Teaching in a Tertiary Setting - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Report - Teaching for quality learning (60%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit is based on an approach to teacher development, which requires participants to become well versed in key learning theories and to illustrate such understanding through a demonstration of selected teaching skills in personal teaching situations. This unit encourages participants to be reflective about the implementation of various teaching skills and their role as a facilitator of learning through the application of a personal teaching portfolio.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explore the scholarship of teaching through the analysis of the theories, concepts and practices of teaching and assess the application to personal teaching circumstances
  2. assess the range of policies impacting on teaching and learning at a university and examine contemporary challenges to teaching and ways in which they can be overcome
  3. examine teaching strategies and select strategies appropriate to individual circumstances and/or discipline
  4. examine cycles of critical reflection and the role of student evaluation of teaching
  5. demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism, paraphrasing and the principles of Academic Integrity.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Report — Teaching for quality learning (60%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Reflective practice
2Attributes & skills of an adult educator
3Constructivist approaches to teaching
4Planning & preparation
5Developing program objectives
6Motivating adults to learn
7Course portfolio
8The lecture
9Demonstrations & simulations
10The discussion
11Critical thinking techniques
12The case study
13Flexible delivery
14Frame of reference
15The professional learning community
16The information-processing and behavioural systems
17The social & personal families

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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