edu4het teaching in higher education




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Building on the foundations developed in EDU4CTL, participants focus on deepening and extending their knowledge of the theory and research of higher education teaching. The aim is to prepare participants to reflect on, critique and challenge their current practice in ways that inform and develop a scholarly approach to teaching. Participants engage with a range of theoretical perspectives and research related to higher education teaching, and consider their potential application to their work. Participants are guided through questions related to effectiveness, evidence and ethics in higher education teaching, and consider the challenges involved in balancing teaching against the other roles required for a successful academic career.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPatrick Kennedy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules


Co-requisites Course RCHE - Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. EDU4CTL

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identified and described the challenges facing higher education teaching and learning in the current climate

Reading, class exercises and discussion

02. Developed and communicated insights into the key theories and research perspectives about teaching in higher education context

Reading, class discussion and textual analysis

03. Composed a personal Philosophy of Teaching statement and explained its significance for developing an overarching narrative of participants' higher education teaching practice

Reading, class discussion and case studies

04. Explored the evidentiary basis for making claims about the effectiveness and impact of participants' higher education teaching practice

Reading, class discussion and LMS posts

05. Examined issues of ethics and values in higher education teaching

Reading, case study vignettes and group analysis

06. Drawn on the research evidence to identify how to re-evaluate, refresh and improve participants' own approach to higher education teaching.

Reading, video clips and discussion

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Summer 3, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhonda Hallett

Class requirements

Five 2.5 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Plus online learning"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Gathering Teaching Evidence (1000 words)(eg, peer observation of teaching, or peer review of curriculum, or closing the feedback loop with students)2003, 04, 05, 06
Negotiated final project (3000 words)(Teaching Potfolio or Reflective Essay or Teaching Award application or negotiated project)6001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Teaching Audit Exercise (1000 words)2001, 02, 03, 04