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PGCAP is the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice an in-service programme designed to support offer initial teaching development of university staff. The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy against the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in HE (UKPSF). It is aimed for colleagues who have substantive teaching and learning support responsibilities including module and/or programme design and development.
PGCAP aims to foster a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of practitioners to share ideas and develop a discourse about educational practice in HE. The programme helps you to situate yourself as an individual academic and teacher within the issues and concerns of your department, your discipline, Lancaster University and the wider academic context, to support the development of your professional aspirations and achievements. It seeks to enhance the students' learning experience and your confidence and skills as an HE teacher by working on your practical teaching skills, developing evaluation techniques, using peer review and observation of teaching, and by investigating teaching and learning resources.
Integrating knowledge and understanding of pedagogical principles and values with your practical know-how is considered essential. This is developed on this programme by critically engaging with educational and subject-specific literature and research, having dialogues with peers and tutors, and writing critically and reflectively about your practice. The assessment is designed to emerge from your own work as a university educator, and much of the experiential learning and reflection takes place 'on-the-job' in your department.
The programme is structured into the following modules:
Credit for PGCAP predecessor modules over five years old will have expired. Colleagues in this position would need to complete an APEL process to rejoin the programme via a bridging pathway. If in any doubt, please contact OED directly to discuss your development needs.
Colleagues new to Lancaster may have undertaken certificated programmes or modules of teaching development at their previous institutions. In some instances there may be scope to award Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) against some of the PGCAP programme, depending on the level and nature of the study completed. In all cases colleagues will be required to provide a study transcript and evidence of completion. Please contact OED to arrange to discuss in further detail.
Enquiries: Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator
The process for considering applications for PGCAP 2018/19 is now underway and there has been a high demand for places - application is therefore currently closed and a waiting list is in operation.
Please note that places for the programme are limited and priority will be given to colleagues undertaking PGCAP as part of their probationary agreement, or Gateway PDR (50th Lectureships).
DEP MODULE TIMETABLE starting September 2018 (subject to amendment)
Tuesday 18th or Thursday 20th September 2018.
9.30 am - 3.30 pm
Select one of more from a choice of workshops, details to be announced at the start of the module
Various times during the periods shown below:SV13 (24th Sept) and WK 1 (8th Oct) Selection of sessions will happen via the module Moodle site.
Welcome Week (1st Oct)
Tuesday 23rd or Thursday 25th October 2018
9.30 - 11.30 am
Tuesday 6th or Thursday 8th November 2018
WK5 (5th Nov)
Tuesday 20th or Thursday 22nd November 2018
Tuesday 4th or Thursday 6th December 2018
Tutor facilitated from 7th - 18th January 2019
Group Module Design
Tuesday 29th or Thursday 31st January 2019
9.30 am - 3.30 pm*
Tuesday 12th or Thursday 14th February 2019
am or pm by agreement
Tuesday 26th or Thursday 28th February 2019
Bookable slots at various times across these dates
WK19 (11th March) & WK20 (18th March)
Final Assessment Deadline
29th April 2019
* Facilitated workshop until 11:30, thereafter the room can be used at the discretion of individual groups
PGCAP Module Two: Individual Curriculum Enquiry (ICE) (20 credits, Level 7)
Registrations for the next iteration of PGCAP Module Two - ICE, commencing in September 2018, are now open. Successful completion of PGCAP Module One (DEP) is a pre-requisite. If you are intending to join ICE but have not indicated this to the team please do so by emailing Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator
For information about eligibility, and to register an interest please email Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator
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