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Learning and Teaching Methods

Learning and Teaching Methods

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment as part of your University Course. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning, so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your course. Our Foundation Degrees will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur inside and outside the classroom environment.

A variety of approaches to teaching and learning will be utilised to reflect the academic level, session content and outcomes. It is recognised that students will bring a diversity of experience, knowledge and cultural values, which provides a rich foundation from which to move forward.

Consequently, the choice and variety of learning and teaching methods used in each module will not only be selected to deliver the module content most effectively and to meet the range of an individual student’s needs; but also to best support the development of social, personal and employment skills. Teaching, learning and assessment will take place through a mixture of lectures, seminars, group activities, such as discussions, research and presentations, as well as completion of individual reflective journals. As our courses are work-based degrees, opportunities will be embedded for observation and supervisory guidance by college staff and more frequently, a workplace mentor whilst in practice.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. You tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. The Foundation Degree in Early Years will be facilities using a variety of media and online tools, such as Ebrary (library resources) and Moodle, which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online teaching and learning resources, quizzes and learning materials, as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. We hope that you will embrace all ICT opportunities that will your support your success on a University Course, such as taking part in online discussions with your peers. You will receive all the help you need from module tutors and technicians to meet any ICT needs you may have.

Engaging with e-learning will also help you to develop skills which are essential for your learning, and are also highly valued by employers. These include working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working, creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

As part of your formative assessment, you will be expected to participate actively in learning activities and engage with peers both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities will occur in both the classroom and the workplace. It is felt that this style of learning nurtures skills particularly relevant to working with people in business settings, as it helps to develop a variety of interpersonal and communication skills. The Foundation Degree programme is designed to introduce you to the requirements of academic writing at Level 4, leading you towards critical analysis at Level 5.

The first modules covered will provide you with the skills and knowledge to help you achieve success. Modules will often be launched with a lead lecture followed up by seminar work.

Lectures will consist of an oral presentation by the tutor to convey critical information, history, background, and theories relating to the subject being covered, whereas the seminar will be a group discussion to explore a specific topic raised during the lecture. This will be beneficial for exploration of the subject and consolidation of your knowledge and understanding. As mentioned above, your learning will also be enhanced via workshops in which you will work closely with other students to investigate and analyse a specific subject through discussion and activities, and also via tutorials, in which your tutor can meet with you on a one-to-one basis, or with a small group of students to discuss a specific area of the module.

Teaching and learning will be supplemented throughout the course, with extension learning materials which you will find on Moodle. You will, in most modules studied, find yourself with students studying the other one of our Foundation Degrees, which we believe will enrich and enhance part of your study, where you are likely to experience alternative viewpoints and learn from the experience of others in different fields of specialism. It is hoped that this will help you to become both creative and critical thinkers by learning how to “think outside of the box”.



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