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Learning & Teaching

In this section you'll find learning and teaching resources for lecturing and support staff. 

For lecturers with less experience in a formal educational role, 'Teaching in Colleges Today' is a great first step. For those looking to develop new skills in a priority area, try our 'Data Science in Colleges' course.

Inclusion in learning is everyone's responsibility. We can  improve the educational experience for all students by being more aware of the needs of certain groups of students and the latest approaches that enable students to access and succeed at college. Check your knowledge and find new ideas in our Wellbeing & Inclusion section.

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Description
This course will help to familiarise you with the most important aspects of lecturing in a college in Scotland today. It is aimed at inexperienced college lecturers, new in post, but may also be of interest to any lecturer wanting to refresh their understanding of teaching and assessment practices and current educational initiatives and policies.

Audience/Level
New in post college lecturers/ Beginner

Duration
8-9 hours to work through online content (30 hrs to complete the full Unit - online content, teaching observation and assessments).

Prerequisites
This online learning material can be used by anyone, but only college lecturers in Scotland can be formally assessed and gain accreditation of their learning.

Description
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. Its aim is to help you understand and apply the principles of cooperative learning to enhance learning effectiveness and the learner experience.

Audience/Level
Teaching and support staff /Beginner

Duration
3-4 hours.

Prerequisites
None

Description
This self-study online materials include a range of information that can be used to support college lecturers completing the GC84 49 PDA Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges SCQF level 9 award. The content and material in each section is aligned and mapped to the current Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland's Colleges. 

*CDN will be updating these materials during 2021 as the GC84 49 PDA award is in its lapsing period following the recent development of the GR5K 49 PDA award. Although there are specific differences in the unit evidence requirements for thestwo PDAs the majority of the online learning materials are relevant for candidates completing either PDA award. 

Audience/Level
College lecturers and staff involved in learning, teaching and assessing learners/ Intermediate 

Duration
8-9 hours.

Prerequisites
Some prior knowledge of learning, teaching and assessment practices would be beneficial.

Description
An Educational Support Worker is someone who would normally support an individual to overcome barriers to learning to help eliminate an unfair disadvantage such as a disability. This module should be regarded as an introduction to continuous personal development opportunities and form the foundation for completing the PDA Learner Support qualification.

Audience/Level
Staff in a supporting role within an educational environment

Duration
Approximately 3 hours.

Prequisites
None.

Description
A 6-module course which demonstrates how everyone can benefit from learning more about the data that flows around us. You will be introduced to the basics of data science, covering collection, storage, analysis and application, and given the option to develop a learning activity for students.

Audience/Level
Designed for lecturers, but suitable for anyone with an interest in Data Science/Beginner

Duration
12-15 hours (including development of student learning activity)

Prequisites
None.

Description
This online content complements the information on the Safety Groups UK web site which supports the Learning Occupational Health by Experiencing Risk (LOcHER) project. This resource includes information on how the LOcHER approach can be used to deliver Health and Safety learning within the Scottish college curriculum.

Audience/Level
Any college staff/lecturers involved in the delivery of health and safety learning/ Beginner

Duration
3 hours.

Prerequisites
None

Description

A comprehensive set of resources to support the Certificate of Work Readiness programme. Useful for those delivering employability skills in any curriculum area, with tutor resources, learner materials and session ideas covering every aspect. Includes a section specifically designed to support working with learners on SCQF level 1 and level 2 courses.

Audience/Level
Those involved with delivery of employability skills in any curriculum area.

Duration
3 hours.

Prequisites
None.

Description
In 2009/10, CDN, in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, produced a self-evaluation framework for the Embedding of Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum (EEDC). This framework is an update of that earlier version, taking into account the years of legal and behavioural change, incorporating further research, guides and models developed since 2009/10.

Audience/Level
College staff, particularly those involved in developing equality, diversity and inclusivity as well as those engaged in learning and teaching. The module has been aligned to SCQF Level 7.

Duration
Approximately 4 hours.

Prequisites
None.