PCUTL has been designed to develop and recognise professional expertise. Therefore assessment approaches require engagement in activities that are of practical benefit to participants, their School / Directorate and Cardiff University, whilst also requiring and developing the depth of understanding associated with professional activity in teaching and learning in a research-led University. The assessment activities have been specifically designed to facilitate participants’ learning and achievement of the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO) and Programme Values.
Formative assessment elements include:
- written workshop reflections;
- developing and annotating lesson plans;
- mentor and PCUTL-peer review of learning and teaching;
- discussion with the PCUTL team and peers using technology-based tools;
- peer comment;
- public project presentation;
- mapping learning alignment to the UK Professional Standards Framework.
The formative elements for each module feed into, and comprise the bulk of the appendices for, the summative assessment. In all cases the summative assessment comprises a critically reflective teaching portfolio that requires participants to use an academic text to explain how the appendices support their achievement of the module’s Intended Learning Outcomes, Programme Values and claim to the appropriate standard of the UK Professional Standards Framework.
Summary of summative assessment
The following provides a summary of the type of assessment used in the programme.
Module 1 – Experiencing UK Higher Education Portfolio appendices (accompanied by a 500 word critically reflective text)
Due: 6 weeks after commencement of module
Module 2 – Teaching for learning Portfolio appendices (accompanied by a 1000 word critically reflective text)
Due: 10 weeks after commencement of module
Module 3 – Supporting learning through design and assessment Portfolio appendices (accompanied by a 2000 word critically reflective text)
Due: Flexibility ranging from 7 – 15 months after commencement of module
Module 4 – Teaching and Learning in Practice Portfolio appendices (as a 3,500 word critically reflective text and a 1500 word module project report)
Due: Flexibility ranging from 7 – 24 months after commencement of module
All assessment elements for each module are compulsory. In accordance with University regulations, participants are able to have one resubmission attempt per module. Successful completion of Module 1 is required before participants can progress to Module 3, but a first refer can be carried while participants undertake Module 2. Modules 2 and 3 must be successfully completed before participants can progress to the next module.
Summative assessment for Modules 1, 2 , 3 and 4 is marked by the PCUTL team.
Further information about the formative and summative assessment requirements for each module is available in the module description.