From the 2019/2020 Student Experience Survey we were delighted to find that the overall satisfaction rate with the programme is 90%. Positive feedback included:
- 93% agreed that the programme is intellectually stimulating.
- 88% of respondents confirmed that the programme is running smoothly and well organised.
- Two highly rated areas, which both scored 93%, and which are very relevant for our practice based programme, concerned opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth; and opportunities to bring ideas together from different topics.
- Challenge (86%) and Flexibility (85%) are also commended.
- Information provided is considered clear (85% positive agreement) and particularly information about assessment (88%).
In the words of some of our recent graduates:
“I feel as though I am now able to make informed judgments about course development and delivery. I have developed a more formed set of guiding principles for the purpose of Higher Education. My thoughts and actions towards education are more student-focussed in a deeper sense - now I ask what will benefit the student's development in the long term.” "It is a testament to the programme that it was able to increase my motivation and ability. I put this down to the fascinating topics and challenging assignments.”
Daniel Linton, Programme Leader (Foundation Year), Point Blank Music School, CDE Learning Gains Award winner, 2020
“I credit this award to the PGCHE – UOL team for their dedication, hard work, support towards my studies, my education, my knowledge, my skills gained, as I applied all the knowledge and skills I read online and learnt from discussion forums to enhance my students learning. My student’s satisfaction towards their learning has recognized me in achieving this prestigious award. Thank you to your and your excellent PGCHE team for all their support towards my studies in this program.”
Aiman Abousher, BUV Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award winner, 2019
"I feel enriched with insights of an academic kind offered to me on a carefully curated platter by the Tutors and Course Moderators on the PGCertHE.....My experience of the course has been thoroughly enriched by Peer Reviews on my submissions from other 'Learners' on this Module. Peers provide a critical and helpful sounding board for one’s ideas and their interpretation and viability, making peer review imperative to collaborative learning, especially in an online environment....I can't be thankful enough for the PG Cert opportunity for enabling the impact we are beginning to have in our local and national environment."
Ariyapriya Ganguly, Associate Professor of Social and Applied Psychology and Human Resource Management, Indian School of Business and Finance, New Delhi
"This programme has really deepened my understanding of the pedagogical principles that underlie all good teaching and learning. It gives the opportunity to reflect deeply on your professional teaching practice and improve it through engagement with the well curated curriculum of the relevant academic literature and concepts. The concepts come to life in the peer engagement with a community of educators located across the globe and through the reflective exercises well moderated by the tutors. I would strongly recommend this course."
Liz Wilkinson, The Careers Group, University of London
"The level of support from the University throughout the studies was excellent. Each and every essential reading was provided by the Virtual Learning Environment. Links to important and useful websites was shared. Further readings can be found through the online library. Soft copy textbooks are provided through the Kortext Apps. The coordinators and staff are quick to assist in searching for missing articles or resources needed. The design and structure of the virtual learning environment is very clear and systematic with clear instructions and steps to complete the activities, coursework, writing reflections and assignment with clear deadlines. The video lectures by tutors have been very helpful in providing a guideline on our next step."
Gary Ng Boon Hui, Head of Law Studies at Crescendo International College, Malaysia
"In the beginning I remember wondering what exactly I will be able to learn from this course after having taught for so many years. However, this proved to be a truly humbling experience. The exposure to such wide literature on learning theories increased my understanding of how to support learning, undertake assessment, provide feedback and introduced me to the world of blended e-learning. This course has given me a lot to think about. The best part of this journey was that it was not only through formal teaching but also through interaction with my peers who were from a variety of different backgrounds. The wealth of knowledge, experience, insights and perspectives I have had access to is unmatchable. I hope this makes a better learner as well as a teacher out of me."
Sarah Tarar, Head of Laws at UCL Lahore
"The PG Cert gave me exposure to important theories, tools and techniques of learning and teaching in higher education. This helped me understand what I was doing right in my teaching practice and gain confidence in the effectiveness of those methods, while reflecting on and identifying the many areas that needed improvements. It's an experience I would recommend to any conscientious educator, for it has the potential to transform your teaching and your students' learning."
Chiraag Mehta, Associate Director, Indian School of Business and Finance
"My learning from PGCertHE has most definitely helped me understand how distance learning happens from a learner’s perspective, having read so many theorists and having gone through the various tools at our disposal on e.g. assessment, I have learnt the importance of simplicity. How questions are framed to the importance of various assessment methods, their use and their variety. It all helps in making me a better head to make the right decisions keeping the learners in mind for the programmes I am looking after. As a teacher I have incorporated many things from the course into my teachings, from small things like peer review, to using Wiki and the importance of students existing knowledge (schemata) and so much more.
Since I have opted for the course with my colleague on campus I feel it has helped me immensely. The discussion forum and the padlets keep us engaged and the discussions resolve so many of our own concerns. The course has been an overall joy and so much learning. I would recommend it for anyone that is in Higher Education."
Kholah Yaruq Malik, Director International Qualifications and Quality Assurance The Millennium University College, Pakistan.