HEDN602-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)

Tertiary Teaching Methods

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Examination of contemporary research on student learning. Exploration of the effects of participant’s teaching methods on how students learn in order to enhance student learning outcomes.

Want to get better at teaching but not sure where to start? Are good teachers born or created? What methods work across disciplines and contexts?

In HEDN602, we will explore these questions by tapping into local expertise through engaging sessions with Teaching Award winners from across campus. By coupling those sessions with relevant existing literature, we will consider what appears to work in the UC context alongside what appears to work elsewhere.

This course, as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, will equip you with the skills and knowledge to jump start your academic career and put you on the pathway towards such achievements as a Teaching Award and promotion.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to
1. Comprehend key results from the literature about tertiary teaching methods;
2. Reflect upon and critique evidence gathered about teaching methods;
3. Apply results from the educational literature on tertiary teaching methods to revise personal teaching.


Subject to approval of the Programme Coordinator


HEDN501, HEDN502

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 Rehua 530 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Billy O'Steen


Part 1: Pre-reflection
Submission Date: End of Week 2
Think about your current teaching methods. The term teaching method refers to the general principles, pedagogy and management strategies you use in your classroom. Your choice of teaching method depends on what fits you — your educational philosophy, students, subject area(s) and the context of where you work.
Building on your teaching philosophy, reflect on what your teaching methods are, what challenges you face in teaching your classes, what new teaching methods you would be interested in exploring or finding out more about, what questions you have about teaching methods. What teaching methods are “usually” adopted in your discipline?

Part 2: Research Report
Submission Date: End of Week 12
For the final assignment, look back to your pre-reflection, your weekly reflections (based on presentations and readings around teaching methods) and the discussions and responses in the forum. Using this suggested format, reflect on the research question and how the data you have gathered during the semester has influenced your own view of effective teaching and the methods you use to achieve this.


Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, Associate Professor Cheryl Brown. Please contact cheryl.brown@canterbury.ac.nz if you are interested in this course as UC staff may be eligible for Staff Tertiary Study Assistance and Lincoln and ARA staff may be eligible for a Canterbury Tertiary Alliance discount.

Academic Staff employed outside UC will need to make contact with their home University HR department to complete the required paperwork.

UC Staff need to progress through the following process:

• Apply through the Learning & Development, Staff Tertiary Study Assistance to undertake the study and to have the fees paid by UC. You can view the whole process for application at Staff Tertiary Study Assistance process or just link to the Application for Staff Tertiary Assistance Form.

• Please note, as part of this process you will need to provide evidence of your Qualification to HR.

• You may also wish to review the Request a Teaching Constraint for Timetabling process and discuss this with your Head to ensure you are available at the time the study is scheduled. If there are timetable issues please contact Associate Professor Cheryl Brown as flexibility may be available.

• Enrol as a student, you need to apply to enrol for your course(s), following the same process as all students.

• Go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol and follow the steps.

• You will receive an enrolment offer (this offer will show the normal tuition fees).

• On the enrolment offer, under Other Payment Method you must type in “Staff Tertiary Study Assistance” in order for your funding to be applied and your enrolment completed.

• Accept the enrolment offer.

• As part of the enrolment process you will need to provide passports/visas and other academic documents as required.  These documents may have already been provided to HR as part of your employment process but need to be resubmitted to Admissions.

• The University will then pay the agreed amount for your course/s of study

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

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