Postgraduate taught 

Academic Practice MEd: Online distance learning

Creative Pedagogies for Active Learning EDUC5985

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Learning Enhancement and Acad Dev Service
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Active learning in higher education can sometimes feel challenging due to the infrastructure surrounding your learning and teaching practice. Through this course, you will explore the ways in which your pedagogy can be adapted for new and existing learning environments to enhance engagement and activity in your teaching.


10 synchronous online contact hours including a combination of workshops, seminars and student contributions

Excluded Courses





The summative assessment is a single submission consisting of two parts:


1. Two artefacts (ILO2, 50%)

2. A reflective commentary (ILO1, 50%)


You will create two artefacts (50%) and a reflective commentary (50%) to demonstrate how you will implement active pedagogies in your teaching. The two artefacts can be objects that you have created for teaching, lesson plans that outline active pedagogies, activities that you have planned for teaching or other 'teaching artefacts'. The artefacts should illustrate ILO 2 in particular. Your reflective commentary should link your two artefacts together, alongside literature, and should address ILO1 in particular. NB the 'artefacts' can be created throughout the duration of the course and do not have to be produced only on completion of teaching. They represent continuous, ongoing (i.e. not end-loaded) assessment.

Course Aims

This course aims to engage you in a wide and diversified debate of learning and teaching theories, with the emphasis on translating active pedagogies into your learning and teaching practice. You will critically reflect on these pedagogies and their applicability in your discipline, initiating the development of a portfolio of active pedagogies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course you should be able to:

1. Synthesise a range of influences (e.g. environment, activities and learning theories) on the development of active pedagogies; and

2. Apply active pedagogies to the design of learning and teaching practices.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.