Student focus: The Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert
Kingston University offers a Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert, specifically aimed at those who want to teach and who are already employed by institutions that deliver higher or further education courses.
The PgCert, run by the University’s Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP), is an online, distance learning course which promotes ‘active learning’. Students are trained to teach using ways which actively involve students and encourage them to take centre stage in their learning.
Hazel Turner lives in Chessington and works part-time as a midwife. Two days a week she teaches at the joint Faculty of Health Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.
“I’m currently on a teaching secondment to the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, but wanted to improve my teaching knowledge. A colleague told me that they had completed the PGCert and that it had helped them a lot, so the personal recommendation swung it for me.
“A lot of work is done in tutor groups, and certain modules are dependant on a certain amount of group working time, which is a great way of learning. The other students and I got to know each other well, even when we hadn’t met in person, and came to really support each other.
“Having a solid understanding about what teaching technologies, flexible study options and e-learning are available allows us to make studying more enticing to students again.”