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The Associate Teachers course (AT) is an introductory teaching course designed for the University’s part-time teachers, known as associate teachers. These may be graduate teaching assistants, hourly-paid staff, sessional teachers or those who support learners in departments such as the Library and IT Services. This course is validated by Oxford Brookes as a 20 credit, Level 7 module; 'Learning and Teaching in Higher Education'. Upon completion, you will become eligible for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) which is the professional organisation concerned with teaching in Higher Education.
This module is also taken by those new to teaching in higher education alongside, ‘Inquiry and Reflection in Higher Education’, to make up the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE).
The module uses a dialogic and narrative approach, and offers an introduction to the fundamentals of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education. It has been designed to develop skills, confidence, scholarship and pleasure in teaching for those new to teaching in higher education. The module invites you to examine the field of teaching and learning in higher education in relation to your own theories and practices, to explore the stories of your own growing identity as a teacher, and to evaluate the development of your own teaching through a number of group and individual activities.
This programme aims to:
Your practice as a teacher in Higher Education will provide the basis on which you will be asked to present, discuss, and critically evaluate.
The course is organised around six ‘chapters’, covering induction, learning, teaching, design, diversity and assessment. Each chapter includes a range of content and resources, and online and offline activities, including a webinar and a face-to-face workshop. The course employs and models a range of approaches to learning, teaching and assessment to help participants develop a critical and informed awareness of the strengths and limitations of a range of strategies.
The University requires anyone who teaches for 50 or more hours a year at Oxford Brookes (including marking and preparation time) to complete this course; others are welcome to participate. Oxford Brookes also has a number of postgraduate students
who are required to teach as part of their funding arrangements and therefore need to attend this course.
For those who have only limited or periodic teaching responsibilities, OCSLD offers a one-and-a-half day ‘Introduction to learning and teaching in HE’ session.
Having completed this module successfully, you will be able to:
Digital and information literacy:
Critical self-awareness and personal literacy:
These objectives will be informed and underpinned by the values of the UK Professional Standards Framework: