The following is an outline of the course, which may be subject to amendment as the course unfolds, in response to participant needs and emergent directions.


Session One: Planning an effective teaching session


  • What to include in your session planning
  • Planning for learning outcomes
  • Harnessing student motivation
  • Planning and delivering an effective lecture
  • Direct instruction


Session Two: Active, interactive and collaborative learning


  • How to plan, implement and evaluate collaborative learning
  • Using collaborative learning with large classes
  • How to plan, implement and evaluate active and interactive learning
  • Developments in learner-centred, engaged learning


Session Three: Effective tutor and student talk in classrooms


  • Effective questioning, explaining, summarizing
  • Effective discussions


Session Four: Planning a typical classroom session: a practical introduction


  • Key elements of planning
  • How to structure a teaching session, with key stages
  • Tasks and roles for students and teachers
  • Transitions and their management
  • Evaluating the session


Session Five: Blended learning and Moodle (1)


  • How to approach blended learning inside and outside classrooms
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating courses with blended learning
  • Practical issues in blended learning
  • Uploading and downloading


Session Six: Blended learning and Moodle (2)


  • Collaborative learning inside and outside classrooms with blended learning
  • Interactive learning and software with blended learning
  • Internet-based learning and assessment
  • How to plan and implement collaborative learning with blended learning


Session Seven: Assessing students (1): Planning formative and summative assessments


  • Key issues in formative assessment
  • Gap analysis and rich feedback
  • Assessment for learning
  • Key elements of assessment
  • Types of assessment


Session Eight: Assessing students (2): Assessment rubrics and performance assessment


  • Assessment rubrics and how to write them
  • Holistic and analytic rubrics
  • Planning for the assessment of performance
  • The M.U.S.T. guidelines on assessment
  • Authentic assessment


Session Nine: Assessing students (3): Reliability and validity in assessment


  • Ensuring reliability and validity in assessments
  • Kinds of reliability and validity
  • Key challenges in reliability and validity
  • Moderation and agreement trials


Session Ten: Evaluation and Self-evaluation


  • Key issues in evaluation and self-evaluation of your teaching
  • What and how to evaluate your teaching
  • How to act on self-evaluations
  • Using student evaluations of teaching to promote effective teaching and learning