FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
Qualifying course in teaching higher education, 4 weeks
1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Örebro University’s courses in academic development have been developed in accordance with recommendations adopted on April 14, 2016 by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) regarding the scope, objectives and eligibility for professional university teacher training in order to facilitate the mutual recognition of courses between institutions. The courses are offered as competence development for faculty members.
During the course, participants work toward the following goals from SUHF for eligibility for teaching higher education:
The participant shall demonstrate the ability to
- discuss and problematise student learning in the participant’s own subject area, on the basis of research in educational sciences and/or subject didactics of relevance for teaching in higher education
- independently and together with others plan, implement and evaluate teaching and assessment in higher education with a scientific, scholarly or artistic basis and within their own area of knowledge
- apply relevant national and local rules and regulations, and to discuss society’s objectives for higher education and the academic teaching role in terms of the participant’s own practice and students’ active participation in higher education
- collect, analyze and communicate their own and others’ experiences of teaching
- and learning practices, and relevant outcomes of research, as a basis for the development of educational practice and of the academic profession.
2 ABOUT THE COURSE
The Foundations of Teaching and Learning course equals 160 working hours or four weeks full time study, as decided by the director of the Centre for Academic Development.
2.1 Course goals
After completing the course participants should be able to
- develop a teaching element on the basis of selected pedagogical principles and subject-specific pedagogical considerations, taking into account relevant laws and regulations as well as local policies,
- describe, analyze and evaluate various forms of learning activities and assessment practices in relation to established course goals,
- identify educational problems and challenges and reflect on possible and sustainable solutions, drawing on academic development theory and research and subject-specific pedagogical considerations,
- independently and together with others plan and carry out a learning activity that promotes sustainable learning, and
- critically and constructively discuss their own educational and pedagogical positions and choices as well as those of others.
2.2 Course content
In the Foundations of Teaching and Learning course, participants work with academic development focused on student learning. During the course, each participant develops an academic learning moment, and the final assignment is to write a pedagogical reflection on that academic developmental work. The development of the academic learning moment should take into account educational, pedagogical and legal implications, and therefore issues such as national regulations and local governing documents as well as different perspectives on learning, different types of learning activities and different forms of examination will be covered during the course sessions.
2.3 Teaching methods
The teaching methods used are presentations, seminars, workshops, reflections and discussions. Learning activities are done individually (preparatory), in the whole group and in smaller work groups. Course materials and course information is published on Örebro university’s learning platform.
2.4 Attendance requirements
As the collegial exchange of experiences and knowledge is an important element of the course, a high level of attendance is required. In the case of absence, participants are asked to contact the course convenor for a discussion about how the learning activity can be carried out or the course content obtained in another way. If the attendance rate is lower than 75%, the participant must retake the course.
The course is examined with an examination seminar, a peer-reviewed reading log and a pedagogical reflection assignment.
The course is examined with the grading scale U (failed) or G (pass). In case of a failed result the participant has the right to re-examination during a period of two years after the end of the course.
Elmgren, M. & Henriksson, A-S. (2018). Academic teaching. Second edition. Lund: Studentlitteratur. 368 pages.
The Higher Education Ordinance. (Revised 2014). Available at the website of the Swedish Council for Higher Education, under “Laws and Regulations” https://www.uhr.se/en/start/
The Swedish Higher Education Act. (Revised 2013). Available at the website of the Swedish Council for Higher Education, under “Laws and Regulations” https://www.uhr.se/en/start/.
In addition, there are about 350 pages of compulsory and optional literature that will be available at the start of the course.
A certificate will be presented after satisfactory completion of the course.
3 PRIOR ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for this course, you need a university degree of at least three years of full time study.
Read the course syllabuas a pdf document.