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University of Ulster recognises the importance of a diverse approach to teaching in order to enhance our students’ learning experience and embrace key partnerships across a range of sectors. There are a variety of roles involved in teaching and assessment at Ulster including:

  • Recognised university teachers
  • Hourly paid teachers
  • Staff teaching at partnership centres
  • Work-based learning providers
  • E-tutor

*Some of these roles may not be employed either on substantive contracts or directly by the University of Ulster.

If you fit one of these categories, you can undertake this professional learning course and develop your understanding of teaching and learning approaches in higher education.

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Learning objectives

This course aims to provide you with:

  • an introduction to the UK higher education context
  • an introduction to expectations for learning, teaching and assessment at Ulster University
  • an opportunity to reflect on current practice and identify further development plans
  • raised awareness of opportunities for gaining HEA fellowship via Advance Higher Education (AdvanceHE)
  • knowledge to support the quality of the educational provision you provide

Course units

  1. Introduction to this course
  2. The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Environment
  3. Ulster University Learning and Teaching Priorities
  4. Inclusive Practice
  5. Planning for Effective Learning
  6. Engaging Learners
  7. Assessment and feedback for Learning
  8. Evaluating and Enhancing Practice
  9. Technology Enhanced Learning
  10. Learning Environments
  11. Professional Development and Recognition
  12. Your Assessment


You will be asked to complete a short reflective task based on the course.

Successful completion will lead to the award of an Ulster certificate of professional learning.

The task is aligned to the requirements for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Participants may wish to build on their assignment and use it as the basis for a direct fellowship application to Advance HE.

How the course is delivered

  • The course is available online through a series of short interactive videos and resources and is delivered through Blackboard Learn.
  • It's designed around a number of short units and each unit should take no longer than 1 hour.
  • It's flexible to allow you to engage with the units at your own pace and work around your other commitments.
  • We encourage you to apply your learnings to your own educational practice.
  • Ongoing support is available through the course team.

How to apply

Enrolment is open all year long and assessment points are awarded in March, June and October for those who wish to gain the certificate of completion.

If you are interested in signing up for this course, you will need an active Ulster University ‘a’ code.

If you don’t currently have one, please discuss this with the member of Ulster staff who you work with. The course is free for those who meet this requirement.

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Contact one of our Course Team for more information: