Developing Academic Practice unit

This unit is part of our MA Academic Practice. Participants are introduced to educational theory and design a learning activity relevant to their own context. PhD students and others interested in teaching are welcome to apply.

Contact: Mark Armstrong m.m.armstrong@arts.ac.uk

Before the unit you will be asked to:

  • Read one or two articles to frame your initial reflections on learning.

During the unit you will:

  • Attend two interactive workshops (10:00 – 16:30) which introduce educational theory and approaches to designing learning activities.
  • Attend a group tutorial to develop your response to the unit brief.
  • Design a learning activity addressing an educational issue pertinent to your teaching.
  • Present your activity as a 5-7 minute online audio-visual presentation (5-7 minutes).
  • Give and receive peer feedback.
  • Produce a short written reflection (750 words) on the design process.

Visit the Teaching and Learning Exchange website for more information about the unit or to apply. You can also find more information about the MA Academic Practice on our website.

Inclusive Learning and Teaching Unit

This unit is part of our MA Academic Practice. Participants explore the implications of an increasingly diverse student population for higher education policy and practice. It is worth 20 credits, and can contribute towards a PG Cert in Academic Practice.

Contact: Mark Armstrong m.m.armstrong@arts.ac.uk

Before the unit you will be asked to:

  • Write 250 words about your understanding of inclusive learning within your own context.
  • Read a short extract from one of the reading list texts for discussion in the workshop.

During the unit you will:

  • Attend three workshops (09:30-16:30) to explore current debates in literature, policy and practice around an increasingly diverse population of students.
  • Consider theoretical models of diversity and social justice in higher education and reflect on your own position and assumptions about diversity and inclusivity.
  • Complete 3 blogging tasks responding to articles or websites and reflecting about your blog experience (20% of the unit grade).
  • Write a short essay (1,500 words) on the concept of inclusive pedagogy (30% of the unit grade).
  • Submit a 2,500 word report on a curriculum innovation you have carried out or are planning to carry out within your area around inclusive learning (50% of the unit grade)

Visit the Teaching and Learning Exchange website for more information about the unit or to apply. You can also find more information about the MA Academic Practice.