Core Module Information
Module title: Developing as a Critical Educator

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: EDU11124
Module leader: Cameron Graham
School Department of Learning, Teaching & Enhancement
Subject area group: Learning and Teaching Enhancement


Description of module content:

In this module you will continue the in-depth development of your knowledge and practice as an educator through critically exploring the module topics. In alignment with the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), this module will enable you to explore in depth the key principles, theories, and concepts relating to learning and teaching in HE. Topics covered include a) learning design, b) curriculum design and development, c) quality assurance and quality enhancement, d) assessment for learning and principles of feedback. This module supports the further development of your pedagogical knowledge and reflective practice through critical engagement with these principles and concepts in relation to your own teaching context.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Critically explore principles of learning design, applying them to your own practice.
2. Critically engage with processes of quality assurance and enhancement.
3. Critically apply evidence-based teaching and support of learners in appropriate learning environments.
4. Critically engage with assessment for learning with appropriate application in own context.
5. Align your practice to relevant dimensions for UKPSF descriptor .

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Louise Drumm
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module’s learning and teaching approach is underpinned by the principles of experiential learning and co-creation of learning with students. You will be supported through workshops, digital materials, collaborative activities, and asynchronous discussion forums. During workshops, the module team will guide you through activities to develop and apply critical thinking and practices on teaching and supporting learning, and to support your alignment of practice with the dimensions of UKPSF Descriptor 2 [LO5]. You will also have the opportunity to benefit from the programme’s online scholarship space – a dedicated quiet time for study or writing, with other participants and tutors present for support.

Through a hands-on approach to quality assurance and enhancement, you will be tasked with applying these processes to your own teaching and that of your peers [LO2]. Through the formative and summative tasks, you will be embedding assessment for learning into the design of learning, and critically engaging with how feedback on students’ learning can be applied to your own practice [LO4].

Three units of the module will be designed and delivered by groups of module participants to their peers. You will be given your group and a topic, and the module team will supervise and advise on the completion of this task. Participating as a student on your peers' units will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the result of your peers’ learning designs, which you will then reflect upon in your portfolio on how they may apply in your own practice [LO1]. The module team will support you in your continuing engagement with education scholarship and evidence-based approaches to teaching during webinars, online materials and recommended reading. You will be asked to evidence your critical application of your reading on appropriate learning environments in your portfolio [LO3].

Formative Assessment:
There are two formative assessments in this module, a peer exchange of a module descriptor and a group task of student-led teaching and peer evaluation of the unit.

For the first formative assessment you will review and give feedback on a module descriptor provided by a peer in light of learning design principles and quality assurance and enhancement processes (week 2 or 4). In exchange, you will receive peer critique from another module participant on a module descriptor relevant to your own teaching and/or context. The experience of giving and receiving feedback will help you develop your module enhancement report which is part of your summative assessment (see below).

For the second formative assessment, as part of a group you will teach a unit (including assessment) to your peers (between weeks 6 and 11). The feedback you receive from peers and tutors, and your reflections on team teaching as well as on your experience of being a student in your peer's units, will feed into your summative portfolio (see below).

Summative Assessment:
There are two components which contribute to the summative assessment:
1. module enhancement report
2. a portfolio evidencing your developing practice.

Drawing on the feedback you received from the peer critique on your module descriptor and your learning during the student-led units, you will be tasked with creating a module enhancement report (week 12). Addressing these critiques, your enhancement report will outline suggestions for enhancement of the module with specific attention to quality assurance and enhancement, and assessment for learning [MLO2,4].

The second assessment is a portfolio (week 14) evidencing your developing practice and engagement with learning design and learning environments which critically reflects on your participation as a teacher and learner in the student-led units [MLO1,3, 5].

Further guidance will be provided in the assessment brief.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Practical classes and workshops 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 90
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 100
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 LO2 & LO4 12 HOURS= #..##
Portfolio 60 LO1, 3 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
EDU11124 Developing as a Critical Educator