GDTE Development/Teaching Philosophy

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GDTE microcourse: Teaching Philosophy


Design and development team

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  • Editorial and learning design review:
  • Open peer review from OERu partner institutions.

Course description

Course metrics:

  • Notional learning hours: 40 hours
  • Duration: 4 weeks, 10 hours per week including assessment
  • Assessment: 10 hours
  • Formal credit option: Yes
  • Course: One micro course from the Learning and Teaching in Practice
  • Credential: Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education
  • Level: 3rd year Bachelor Degree

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What will I learn?:

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What prerequisites should I have, if any?:

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Learning outcome: At the successful complete of this course, students will be able to:

integrate critical reflection into learning and teaching practice and engage in self-evaluation practices.&5. articulate and implement a beginning personal teaching philosophy based on own concepts and beliefs integrated with adult learning theoretical perspectives.

Session Learning pathway E-Activities Comments
Orientation generic to all micro courses(about doing a micro course) add Comments
Critical reflection and self evaluation Explore critical reflection in own teaching practice Useful links:
What is a teaching philosophy? Explore teaching philosophies and identify meaningful concepts useful links:
Develop a personal teaching philosophy Create philosophy statement - what I believe, what I do and rationale add Comments


Demonstrate, using examples from practice, how you:

  • integrate critical reflection into your learning and teaching practice, and
  • articulate and implement a beginning personal teaching philosophy.

In compiling your evidence to demonstrate the learning outcomes identified above include a narrative that:

  • explores what you have learned and the relevance of this to your work
  • includes discussion of how your new learning has impacted on your practice and influenced future actions you may take
  • is supported with educational literature and other forms of information
  • is supported with your choice of evidence, that is authentic, current, sufficient and relevant

Evidence must include:

  • outcomes of all the e-activities
  • micro-blog and discussion forum contributions - to be confirmed
  • any additional evidence that supports your learning

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OERu Opening Page blurb

Name of Course

Summary Sentence

What’s it about?

What will I learn?

This course is designed for educators who ....

What’s involved?

You will participate in an open international online course for 4 weeks. You will need to allocate up to 10 hours per week for the duration of the course including time spent on assessment activities. The course is divided into xx sessions inclusive of suggested learning activities:

Self directed study to complete the assessments for this course is included in the time allowance identified above for learners aiming for the Certificate of Achievement and/or credit towards the GDTE Teaching and Learning in Practice Course.


Anyone is free to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web browsing skills are recommended with the ability to create a blog and microblog account (instructions and self-study tutorials provided.)

Learners aiming to submit assessments for formal academic credit will need to meet the normal university admission requirements of the conferring institution (eg language proficiency and school leaving certificates).

Session 1: Orientation

Generic to all micro courses(about doing a micro course)

Session 2: Critical reflection and self evaluation

Using critical reflection for self evaluation.


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Session 3: What is a teaching philosophy?


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Philosophy of teaching statement

What is a teaching philosophy statement?



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Explore examples of teaching philosophies. Identify meaningful concepts.


Session 4: Develop a personal teaching philosophy

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