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Learning and teaching: understanding your educational practice

This module is for those, who in some capacity are involved in educating learners in the 3–19 years age range. It offers significant interactivity as you engage with educational debates about how a rapidly changing, social and digital world is affecting learning, pedagogy and assessment in a variety of educational settings. It explores the key concepts from the perspective of learners (how is learning experienced), teachers (how is learning and teaching enacted) and contexts for education (how is learning and teaching organised). You’ll also focus on how learning and teaching is researched with a unit dedicated to researching practice.

Vocational relevance

We’ve designed this module to contribute to your current or future roles in relation to educational provision, with a strong emphasis on how the key concepts that underpin learning and teaching play out in practice. Part of the module’s activities will support your professional development planning. You’ll be encouraged to reflect explicitly on your digital information literacy skills and developing research skills, plus how you can use and continue to develop them in your context.

Qualifications

EE831 is an optional module in our:

EE831 is a compulsory module in our:

Module

Module code
EE831
Credits

Credits

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  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
60
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU Postgraduate
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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Module cost
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What you will study

In this module you'll review ideas about learning, pedagogy and assessment from the perspectives of learners, teachers and the educational context. The four sections are:

  • How are learning and teaching experienced?
  • How are learning and teaching enacted?
  • How are learning and teaching researched?
  • How are learning and teaching organised?

Section 1
In the first section, you’ll consider learners’ perspectives on learning, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. This includes the issue of pupil voice, how it’s accessed and used in educational settings. It also includes consideration of the concepts of learner identity and learner agency.

Section 2
In the next section, you’ll focus on educators’ perspectives on learning, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. This includes the consideration of the concepts of teacher agency and teacher identity, alongside teacher leadership, and some specific pedagogies such as dialogic teaching and the opportunities afforded by technology.

Section 3
In section three, you’ll learn about research design, including alternative research paradigms, research methods, and research ethics. Developing your research skills is an ongoing theme throughout the module.

Section 4
The last section focuses on educational settings, including culture and organisation. It considers the concepts of a learning organisation and a self-improving school (an intelligent school), alongside debates about what makes an effective learning organisation in the context of a changing world.

Each section considers concepts, in different educational contexts, through case studies from a range of international settings. Each section also includes an ‘activity week’ in which you’ll be provided with a set of resources and given the opportunity to reflect in depth, with others, on an issue or case study.

There’s opportunity for you to pursue your own interests within each section, so that by the end of the module you can consider yourself to be ‘expert’ on a chosen issue, having critically engaged with the literature and research in that area.

You will learn

The aims of the module are to:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of concepts and current debates about learning, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and contexts for education
  • develop your ability to apply this knowledge to considerations of practice
  • equip you with a high-quality, distinctive range of knowledge, skills and attributes needed for an increasingly competitive and international workplace
  • provide opportunities for you to engage with and contribute to a community of practice in addition to networks that are relevant to your academic or professional interests
  • support your personal and professional development.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You’ll have a tutor who will support your studies and mark and comment on your assignment work; you can also ask them for academic advice and guidance. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email and tutorials. Tutorials are offered via online meeting rooms and support is also facilitated asynchronously in tutor group forums and course forums. Tutors will also offer online sessions about aspects of the content of the module to the wider cohort of students on the module, which will be a good way to ‘meet’ other students and tutors.

Assessment

You can find the assessment details for this module in the facts box.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

Course work includes

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

Learning and teaching: understanding your educational practice (EE831) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2026.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Entry requirements

    You must have the minimum of a:

    • bachelors degree (in any subject) from a UK university, or
    • professional qualification equivalent to a UK bachelors degree, or
    • qualification from a university outside the UK and equivalent to a UK bachelors degree.

    Some knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching (around curriculum, pedagogy and assessment) will be expected.

    We recommend you have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 if English is not your first language.

    You’ll need access to an educational setting for 3–19 year olds (e.g. a school or other formal or informal setting). You could be teaching or assisting teaching; or working in an education advisory service, in educational administration or in an allied field.

    You must also have:

    *EE811, EE814, EE817 or one of the discontinued modules E805, E854, E855, E891, EE880, EXA884, EXC884, EXG884, EXL884, EXM884, EXN884, EXP884 or EXT884

    Outside the UK

    Synchronous tutorials and communications could be difficult to deliver to students outside the UK due to time differences. If you can’t attend the synchronous tutorials or make synchronous communications, you can use asynchronous alternative methods, such as watching recorded tutorials and emailing questions.

    Preparatory work

    If you haven’t studied EE830, we highly recommend you complete our badged open course Looking globally: the future of education. This free six-week course runs twice a year – in March and October.

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    This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2026.

    Future availability

    Learning and teaching: understanding your educational practice (EE831) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2026.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    Access to the module study materials via the module website.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

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    If you have a disability

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader (and where applicable: musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way). Our resources have been accessibility checked and information to support accessibility of these resources will be found on the module website, which is available during study. This includes alternative formats of the module materials where available, which may be extended in the future.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.