
  28. 28. Component 3: An Assessment and/or Feedback Rationale and Presentation (25%) • This component will involve investigating methods used for assessment and/or feedback in a multidisciplinary context but also from your school/subject/professional area perspective, and the underlying rationale for those approaches. • This is a group task and will require collaboration of all members of a specific action learning set. The rationale will focus in upon one particular method to consider and agreed within the action learning set. You will need to explain how this aligns with: for example, the aims and learning outcomes; your disciplinary context; the nature of the student group; and any practice/professional requirements. The rationale will also need to consider issues around equality, diversity, inclusivity and accessibility. The rationale developed within the action learning set will be shared with and evaluated by peers in the form of a presentation during week 10 and both, the rationale and the presentation should be added to your portfolio. • The rationale should be underpinned by reference to relevant contemporary articles or texts and also would usefully involve collecting and evaluating a small sample of student feedback. Participants are required to identify implications for their ongoing practice. • Presentations created by action learning sets will be shared within Blackboard. • This component is self- and peer-assessed.
  29. 29. Ground Rules • In your action learning sets: – Decide on how you are going to work together.
  30. 30. Mentor – Mentee: partnership • Provide you with practical information and guidance on the School, the Faculty, the institution and the academic role • Discuss with you the teaching and learning policies, strategies and practices, both formal and informal of the School and the institution • Participate with you in the observation of teaching process • Provide syllabuses, teaching materials and other resources to support your work • Link to people, services and resources to assist you with the teaching role and the more general HE responsibilities • Provide discipline-specific input to your teaching practice.
  31. 31. Peer observations: developmental! 5 in total
  32. 32. Observations • Pre-observation form/data (in portfolio) – Need to share with observer • Observation • Feedback conversation with observer • Reflective Account on the observation itself and the feedback conversation (include links to literature) • What is assessed? – The reflective account based on the 3 assessment criteria
  33. 33. Activity: Reflect!  What happened?  Why did it happen?  How did you feel?  If it happens again, what would you do differently?
  34. 34. Reflecting on feedback conversations • What did you learn through the feedback conversation with the observer? • Did you agree/disagree with the observers’ comments and feedback and why/why not? • How did the feedback provided and the conversation itself made you feel? • Did any of the comments come as a surprise to you? Explain. • Was the feedback conversation useful? Explain in what way. If it wasn’t, explain why and think how it could have been improved so that you would benefit more from it. • What does the literature say, your colleagues, students etc.? • What are you going to do as a result of this session, your personal reflections and the feedback conversation? What would you like to achieve and by when?
  35. 35. Reflective practice “It is now widely accepted that successful professionals need to reflect upon their actions as most tasks they perform involve novel elements to which there are no defined solutions.” Kember et. al (1999, p. 18) • Integrating reflection within professional practice • Taking action to improve performance
  36. 36. Deepening reflection describing feeling analysing own perspective reasoning stepping back colleagues, link to being self-critical students, theory etc. exploring options linking to action Moon, J (2004)
  37. 37. Thinking about learning 1. Think about something you are 2. Think of something good at. about yourself you feel good about. Write in this box how you became good at it. Write here the evidence it is based on. 3. Think of something 4. Think of something you are not good at, that you did learn perhaps as a result of a successfully, but at the bad learning time you didn’t really experience. want to do it. What went wrong? What kept you going, Add it to this box. so that you did succeed in learning it? a Phil Race activity
  38. 38. Pedagogies: from… to… Collaborative / active “Jug & Mug” approach - transmissive
  39. 39. Feedback & Assessment Component Assessment Feedback 1: learning individual self and peer statement 2: reflective accounts individual tutor and peers of observations and feedback conversations 3: assessment & group task self (group) feedback rationale presentation 4: Specific learning individual Tutor event 5: Overall reflective individual tutor review Submit on a weekly basis and receive formative feedback. Facility available until end of week 10
  40. 40. Providing feedback (to peers) • link to assessment criteria • point out success • stimulate improvement • link to action • challenge and stretch • timely • non judgmental
  41. 41. Engaging… … with literature through • reading lists and additional library resources (Clifford Whitworth, 1st floor) • subject specific resources … with professional groups • Internally • Externally (including online communities) … with further development activities • LDU Open Programme and Events • HEA seminars, Special interest Group meetings • Webinars
  42. 42. “Can we propose to travel together and be open to surprises as to how we will get there?” Cousin, G (2010) Education Development for the 21st Century, SEDA Conference, Chester 2010, 17 November, (p. 4)
  43. 43. References • Andresen, L (1995) Accredited Courses in Teaching and Learning, in: Brew, A (ed.) Directions in Staff Development, Buckingham: The Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, pp. 36-50. • Cousin, G (2010) Education Development for the 21st Century, SEDA Conference, Chester 2010, 17 November, (p. 6) • Kember, D et. al (1999) Determining the level of reflective thinking from students’ written journals using a coding scheme based on the work of Mezirow, International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol 18, No 1, pp. 18-30. • Moon, J (2004) A handbook of reflective and experiential learning, theory and practice, Oxon: RoutledgeFalmer.
  44. 44. Checklist To do I have completed I have a mentor. Arrange and handed in the observations with application form for peer/mentor & this programme. PGCAP tutor. I have accessed the I have a Twitter To familiarise with online learning account. portfolio system. space in Blackboard. I have completed all To work on my the pre-induction Learning tasks. Statement.
  45. 45. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Salford (UK) Mode: Engaging and Enhancing Student Learning (EESL) Site: www.ldu.salford.ac.uk Twitter: @pgcap

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