Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM288: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the precise contents of the course might vary from year to year, 

Stage 1 will cover:

  • An introduction to the principles of learning
  • How to plan sessions (including how to write intended learning outcomes and ensure constructive alignment),
  • Selection of teaching methods appropriate for groups of different sizes
  • How to promote student engagement
  • The importance of reflective practice, and how to engage in continuing professional development as an educator

Stage 2 expands on each of the major themes introduced in Stage 1, exploring each in more depth. This portion of the module will cover:

  • Planning student-centred sessions that facilitate active learning
  • Current education debates and how to find, evaluate, and utilize education innovations
  • Principles, design, and practice of assessment, marking, and feedback
  • Borrowing and adapting learning and teaching activities from other contexts and disciplines and adapting them to be relevant to your own education setting. How to use experiential learning and different forms of feedback to engage in reflective practice, and how to utilize the outcomes of that reflection to improve education experiences
  • Understanding your practice in relation to the UKPSF and other relevant benchmarks used in HE

Online preparatory and consolidation tasks may be required before and/or after each session. A thematic approach will be adopted to incorporate the wider context in which higher education operates.  These themes, which are threaded through the online and in-session activities and tasks, include cultural inclusivity, widening participation, accessibility, research-inspired education, technology-enhanced learning, and employability. 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities22Interactive lectures (Stage 1 and 2) and group tutorial
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities8Online tutor-facilitated preparation and consolidation work with group discussion boards
Guided Independent Study 50Preparing for teaching practice, reflection, and development of written reports
Guided Independent Study 20Peer observation and feedback activities
Guided Independent Study 60Reading and research
Guided Independent Study 30Web-based research and preparation tasks activity
Guided Independent Study 30Designing, implementing and evaluating feedback through dialogue with peers and students
Guided independent Study80Work-based activities: teaching, supporting students, planning, and/or assessment activities

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Please see the most recent LTHE ELE page


Other Learning Resources

LTHE tutors are available to provide guidance on all aspects of the programme. The LTHE team can provide access to a range of learning tools for you to use during microteaching or elsewhere in your practice. These include remote controls for in-class voting, digital audio and video recorders, online surveys, pointers/clickers, downloadable activities, and a variety of stationery (e.g., flipchart paper, flashcards, pedagogical literature, session plan templates). LTHE students are encouraged to make use of the specialist education library on the St Luke’s Campus.