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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM288: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the precise contents of the course might vary from year to year, the full one day course (Stage 1) will cover an introduction to the principles of learning, planning of teaching and writing intended learning outcomes, teaching methods for large and small groups, problem solving for student engagement, and microteaching.

Stage 2 will cover:

  • Planning of teaching for interactive learning
  • Principles, design and practice of assessment, marking and feedback
  • Microteaching
  • Reflection and evaluation on own practice
  • Engaging in professional development, including peer review, education literature and student feedback
  • LTHE assessment – evidencing UKPSF (towards the Associate Fellowship application element of the assessment) and writing a reflective account of your practice (at NQF level 7)
  • Exploration of current education debates and disciplinary contexts and approaches to teaching and learning

A series of online preparatory and consolidation tasks will be required before and after each session. A thematic approach will be adopted to incorporate the wider context in which higher education operates.  These themes, which are threaded through the online and in-session activities and tasks, include cultural inclusivity, widening participation, accessibility, research-inspired education, technology enhanced learning and employability.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities22Interactive lectures (stage 1 and 2) and group tutorials.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities8Online tutor-facilitated preparation and consolidation work with group discussion boards
Guided Independent Study 50Preparing for teaching practice, reflection and writing up reports of observations.
Guided Independent Study 20Peer observation and feedback activities
Guided Independent Study 60Reading and research
Guided Independent Study 30Web-based research and preparation tasks activity
Guided Independent Study 30Designing, implementing and evaluating feedback through dialogue with peers and students
Guided independent Study80Work-based activities: teaching, supporting students, planning, and/or assessment activities

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

You will have access to an online searchable readings and resources database, with links to several e-books available on Exeter Learning Environment (ELE).  Within this environment, you will also be supported through an online tutor, online discussion forums and activities. The LTHE ELE can be found at 

You will also have access to a range of learning technologies for use during microteaching, such as voting technology, and digital audio and video recorders.