The programme seeks to provide a systematic yet flexible orientation to the knowledge, values, understanding and skills associated with education in a research-led university. The basic ethos of the programme is to enable participants to become more competent, confident and reflective teachers capable of facilitating high quality student learning at Cardiff University. The programme has been designed to meet the needs of the breadth of staff who support learning within the University.
Modules provide a practical, work-based and theoretical grounding and engage participants in a process of enquiry into their role as a teacher and facilitator of learning. Such enquiry is encouraged with reference to both discipline and inter-disciplinary contexts, and in relation to a diverse student body. External, discipline-specific networking is available through the Higher Education Academy.
Formally participants on the programme will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:
- presenting to a small group using an educational medium appropriate to the message;
- creating and using blogs;
- creating and using Blackboard discussion fora;
- creating and using Blackboard wikis;
- writing lesson plans;
- writing reflectively;
- facilitating someone else’s reflective practice through Peer Review of Learning and Teaching;
- providing feedback through written peer comment;
- designing inclusive learning resources;
- working collaboratively with peers in an activity of shared enquiry;
- presentation skills;
- critiquing / writing appropriate, constructively aligned modules / programmes of study, with accompanying assessment (of and for learning) strategies;
- critical review of topics-related, education literature;
- practise / development of research skills to support pedagogic enquiry;
- writing reports for dissemination;
- writing critically and reflectively.
As a programme of professional development for those who teach and support learning in Higher Education, PCUTL is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (the UKPSF). We have gained accreditation for the Programme such that it offers a pathway for recognition against the standards to both Descriptor 1 (Associate Fellow; Module 1 and Module 2 or Module 3 stand-alone) and Descriptor 2 (Fellow; Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3).