Active Learning & Assessment







15 Weeks


Part time - 30 Credit



Course leader

Judy Moore


in partnership with MDX Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowThis module has been designed for students wishing to support learners and to develop their knowledge and skills in teaching and assessment to an advanced level. You will focus on how students learn and what can be done to help them do this effectively and efficiently, and how this aligns to the assessment process. You will examine your practice in relation to a range of ideas and practice drawn from different subject disciplines in the field of learning and teaching. This module can be taken as a stand-alone module or as the first part of a pathway to a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Education.

This module is quality assured by Middlesex University and the student will receive a Middlesex University award on successful completion.

Course content

Module aims:
To provide the student with the opportunity to develop their expertise in teaching and assessing learners within their area of practice.

Knowledge (understanding):

  1. Critically analyse key educational concepts and theories related to adult learning and the impact of educational policy on the development of learners within own sphere of practice.
  2. Critically evaluate teaching and assessment methods for implementation in practice.

Skills (competencies):

  1. Devise and implement appropriate teaching and assessment methods for adult learners within own role.
  2. Critically analyse and reflect on the personal and professional development of self and adult learners


  • How learners learn and learning theory
  • Principles and practice of assessment
  • Planning, preparing and facilitating learning
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in educational practice.


The students will undertake 300 hours of independent and facilitated learning over one semester of 15 weeks. There will be aspects of shared learning with students undertaking this module at Level 6 although there will be opportunity for tutorials and specific teaching relevant to this level.

Our pedagogical approach, aligned to Universal Design for Learning (CAST 2018), is to offer a range of teaching and learning experience to enable deep learning and mastery of the subject. Using a blended learning multimedia approach, teaching content will be available using technology such as videos, narrated PowerPoints and podcasts through the Institute’s Learning Pod. Knowledge and understanding, as well as application to the student’s area of practice, will be developed through a range of teaching methods suited to the module content.

As part of the formative assessment of this module students will be expected to develop and present a proposed teaching plan. This will be peer reviewed and enable the students to develop their presentation skills, gain formative feedback to support their summative assessment and develop their written feedback skills.

There will be embedded sessions to address the expectations of studying at Masters level for all students who are new to this level of study, which will also be available to continuing students, as well as access to additional optional study skills sessions, both online and workshop based.

Assessment methods:
Peer reviewed presentation of a proposed teaching plan.

Task 1:

A critical analysis of the educational concepts and theories underpinning the teaching and assessment implemented in practice (3000 words) (LO 1&2 Knowledge)
50% of the total module mark

Task 2:
Option1: A critical reflection presented in an audio PowerPoint presentation on the personal and professional development of self and the learner/s (3000 words) (LO 1&2 skills)

Option 2: A written critical reflection on the personal and professional development of self and the learner/s (3000 words) (LO 1&2 skills)

50% of the total module mark 


Entry requirements

Students accessing this programme will normally hold a relevant first degree (2:2 or above). Consideration will be given to applicants who have extensive experience and can demonstrate that they have the equivalent 'graduate level' skills by virtue of this experience. These individuals will be able to seek alternative entry through the accreditation of prior learning process. International students must demonstrate competence in English language through IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components) or equivalent.

This programme will be open to all professionals in a role that involves adult education. Students must be in a role where they are involved in teaching and assessing adult learners

Fees and funding

Funding may be available for States of Guernsey employees. Please discuss with your manager.


This module forms part of the PGCert Professional Education. This programme will prepare your to teach adults in a professional context. Students who complete this programme may go on to work in higher and further education or have a teaching role in a practice setting.

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