Teaching at Tertiary Level WWW Resource
by Shirley Earl & Henry Ellington
Over the 1995-1998 period, weve monitored debate and developments that relate to the accreditation of teachers in Higher Education in the UK. Its become increasingly obvious that, sooner or later, a body like the new Institute for Learning & Teaching would emerge and that HE lecturers will be encouraged to obtain qualifications in learning and teaching as well as in their subject area.
A decade ago, in the late 1980s, the then Central Institutions Council for Educational Development (CICED) created common source materials that were made available across Scotland for prototype postgraduate learning and teaching qualifications for lecturers. We were involved with that initiative and, since then, weve run the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching at the Robert Gordon University (RGU).
The 1997 version of that RGU course focuses on an entirely updated suite of 35 course booklets and linked study guides. It leads to an RGU Certificate thats 60 SM point (Scottish Masters level) SCOTCAT (Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer) rated. Basically, its a flexible, open learning programme for lecturers.
In terms of 1995-1998 debate about accrediting University teachers, however, it has become increasingly obvious to us that programmes alone won't suffice. Qualitatively rigorous but flexible pathways towards accreditation will also be needed.
With such pathways in mind, weve created this WWW resource.
Prospectively, the resource may be used
The resource provides
We also include exercises to encourage thought about underpinning professional principles and values.
Using the Resource
We hope you find this www resource useful and flexible.
Here, therefore, are a few pointers to get you started.
For whatever purpose youre using this web resource - surfing, self-instruction, as a short-course or as part of award-bearing continuing professional development - enjoy it.
We wish you Good Luck.
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Centre for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching