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PGA Technology Enhanced Learning

Are you interested in developing your use of technology to support teaching and learning?

This is an opportunity to work on a TEL project, gain recognition through the HEA and a Postgraduate Award in Technology Enhanced Learning.

The next cohort for the PGA in Technology Enhanced Learning will be running from April 2018. To apply for a place on the course complete the application form here.

Please contact me if you would like any further information -

PGA TEL is a part-time, practice-based programme, which supports participants as they carry out a Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) project. Participants can choose to undertake the course as unaccredited professional development, or can enrol onto the Postgraduate Award (30 CATS), successful completion of which also awards Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and an option to work towards Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This is a flexible course and can be completed online and/or face to face.

APP TEL is open to all staff at the University of Warwick who have a role in teaching, development or learning support.

Please note: as the programme is project based, participants will need to have the opportunity to develop a technology enhanced learning project. If you are unsure that your role offers this potential, please contact us to discuss your situation.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • support participants to develop a conceptual and practical understanding of technology enhanced learning;
  • enhance participants’ skills and abilities in the use of technology enhanced learning through design, implementation and evaluation of a teaching and learning project;
  • equip participants with a research-based approach to the development of teaching and learning activities, drawing on relevant theoretical frameworks;
  • support participants to adopt open and positive attitudes towards opportunities for continuing professional development in which they can identify and work towards their own professional goals;
  • identify and evaluation approaches for embedding technology enhanced learning effectively into a wide range of learning activities across the institution, and to evaluate and disseminate the outcomes of these interventions.

Through completing the course participants will develop an understanding of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), allowing them to align their practice to Descriptor 1 and achieve Associate Fellowship status. More details on the UKPSF, the Descriptors and levels of Fellowship can be found via the HEA website.

The intended learning outcomes for the course are outlined below and are mapped to the UKPSF Areas of Activity (A), Core Knowledge (K) and Professional Values (V).

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • conduct a review of technology in learning and teaching showing an informed awareness of current debates and issues around technology enhanced learning in higher education, including how accessibility and inclusivity underpin academic and/or professional practice (A1, K2, K4, V1, V3, V2, V4);
  • critically analyse opportunities and constraints in using technology to support learning, showing an awareness of ideas and theories around effective pedagogical application of technology enhanced learning (A1, A4, K1*, K2, K4, V1, V3);
  • design a learning resource or learning activity integrating appropriate information and/or communications technology (A1, K1*, K2, K4, V1, V2 V3);
  • plan and implement a strategy to incorporate a learning resource or activity (using appropriate technology) in their teaching (A1, A4, K2, K4, V1, V3);
  • evaluate a technology enhanced learning intervention, its impact and their own performance with consideration of the existing evidence base (A4, A5, K2, K4, K5, V3, V4);
  • engage in reflective dialogue with colleagues and disseminate their project findings (A5, K1*, K2, K4, V3);
  • review, plan and undertake appropriate actions related to their own continuing professional development (A5, K2, K4, K5, V3, V4).

In addition, participants will have demonstrated clear and effective written and online communication skills, and aligned their practice to Descriptor 1 of the UKPSF.

The reference to K1 in these learning outcomes indicates where participants will be expected to demonstrate their subject specific knowledge as they explore the use of technology enhanced learning and design their projects.

The programme is comprised of a series of:

  • workshops – introducing the core concepts and underpinning pedagogical theory, as well as providing the opportunity to engage with a range of tools and technologies and discuss these face-to-face and online;
  • structured online activities - designed to encourage reflection at key stages of project design and implementation these will give participants the opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow participants as well as developing critical reflections on approaches adopted from both teacher and learner perspectives. There are six activities, four of which form part of the assessed work for the course for participants on the accredited route, but participants on the non-accredited route are also encouraged to join in.

This course offers a flexible delivery mode allowing participants to choose between online and face-to-face workshops, blending their engagement to fit with existing commitments. The core content covered in the workshops is consistent across the two delivery modes. In addition, all participants will be required to engage with the assessed online activities, and encouraged to engage with further discussion and debate in the online course space.

A key part of the course is working together to share and explore different ideas and approaches, and supporting each other through discussion and debate through face-to-face discussions and online debates that take place as part of these workshops. Based on students’ prior experiences (particularly when studying online) we strongly encourage participants to organise themselves into smaller study groups, meeting regularly to continue these discussions either face-to-face or online.

Participants will also be invited to join a series of Participant Liaison Groups (PLGs) over lunch, which provide participants with the opportunity to share their views on the course, discuss their experiences and consider how these might impact on their own approaches to use of technology enhanced learning.

The course also provides scheduled drop-in sessions and development time for participants to work on their projects.

The programme is designed to be completed within 12 months.

If you are enrolled on the accredited route you will need to complete a number of assessed online activities and a case study of your project. Each of the assessed elements of the portfolio is designed to support you in evidencing how you have met the Learning Outcomes for the Course and demonstrated your engagement UKPSF dimensions of practice as outlined in the table below.


In addition to these you will have demonstrated how you have demonstrated clear and effective written and online communication skills throughout all of the assessed activities.

If a piece of work does not meet the requirements for a pass participants will be offered one opportunity to revise and resubmit their work. Prior to resubmission you will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the work with one of the markers.