Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in HE (PCTHE) Welcome and Introduction

PCTHE “Intro Day” and social lunch, 16 September 2015

0930-1530 Workshops Main Lecture Theater, John Henry Brookes Building

1200-1300 Social Lunch for New Lecturers at Brookes

Welcome to the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE).

The PCTHE starts with an “Intro Day”. If you are a new member of academic teaching staff at Brookes you should try to come to at least one half of the day and join us for a social welcome lunch to all new teaching staff between 1200 and 1300 outside the Main Lecture Theatre in the John Henry Brookes Building.

Scroll down to Intro-day schedule, Programme Handbook, Module Calendar and Assignment briefs.

Intro Day Programme

Updates will appear here as the programme is finalised.

We try to organise the Intro Day so that parts are aimed at slightly different subsets of the full cohort: those on different timelines: part-time, long-part-time, accredited prior learning (APL). But do not worry if you do not know where you fit, do try to come for the morning session. But, if you can’t, come to the afternoon. Everyone could benefit from the whole day. There will be ample time in both the morning and afternoon sessions to ask in detail about the structure and modules in the Programme. The design of the Intro Day has it that the morning session is broadly aimed at those participants who enter the programme without 20 level seven credits from elsewhere or are doing the course over two-years, long-part-time. The afternoon session is for those doing the full programme in one year (part-time) or who already have AFHEA or for any reason are only taking the final 40-credit capstone module P70409 Inquiry and Reflection in HE.

Brookes has led the way for a long time in developing people to teach in higher education. We boast “experts”, “passionate”, “thoroughly engaging”. And we allow that “… each module is taught differently.” I have been taking a lot of the lead in preparing the PCTHE for the past six or seven years and now that I finally have it in some sense of order I can pass it on. Hope it makes as much sense to Neil as it does to me. I am sure he will make more sense out of it than I have! But it has been an opportunity and a privilege to have been formed along with and through the PCTHE.

The Moodle site for the capstone, 40 credit module: Inquiry and Reflection in HE is no longer “hidden” But does not allow guest access. I’ll see if I can turn it on.  Much of the use of Moodle is to provide a wrapper for various documents and calendars which are for the most part developed and managed in Google’s Apps for Education: Calendar, Sheets, Docs and Slides. There is an intention that these be migrated into the repository.

The documents are easily reused.

My last task is to draft a cover letter, a welcome to the “Intro day” with a link to all those embedded documents. And this post makes that all public.

The module P70409 Inquiry and Reflection in Higher Education calendar is here

(you might need to scroll down for “more”) Eventually the Calendar will have relevant documents attached to the event listing

Programme Handbook: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE)

And there is a Programme Handbook (check for latest version)


Module handbooks

The Module virtual learning environment (VLE) sites are the primary source for information on course dates, events, assignment submission and deadlines. Our courses are taught intensively through their VLEs. Each module has its own Handbook, implemented as a Moodle Book in the module learning environment. These produce barely useable PDFs which are stripped of  interactive elements. Here is the P70409ModuleHandbook-MoodleBook. It provides a rough and ready view into everything needed in the module.

The actual assignment briefs are here:



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About the author

George Roberts

George has been at Oxford Brookes since 2000 and joined OCSLD in June 2006 as an Educational Developer (e-Learning). In his previous role he advised the Head of e-Learning and the Senior Management Team of the University on policy for off-campus e-learning and e-learning partnerships.

He leads the MA Education (Higher Education) and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) as well as conducting Course Design Intensives (CDIs) and other educational development activities: workshops and consultancies.

He leads the organisation of the annual Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference (BLTC) and is Managing Editor of the Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching.

George is a visiting Lecturer at Cranfield University and a Visiting Fellow of Edge Hill University.

He wrote his doctorate (July 2011) at the University of Southampton on biographical narratives of adult users of a community IT centre on a large social housing estate.

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