Teaching CPD E-Learning Modules

Summary of the Content of Teaching Support Modules.

Creative Teaching Module 1

This module looks at the characteristics of creative and innovative teaching methods and the relevance of :

  • Technology mediated learning
  • Active Learning Techniques
  • Games, Creating & Making learning activities
  • Skills Learning

to tutors’ teaching practice.

Creative Teaching Module 2

This module looks at:

  • The basic elements of Whole Brain or Power Teaching.
  • The importance of ensuring that where technology is used, it adds value to the learning event.
  • What Blended Learning is and how it can be incorporated within your teaching.
  • Producing a robust personal Teaching Improvement Strategy.
  • Identifying at least 3 creative teaching methods you could use in your teaching.

Initial Diagnostics & Assessment Module.

This module looks at:

  • Why initial diagnostics are important.
  • Why it is important and how, we can ensure that initial diagnostics are proportionate, appropriately sophisticated, and cover all the things they need to.
  • How to integrate course specific and other initial assessment activities and why this is important.
  • Why we need to make activities gradually more difficult for diagnostic purposes.
  • How initial diagnostics for areas like literacy and numeracy can be integrated with subject specific diagnostic activities.
  • The importance of thinking about the approach taken with learners.

Stretch & Challenge Module

This module looks at:

  • What is meant by the phrase stretch and challenge in an adult learning setting.
  • Differentiation of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • The benefits to learners of differentiated learning activities.
  • Nine effective techniques of differentiation.
  • Stretch and challenge in a range of learning contexts.


Learning Support

This module looks at:

  • What is meant by the term ‘learning support’ in an adult learning context?
  • The types of learning support needs learners may have.
  • The indicators that a learner may be in need of support.
  • The types of support all tutors should be able to provide with  basic English and Math skills, and  ICT.
  • Circumstances where the support required is quite significant and a case for an LSA needs to be made, or possibly a specialist diagnostic is needed.

Target Setting

This module looks at:

  • Why we develop targets with learners
  • Identifying different types of targets that need to be used
  • Different ways to help learners own their targets
  • Identifying the characteristics of well-written targets  
  • Developing action plans to help learners achieve their targets.

Session Planning

This module looks at:

  • The purpose of a session plan.
  • Session plan structures.
  • The importance of well defined session learning outcomes.
  • Session-content sequencing.
  • Timings for learning activities in sessions.
  • What has to be taken into account regarding accommodation and equipment availability when developing session plans.
  • The concept of episodes to support effective session planning.


Learning Outcomes

This module looks at:

  • The purposes a session learning outcome serves.
  • The difference between an Outcome and an Objective.
  • 5 types of learning outcomes and  how these can apply to different subjects.
  • The 3 domains of learning and how these relate to the learning outcomes.
  • The application of conditions and standards / quality to learning outcomes.

Embedding Math and English Introduction Module.

This module looks at:

  • Why you are being asked to incorporate Math and English skills development opportunities within the subject you teach.
  • The benefits to learners of enhancing their Math and English skills.
  • That tutors are not being asked to become Math and English teachers or artificially  insert English and Maths into courses.
  • The purpose and value of doing a Math and English skills audit and how it should impact on course and delivery.
  • How Peer Support can play a role in implementing Math and English development opportunities. 


Embedding English Module.

This module looks at:

  • The categories and sub-categories we can use to describe the English skills that we should seek to provide development opportunities for.
  • Practical ways of embedding:
    • speaking listening and communicating skills development opportunities
    • reading skills development opportunities
    • writing skills development opportunities.

Classroom Management

This module looks at:

  • How to create  an engaging and stimulating learning environment.
  • The value of and how to create appropriate and effective ground rules to regulate the learning environment.
  • What effective behaviour management in adult learning contexts looks like.
  • How effective organisation of resources and equipment helps to facilitate efficient learning.
  • How the visual dimensions of the learning environment can contribute to learning.
  • How the organisation of the learning area seating arrangements can enable or inhibit learning.
  • How organising who sits with whom contributes to learning.



This module looks at:

  • what is meant by the term 'assessment', the different types of assessment, the activities assessment involves and whether you need to extend the range of assessment methods you use
  • what an assessment strategy is and looks like, how the detail of a strategy can be developed, and how we go about choosing and amending an assessment strategy
  • what formative assessment is and the role of questioning to enable learning
  • common types of questions, how tutors can improve questioning methods including how questions can be asked at different levels to stretch and challenge learners
  • how both Bloom's and Dalton's taxonomy can help tutors use questioning more effectively
  • the wide range of assessment techniques tutors can use to enable and check learning
  • the features of both poorly designed and well-designed assessments
  • what effective summative assessment design and implementation looks like
  • Internal Verifier tasks which check assessment decisions and assessment design
  • the creation and use of assessment evidence portfolios, paper-based and e-portfolios
  • significant considerations for the selection and implementation of commercial e-portfolios.

Embedding Math Module

This module looks at:

  • the specific types off Math skills that could be explored in and through the subject you teach
  • practical ways of embedding a range of different Math skills (as they apply to the subject you teach) including: 
    • basic Math operations
    • measurement / estimation
    • data analysis
    • representation of data
    • number operations.

Self Evaluation

This module looks at:

  • what robust self evaluation criteria look like 
  • identifying what a tutors’ teaching and training strengths are, and identifying areas where there is scope for improvement
  • how tutors can go about achieving improvement to their teaching or training practice
  • how learner feedback can and should inform how tutors’ evaluate their teaching.


This module looks at:

  • What is RARPA?
  • Why RARPA exists?
  • What the 5 stages of RARPA are.
  • How RARPA applies to your teaching.



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