A change in how we do things

How to get into your modules in Moodle

There has been a major change to the way the Student Record System works at Brookes. Students now “manage their own programme”. This means they now need to use their own Personal Information Pages (PIP) to add Modules to their programmes of study. Previously this was done by Programme Administrators. I confess this has caught me and Fiona by surprise!

For the purposes of the New Lecturers Course in all of its modes, participants are students of the University as well as, in many cases, members of staff.

This means that in order to get into Moodle you will need to add your own module(s) to your programme.

As soon as your enrolment forms are processed (some have been already and those who enroled recently may need to wait a day or two) you will be able to log on to your Personal Information Pages (PIP) using your student number and password. Do not log on as staff!

You will find the PIP log in under the Student drop down menu at the top right of the Brookes Home Page. Here is the document from Student Central that tells you how to do this.

You may have to make choices.

If you are only doing the Associate Teacher Course, this is “MU80”. You will only add one module

  • “Learning and Teaching in Higher Education” (P70405)

If you are doing the full Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in HE this is MU61. You have four options.

Option 1:

  • If you are doing the PCTHE, over 2 years (“long part time – LPT) you only add one module at the moment. For September 2015 start, you add:
    • “Learning and Teaching in Higher Education” (P70405)

You will add the 2nd module next September 2016.

Option 2:

For those who started last year, September 2014, you will have already completed either P70405 or two online modules from P70407, P70408 or P70410 and will need to only add:

    • “Inquiry and Reflection in Higher Education” (P70409)

Option 3:

  • If you are doing the PCTHE all in one year you add two modules:
    • “Learning and Teaching in Higher Education” (P70405)
    • “Inquiry and Reflection in Higher Education” (P70409)

Option 4:

  • If you have applied for admission with credit for prior learning (APL/APEL) you should add only one module at this time:
    • “Inquiry and Reflection in Higher Education” (P70409)
    • We will endeavour to give you an answer to your application as soon as we can. Many of you indicated only recently that you wish to apply with credit. If after a conversation with you we decide that you need to do both modules you will have to add “Learning and Teaching in Higher Education” (P70405) to your programme.

I hope this makes clear what you will need to do. A covert aim of the programme is, of course, for you to learn what processes your students go through. We hadn’t intended to ask you to develop empathy quite this suddenly! If you have any questions please do contact Fiona Smith (flsmith [at] brookes [dot] ac [dot] uk) or George Roberts (groberts [etc]).

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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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