Footscray Park Campus

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This unit serves as an introduction to theories and principles in tertiary learning and teaching.

Note that this unit is offered in semester 2, 2019.

Please note: This unit is for VU staff only.

Unit details

This unit provides an introduction to the post-compulsory education environment, adult learning theories and principles, and approaches.

Participants will address the critical elements of quality teaching and learning grounded in androgogical research. They will apply those elements to specific disciplines or fields of study, and link theory and practice through a range of activities.

A variety of teaching contexts and modes are explored, including:

  • small and large group teaching contexts
  • blended, face-to-face and online learning modes.

This unit of study includes peer review and teaching observation accompanied by positive constructive feedback.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  • critique and propose adult learning to inform their teaching practice in the current post-secondary environment
  • review the characteristics of learners and teaching context, and articulate how these influence their own teaching practice
  • through reflective practice evaluate teaching practice including observation and constructive feedback
  • critically reflect on and justify changes to their own teaching practice, utilising scholarly approaches incorporating theoretical knowledge, peer observation, feedback, learner performance. 


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Analysis and observation activity (1,000 words). 20%
Portfolio Selection of evidence (2,000 words). 50%
Assignment Critical reflection of own learning and teaching using a scholarly approach to justify changes (2,000 words). 30%


Required reading

Recommended readings will be advised in the VU Collaborate space for this unit. There is no required textbook for this unit.

How to apply

You can apply for this unit as part of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education.