Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Course descriptions - Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

ACADPRAC 701 (A) (15 pts) and (B) (15 pts)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Participants will become familiar with theoretically informed scholarly literature on tertiary learning and teaching, including the educational literature of their own disciplines, and they will test pedagogical theory against practice. All assignments and assessments will be integrated as closely as possible with the participant’s current teaching activities.

ACADPRAC 702 (15 pts)

Academic Citizenship and Professionalism
Designed to help academic staff negotiate the apparently conflicting demands of teaching, research and service. Participants will explore the governmental, institutional and disciplinary contexts in which their professional practice takes place. They will devise and implement synergistic strategies for fostering their own continuing professional development as teachers, researchers, and citizens of the academy.

ACADPRAC 703 (15 pts)

Special topic: Engagement in Digital Learning and Teaching (online course)
How can we provide a "high quality learning environment that maximises the opportunity for [...] our increasingly diverse, demanding and technologically sophisticated student body?" (University of Auckland Strategic Plan, 2013-2020). What are the challenges faced by the contemporary educator?

Engagement in Digital Learning and Teaching, draws on international best practice in the use of technologies to promote and support research-informed innovation in teaching and learning that enhances student engagement and achievement.

ACADPRAC 704 (15pts)

Special Topic: Research Writing: Politics, Pleasure and Style
Focussing on research writing’s social negotiations, this paper supports the engagement with research writing. Consideration of the composition of a strong research portfolio and the social context of research writing, its politics, will frame practical hands-on writing work. Participants will engage with methods and strategies for sustaining productivity and increasing writing pleasure. Coursework will be based on writing for publication.

ACADPRAC 706 (15 pts)

Special Topic: Independent Project
A guided research project based on current issues in learning and teaching. You will be assigned to work one-on-one with a supervisor.