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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.
Registration is now closed for PGCAP 2017/18. Applications for the PGCAP 2018/19 will open again mid to late June 2018. Please contact Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator to be added to the waiting list.
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:
There are pathways for colleagues who started PGCAP under its previous structure, and for those who are joining the programme having previously completed the Associate Teacher Programme (ATP), formerly known as Supporting Learning Programme (SLP).
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
Registration is currently closed for PGCAP 2017/18.
Applications for the PGCAP 2018/19, commencing with Module One in September 2018, will open mid to late June 2018. Please contact Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator to be added to the waiting list.
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 provisional timetable starting September 2017
Registrations are currently closed for the Michaelmas 2017 cohort.
For further information or to register an interest, please contact Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator.
For information about eligibility please refer to Transition Pathways
Registrations for this pathway are open. To register an interest please email Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator
For timetabling information please see the sessions identified in the DEP module above.
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