Teaching for Learning in Tertiary Education: Foundations and Beyond

Unit code: AET6001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Online Self-Paced


Participants establish a shared foundational understanding of effective and responsive teaching practice in tertiary education informed by contemporary adult learning theories, frameworks and principles. Drawing on their experiences and evidence-based research, participants address the critical elements of quality teaching and learning promoted by the VU Block model; studying one subject at a time guided by active, collaborative, engaged and flexible strategies to enhance education for all students. Participants will apply those elements to specific disciplines or fields of study, and link theory and practice through a range of interactive activities. They will explore a variety of physical and online teaching and learning contexts and modes of delivery for diverse student cohorts. To further develop participants’ teaching practices, they will engage in observation of active teaching and learning techniques, and provide collegial, constructive feedback through structured peer review. Participants will also justify the selection and application of relevant teaching frameworks by creating purposeful lesson plans, putting it all into practice for a small group micro-teach. Primarily online self-paced, this unit has two optional Saturday morning workshops providing valuable opportunities for peer learning and networking The final assessment takes place in week 4.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critique and advocate use of contemporary adult learning theories to inform their teaching practice in innovative tertiary education environments such as the VU Block mode;
  2. Investigate key elements of learning and teaching, and articulate how they are contextualised in their own teaching practice;
  3. Evaluate teaching practice through reflection including observation and constructive feedback for continuous improvement;
  4. Reconstruct their own teaching practice; with a justification of changes combining theoretical knowledge, peer observation, feedback and learner performance.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 20%
Teaching Observation: provide constructive feedback, and analyse and reflect on impact
Assessment type: Review
Grade: 25%
Critique your own teaching practice through adult learning theories and frameworks
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 35%
Scholarly informed lesson plans and mind-map
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Micro-teach 20 mins from lesson plan

Required reading

Links to recommended readings for this unit will be provided to students via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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