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Learning journey and experiences doing the PgC THE by Amanda Bennett and Catherine Drake

Learning journey and experiences doing the PgC THE by Amanda Bennett and Catherine Drake

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  • What is the PgC THE?Aim of programme – to develop your understanding of learning & teaching practices in line with a structured programme that will lead to a recognised teaching qualification in Higher Education. Both Amanda and I started ourPgC THE early in 2009. We both undertook an intensive induction programme which lasted around 5 days. This included a 2 day residential induction and two days back at Cardiff Met in which we started to develop our ideas and requirements for the teaching intervention. It introduced us to learning theory and practices, peer observation and reflection. We had to produce a written learning statement of our own experiences, present and provide peer observations of individual presentations. It was a steep learning curve: by the end of the introductory course, we had understanding of some of the key cognitive learning theories and different approaches to teaching practices in education. And these approaches to teaching and learning are vastly different from when I was a student. There is a greater emphasis on being a facilitator of learning, so rather than just talking to students and expecting them to understand – a traditional didactic way of teaching. You had to create an environment that was conductive to learning through a variety of means. Awareness of different learning styles or approaches. Group work, peer assessment, etc. Assessment approaches were discussed as well – not enough just to mark students work – there are a number of summative and formative ways of assessing, which includes peer assessment, or comparing marks between one group and another. nd assessment wasn’t simply marking students work as being right or wrong – it is present in front of other academic staff across Wales. This involved intensive group work, peer observations of and course wh and a reflect post 2 days on either side of this a preWe attended a two-day intensive residential which introduced us to pedagogical theories of learning and understanding. and explored the 20 credit module Structure of programmeCourseworkInterventionsCatherineAmandaBenefitsCons
  • What is the PgC THE?Aim of programme – to develop your understanding of learning & teaching practices in line with a structured programme that will lead to a recognised teaching qualification in Higher Education. Both Amanda and I started ourPgC THE early in 2009. We both undertook an intensive induction programme which lasted around 5 days. This included a 2 day residential induction and 3 days based at Cardiff Met in which we started to develop our ideas and requirements for the teaching intervention. It introduced us to learning theory and practices, peer observation and reflection. We had to produce a written learning statement of our own experiences, present and in turn provide peer observations feedback of individual presentations. It was a steep learning curve: by the end of the introductory course, we had understanding of some of the key cognitive learning theories and different approaches to teaching practices in education. And these approaches to teaching and learning are vastly different from when I was a student. There is a greater emphasis on being a facilitator of learning, so rather than just talking to students and expecting them to understand – a traditional didactic way of teaching. You had to create an environment that was conductive to learning through a variety of means and the course encouraged you to explore these approaches through a variety of workshops help throughout the year. All academic staff are expected to complete 60 credits to gain HEA Fellowship – at Cardiff Met you get a higher rate of pay on completion of this qualification. The 20 credits module was set up for non academic staff who did some teaching, but not These included teachers toolkit - Awareness of different learning styles or approaches. Group work, peer assessment, etc. Assessment approaches were discussed as well – not enough just to mark students work – there are a number of summative and formative ways of assessing, which includes peer assessment, or comparing marks between one group and another.
  • I completed my 20 credits earlier this year, but actually did the intervention in 2009. I had to provide evidence that I’d undertaken 40 hours of teaching, including
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Talking 'pedagogy' for librarians: doing the PgC THE Talking 'pedagogy' for librarians: doing the PgC THE Presentation Transcript

  • Talking ‘pedagogy’ for librarians Working towards the PgC THE
  • What we’ll be talking about• What is the PgC THE?• Personal journey• Cons• Benefits
  • What is the PgC THE?• Postgraduate certificate in Teaching in Higher Education• All academic staff expected to complete 60 credits to gain HEA Fellowship• Non academic staff can stop at 20 credits – And become a Associate fellow of HEA
  • What’s involved: HEA Associate - 20 credits• Introductory studies, Teaching in Higher Education – 40 hours of teaching, including teaching prep – Teaching intervention • An aspect of learning and teaching practice that you can develop and improve • With peer observations and student evaluation/feedback – Provide evidence of learning in portfolio • Includes reflections, feedback & academic paper on teaching intervention
  • What’s involved HEA Fellowship – 40 credits• Further 80 hours of concurrent teaching• Two teaching interventions – 4 peer observations, 1 report and 1 poster, 2 student evaluations• Reflective summary
  • HEA – UK Professional Standards Framework• Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study• Teach and/or support learning• Assess and give feedback to learners• Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance• Engage in continuing professional development
  • How a librarian might ‘teach’ rather than ‘train’Topic: Gather information for an early years assignmentusing relevant subject databasesTask: Students are divided into groups and asked tosearch for information relating to their topic to becomean ‘expert’ in their subject area. Each group has 30minutes to investigate their topic and when the time isup, each expert group will take turns to come up to thefront and demonstrate the database.Assessment: Poster visualizing their research
  • Would we have done this before?
  • Amanda’s StoryMy intervention Next stepsThe intervention was carried out from November 2009 – • 2nd intervention - Written or oralJanuary 2010 and involved all 134 students in year 1 ofthe BA Educational Studies course. I carried out 6 reportworkshops and an online assessment quiz was used toassess the student’s research skills. The quiz covered thecatalogue and Library databases and a short online • 3rd Intervention - Research posterlesson was used to complement my sessions. Theassessment was worth 35% of the marks for the module. • Completion of PGCHE in May 2013 January 2009 Post interventionResponsibility Librarian Librarian & academic staffRelation to External IntegralthecurriculumPlacement in Isolated Embeddedthe workshops and assessed http://www.flickr.com/photos/venosdale/76689174curriculum 32/
  • Limits: barriers & obstacles• Lack of information strategy • Varies from university to university• Lack of academic co-operation • Not always willing to involve librarians• Other commitments and responsibilities
  • Is it worth it? Yes!!!• HEA professional recognition is invaluable• Information literacy framework: understanding how to teach good information skills is essential – Formal teaching qualification helps you do this more effectively• Understanding of learning theory is important – More realistic expectations of students• Greater self-motivation to take risks and engage with new and exciting forms of teaching technology
  • “The reward of athing well done,is to have doneit”. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nominalist and Realist", Essays: Second Series (1844).