The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. It is a self-guided course for your professional development that you will work with alongside a self-identified critical friend, and fellow students. Your professional development will be supplemented and supported by our high quality materials. Each module offers a structured learning experience with a coherent set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria to support you in your learning.
The coursework includes the requirement to undertake critical reflection and professional discussions with your colleagues. You will engage in online forums throughout your studies and enjoy the benefits of being part of a network of teachers developing a community of practice. You will choose someone to act as a critical friend/peer mentor to support you in your learning. They will do this by listening and discussing ideas in a reflective way. The critical friend will observe your professional practice with an objective eye and make notes to support discussions. A handbook will be provided so that the critical friend (who is not your line manager or principal) understands their role.
All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided in the Virtual Learning Environment. This allows you to fit your studies around your working commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.
Throughout the programme, you will explore new areas of learning, reflecting on your own learning and teaching, and analyse and reflect on the experience of learning.
When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers online learning support, access to peer review software, reflective activities, informal discussion areas, and links to resources.
- The Online Library contains thousands of journal articles. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
- Online tutors will provide advice and feedback to help you manage and get the most from your studies.
The modules run from January to September and from September to March.
We expect participants to undertake one module per session, starting with ' Module 1: Professional Portfolio’.
The assessment strategy supports you in developing theoretically informed reflection on your own teaching practice.
Assessment is through coursework, and there are no examinations.
This module is assessed through submission of three different elements:
- A Portfolio of Activity as a record of engagement with the module activities;
- Evidence of Professional Practice through at least six annotated and critically considered observations of teaching;
- A short essay assignment (2,000 words) on one aspect of learning, developed through engagement with the module.
- Three short essays, making up one assignment which explore the themes developed from the teaching of the module plus a short synopsis (4,000 words).