ALT Week 1: UKPSF stuff

In the spirit of reflection (practicing what we preach) I’m going to try and write a little about each ALT session after the event, to try and capture what I got from the session and to try and clarify anything that we didn’t have time to cover on the day.

The early part of the session was all about the “nuts and bolts” of the ALT module, focusing on the assessed components. The ALT module is assessed against its learning outcomes and three generic criteria from the UKPSF. Those of you who have already completed the LTHE Core module will already be very familiar with the UKPSF.

We view PGCAP portfolio submissions holistically, so over the course of the entire programme you should demonstrate achievement and success in all the dimensions of the framework including the areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values that make up Descriptor 2: A Fellow of the Academy (FHEA).  We don’t expect that you will necessarily be able to show all this through your ALT module submissions! 🙂

I will just go through the three criteria briefly and pick out a few of the key characteristics that are particularly relevant to the ALT Module.

Areas of Activity

Activity A2: “Teach and/or support learning – awareness of different approaches to and methods of teaching and supporting learning as well as a growing ability to choose the most appropriate approach”. Your ALT project should demonstrate that you have gone through a thought out process in the selection and implementation of your TEL intervention and that you weighed up the available options available an made your choice of technology in an informed rather than a random way.

Activity A4: Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance. Your project should show that you have considered student needs in the design of your TEL intervention – it is not just a case of “build it and they will come”

Core Knowledge

All of the Core Knowledge characteristics are relevant but the HEA make specific reference to …

Knowledge K4: The use and value of appropriate learning technologies. You should have plenty to include here but again the key word is ‘appropriate’ – how can you demonstrate that your project is appropriate?

Professional Values

Value  P3: Use evidence informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development. This is where your use and selection of the relevant literature comes in and how it relates back to your project – this also refers to how you solicit and use the opinion of your students, peers, tutors, colleagues formally (through evaluation) and informally.

Value P4: Acknowledges the wider context in which higher education operates recognising the implications for professional practice. This is where you will demonstrate that you have considered how your project relates to a wider educational landscape  perhaps considering … DDA, WP, QAA, employability, retention, engagement, institutional policies and procedures.

I may have to write another post very soon as this has been hijacked by the UKPSF, which is not quite what I intended when I started writing. Oh well … Pete

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Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) University of Salford (UK)
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