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Teaching, Learning & Scholarship, Graduate Diploma

Course Details

Course Code: GDTLSCTPAD

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Graduate Diploma

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr. Michael Wride
Email:
Michael.Wride@ul.ie
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Brief Description

This programme provides high-level, scholarly, practice-based professional development for faculty to ensure competence in the areas of teaching, learning and scholarship within their professional contexts. It equips them with a range of skills, competencies, insights and capacities, which will ensure that they will bring the highest quality teaching and learning experiences to the students that they teach, while also managing and progressing their own scholarly careers.

This programme, resulting from an extensive programme review of the Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, has been developed in response to the National Professional Development Framework for mapping professional development in higher education from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.  An exit point is offered at 21 credits with the award of Graduate Certificate in Teaching Learning and Scholarship.

This programme will provide high-level, scholarly, practice-based professional development for faculty to ensure competence in the areas of teaching, learning and scholarship within their professional contexts. It will equip them with a range of skills, competencies, insights and capacities, which will ensure that they will bring the highest quality teaching and learning experiences to the students that they teach, while also managing and progressing their own scholarly careers.

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Explore and apply the theory of learning, pedagogy, scholarship and innovation directly to teaching, learning, research and scholarly practice in higher education settings.
  • Deliver high-quality teaching, reflection, articulation and feedback skills and apply them to their own research and teaching development and to the learning and development of their students across disciplines.
  • Develop communication skills, interpersonal skills and confidence to provide valuable learning experiences for students.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to adjust competencies to different kinds of higher education participants from the newest students to advanced research practitioners within a specific field.
  • Generate a continued commitment to professional development as a teacher and researcher in a higher education context.
  • Examine and evaluate areas where further learning and improved practice are needed.
  • Develop an awareness of their own learning preferences and those of students within a particular setting.
  • Demonstrate professional competence and engagement within the context of higher education.
  • Be proactive in designing learning opportunities for students and innovative in the delivery of same based on an awareness and experience of the key pillars of their academic role. 

For further information on the programme schedule for 2021, please click here

This programme is structured over three semesters due to the interactive and practical nature of the modules and associated credit structures. It is planned to run two of the modules in advance of week 1 of the Autumn semester to allow the participants an opportunity to engage with the theory and practice at the most appropriate time before they begin their own teaching. Following the next two modules, which will be delivered during the Autumn semester, participants who wish to exit with the 21-credit Certificate in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship can do so. In terms of time commitment on the Certificate programme in the Autumn Semester, one module is blended and so there will be a maximum of 3 blocks of two/three days intensive teaching. Those continuing to complete the 60-credit award will complete four modules in the Spring semester.  A summer school will take place in the third semester (summer), where participants will explore and engage in a 12-credit module on Contemporary Issues in Higher Education.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • TL5131 Planning for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (9 credits)
  • TL5091 Preparing an Effective Research, Writing and Publication Strategy (6 credits)
  • TL5101 Blended Learning (3 credits)
  • TL5111 Contemporary Learning Theory, Reflective Practice & Peer Observation in Higher Education 1 (3 credits)

Exit at this point with Certificate (21 credits)

  • TL5102 Contemporary Learning Theory, Reflective Practice &
    Peer Observation in Higher Education 2 (6 credits )
  • TL5112 Technology Enhanced Learning: Theory and Practice (6 credits)
  • TL5122 Writing for publication: Scholarly Dialogue and Presentation (6 credits)
  • TL5132 Feedback and Revision in Scholarly Writing (9 credits)
  • TL5003Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (12 credits)

Can graduate with award at this point or if achieving 2.1 hons can
progress to MA below

Masters of Arts in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher Education (90 credits)
  • TL6001 Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher
    Education Dissertation (30 credits)

 

  • TL6002 Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Higher
    Education Dissertation (30 credits)
 

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules

Teaching and Assessment

This programme will be delivered through a blended model of learning, with a focus on engagement in best practice and application of theory to the role of the academic.  UL Graduate Attributes are fully incorporated and weaved into all modules within the programme. Throughout the programme, participants have lectures, interactive sessions and task-based plenary contact time, complemented by practical work throughout each module, thus encouraging a high level of acquisition and collaboration.  Plenary contact time will comprise formal, interactive workshops, with a significant level of engagement with the material outside those scheduled sessions, including working on activities on the learning management system.  Participants will be required to be proactive in their use of time and approaches.  In addition, participants will engage in reflective practice throughout the programme and develop their own views, strategies, innovations and enhancements for their teaching, learning and scholarship and be able to articulate these clearly.

Contact time for each module will be condensed into blocks of two or three days (depending on module credit), supported subsequently by on-line interaction, task completion, portfolio development and peer-supported professional development. Self-directed work, academic writing and self-evaluation activities will also form part of the participants’ engagement on this programme. There will be a high level of collaboration throughout the various modules both through participation and assessment.
Faculty.

Contributing faculty will be drawn primarily from the Centre for Teaching and Learning and faculty from interdisciplinary areas. In addition, invited speakers from international universities will deliver key inputs on the programme.
 

Applicants must hold a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).  Applicants must be engaged in teaching in the higher or further education sector for the duration of the programme. Note: subject to the discretion of the course director an interview may form part of the selection process.

In the case of international students, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Team in consultation with UL Graduate School Admissions. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievement in a Standard English Language Competency Test will be required.

Please ensure that you provide evidence of the following in your application: 

  • Academic qualifications
  • Evidence of engagement in teaching in the higher or further education sector
  • If funded by an organisation, evidence of funding
  • Approval for dual registration, if currently registered on another programme in UL
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    AND
    • English language competency certificate

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*UL applicants should contact the course director for information on fee waivers and access to the CTL Further Study Application Form.  The Further Study Application Form should be submitted to Alison O’Regan in HR. A copy of the form submitted to HR should also be included in your programme application.

fees

*Employees at UL have the opportunity to avail of a fee waiver. Please see Graduate Diploma and Masters in Teaching Learning and Scholarship | UL - University of Limerick under ‘Fees’ for more details. External applicants and UL PhD Students are liable for full fees.

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

This programme will provide high-level, scholarly, practice-based professional development for faculty to ensure competence in the areas of teaching, learning and scholarship within their professional contexts. It will equip them with a range of skills, competencies, insights and capacities, which will ensure that they will bring the highest quality teaching and learning experiences to the students that they teach, while also managing and progressing their own scholarly careers.