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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - MA

Why study this course?

The MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is an integrated and supported course that enables you to:

  • Take a lead in the development of the teaching of your subject
  • Critically engage with theories of learning and teaching in higher education
  • Engage in research in learning and teaching in higher education

In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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The MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is an integrated and supported course that enables you to:

  • Take a lead in the development of the teaching of your subject
  • Critically engage with theories of learning and teaching in higher education
  • Engage in research in learning and teaching in higher education

The HE Academy-accredited option within the course leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate. This engages with the course’s aims at the level of the subject, developing practitioners who are able to take a role in the development of teaching within their subject, and who are informed by theory, research and engagement with research related to their practice. The full MA option develops practitioners with a broader view of the teaching and learning process through additional modules focusing on the wider context. These practitioners are expected to engage with national debates about the development of learning and teaching, both within their subject and in general, and to enhance knowledge of the processes of learning and teaching through their dissertation/project.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including essays, portfolios, presentations and project reports, as well as assessment and evaluation by your peers.

You will be required to:

  • be currently teaching in a higher education institution

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The FSL module is the first, core, module of the HEA-Fellowship accredited PGCert LTHE programme. FSL lays the foundation for this professional work-based learning programme. Here, much of the raw material is derived from participants’ own current Learning & Teaching (L&T) Practice in HE.

    The module is supported by a specific programme of workshops, through systematic investigation of practice through the critical reflective practitioner model. This model facilitates effective initial professional development and for future CPD purposes to enable L&T practitioners to continually enhance students’ learning through their developing L&T practice.

    The peer review and observations of L&T practice are an integral element in this process.

    Participants are required to demonstrate the integration of critical reflection with analysis of L&T experience and underpin this all with the theoretical concepts, models and research from the current literature on learning and teaching in Higher Education and the role of HE today.

    As these are all important elements in the professional development of teachers in HE, the assessment for the module brings together all elements into a developmental whole.

    The FSL module thus aims to enable new and experienced staff with responsibilities for student learning and achievement to develop their professional competence in the delivery of teaching and/or the facilitation of student learning in higher education in a critically reflective and scholarly manner, armed with an understanding of how students may learn best, aimed at enhancing the student learning experience.

    This critical, systematic investigation of participants’ own professional practice is undertaken through exploration from the ‘micro’ to the ‘macro’-level and back again (i.e. from participants’ own L&T practice / experience / ideas, through to the context of your own subject/professional area, set within this University’s context – all set within the wider UK HE policy context, and back again to the individual), particularly through using critical reflection before, in and on action (Schon, 1987).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)
    • all year (January start)

    The module provides participants with the opportunity for sustained scholarly work of an independent and original nature, in an area of professional interest with regards to learning and teaching in higher education.
    This may take the form of a theoretical and/or empirical investigation (Dissertation) or substantive practice-based Project which is critically evaluated.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module explores, at an advanced level, psychological, socio-cultural, philosophical and educational theories, models and perspectives pertinent to learning and teaching in higher education, and considers the relevance and applicability of these theoretical perspectives to one’s own subject/professional context and practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday

    Applying Learning Technologies focuses on the wider issues of educational technology with specific reference to the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) for teaching learning and assessment, including the use of social media and other open educational resources.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The concept of the curriculum brings together issues of teaching, learning, assessment and the use of supporting technologies. This module addresses the overarching and institutional context of teaching and learning in HE, and provides holistic frameworks for design and evaluation of the learning experience. These frameworks are applied to projects related to the participants' own subject areas.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    Facilitating Online Learning & Collaboration focuses on the facilitative aspects of the design, delivery and management of learning, teaching, feedback and assessment processes online. The syllabus addresses the use of supportive technologies such as online journals, online discussions and blogs, as well as the management and assessment of collaborative group activities within virtual learning environments. The principles, models and methodologies of delivering and/or supporting learning and teaching using online means are investigated within the context of participants’ own professional development needs. Successful completion of the module will allow participants to apply the practice, principles and processes of collaborative online learning within their own professional context.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module examines the role that assessment plays within the overall learning process in Higher Education.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module permits some negotiated study in an area of the participant’s (or identified group’s) choice, and is an opportunity for it to be largely self-directed.

    The focus of the module is negotiated between module tutor and participant(s). It may be used as an opportunity
    to further develop expertise in teaching and learning in the participant’s own academic discipline,
    or any other aspect of teaching and learning in Higher Education that has not been appropriately
    addressed in other programme modules.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    The focus of this module is upon developing those research skills that are needed in order to
    provide cogent research in learning and teaching in higher education. The module is designed to
    give a broad an overview of research methods and to facilitate the investigation of individual
    research interests in teaching and learning

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday

    Web-based Learning & Teaching focuses specifically on the design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment within managed learning environments (MLE). It is intended for education professionals who wish to investigate and critically examine the professional context for implementing and applying learning technologies for 21st Century learners. The module focuses specifically on the design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment within managed learning environments (MLE).

    The module is aligned with the requirements of the SEDA award: Supporting Learning with Technology, as well as the award of 20 credits towards the Masters in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. At the end of the module, successful participants will have:

    • Participated in an online event as an e-learner
    • Designed, developed and implemented an online teaching module
    • Managed and administered learners online
    • Designed, delivered and evaluated online assessment
    • Integrated open educational resources within a formal learning management system
    • Interacted with other online practitioners in a community of practice

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For the HE Academy-accredited option students will take three modules, which lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate. For the MA, students will take six modules and complete a dissertation/project.

Core modules:

  • Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Dissertation/Project

Other designated modules cover a range of related issues, allowing choice within the focus on learning and teaching in higher education.

This course is a professional development programme for those currently engaged in teaching and/or support of learning at higher education level. Successful participants are encouraged to go on to leadership roles, and/or to undertake further research and publication, in the field of learning and teaching in higher education.

PGCert LTHE provides eligibility for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA); eLearning modules are accredited by the Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA)

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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Please note, fees and course details may be subject to change. 

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information

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