Teaching

In this section you will find a range of resources to support your CPD. Whether you are taking a formal qualification or just interested in developing your teaching skills, these resources will be valuable.

To complete the 'Teaching in College Today' course, speak to your manager at college and agree to have your teaching practice observed so that you can complete the assessment requirement.

There are a range of resources to support candidates taking either Unit of the PDA Teaching Practice. Please note, these courses are delivered by colleges and not through CDN, if you wish to complete them speak to your manager in college.


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This updated course will familiarise you with the most important aspects of lecturing in a college in Scotland today. The course is aimed at both inexperienced lecturers new in post and also experienced lecturers who want to find out more about  teaching and current ideas on learner engagement.

This Unit/Course has been designed to help you develop your understanding of cooperative learning, its background and its benefits to learners and to learning. The aim of this programme is to enable teaching and support staff in colleges and other learning environments to understand and apply the principles of cooperative learning to enhance learning effectiveness and the learner experience.

This Unit is part of the current SQA Professional Development Award (PDA) Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges. 

To support delivery of this PDA in colleges CDN have created a variety of learning resources and materials aimed at  lecturers who want to develop their understanding of how to plan, prepare and deliver  high quality learning and teaching experiences. 

These materials develop fundamental teaching skills and to engage with learners in ways that are effective, stimulating and relevant to a college setting, taking account of the learners' prior knowledge and skills, methods of learning, teaching and assessment, and the resources available to support learning.

With the launch of the new Professional Standards for college lecturers, this Unit and the PDA will be subject to review in the future to ensure that these new standards are reflected in the qualification. 

As an interim measure, these newly updated materials have been mapped against the new Professional Standards, and as such, cover content beyond the current SQA Unit Specification.

This Unit is aimed at both inexperienced lecturers new in post and also lecturers who want to find out more about learning and teaching or are changing their role in teaching. It is designed to enable candidates to develop fundamental teaching skills and to engage with learners in ways that are effective stimulating and relevant to a college setting.