FSLT aims to develop and extend your knowledge, understanding and skills of teaching and learning in Higher Education. It also aims to model the kind of learning environment in which you might find yourself working – one in which your learners will use a variety of distributed learning technologies. So you may find the course an unusual experience for several reasons. This is a kind of "health warning". We hope any discomfort will be only temporary!
- The course is offered with and without assessment. Those who register for credit and successfully complete the virtual conference (the summative assessment activity) will receive an OCSLD certificate and 10 transferable credits at postgraduate (master's) level (10 UK CATS points at level 7 or 5 ECTS points).
- A key principle of the course is learner autonomy. As such you can choose whether or not to engage with the activities and whether or not to interact with fellow participants, or the degree to which you want to engage and interact. If you register for credit you must complete the virtual conference and participate in the online webinars and discussions..
- Each week we will offer activities and discussions. The activities are practical and focus on developing your teaching and learning skills. This course provides a safe environment in which to practice and develop these skills and receive feedback from peers, some of whom will be your tutors. Suggested discussions will focus on relevant issues, which have been, or are being, discussed more widely. We will also suggest some readings. You are encouraged to suggest your own activities, discussions and readings.
- Learner autonomy brings with it responsibility. You may not have time to engage in everything. We expect you to pick and choose and follow your own lines of enquiry by reading, reflecting, collecting, creating and sharing ideas. The course is designed so that if you give it 2 or 3 hours a day, for 2 or 3 days a week you should be able to engage with all the topics, guest sessions and activities.
- While a key principle is learner autonomy, so too is social learning. The course has been designed to encourage participant interaction and open sharing of resources, learning, thoughts and ideas. We hope that participants will add to the course materials, initiate discussion and individually or collaboratively create learning resources, but your level of interaction with the course remains under your control. Having said that, we believe that learning is enhanced through cooperation, collaboration and open sharing.
- We recognise that learner preferences extend to the use of learning technologies. The Moodle site provides ‘home base’ for the course. We have provided a basic structure and the use of a limited range of technologies. However, you are free to meet in learning environments of your choice. For example you may wish to set up Facebook, Second Life or other groups. All we ask is that you openly share with all course participants by providing links to these sites.
Finally, learner autonomy does not mean that we are casting you adrift to sink or swim on this course. The course will be facilitated by experienced tutors who can be contacted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in the discussion forums at any time during the course. Participants are also encouraged to support each other. If you have a problem, just shout!
We look forward to working with you.