To support you to meet your identified learning needs, teaching will be centred on learning which is led by you and linked to your workplace experiences. Therefore, the module leader will be a facilitator of learning rather than a repository of all knowledge.
In order to acknowledge that a significant proportion of learning for these modules takes place in the workplace, and to meet the many demands placed on you, the modules’ learning and teaching approaches will consist of a mix of face-to-face and online activities to provide a connectedness between university and work-based learning. For example, core information may be provided via narrated PowerPoint presentations and workbooks while learning at university may encompass formative peer-feedback, learner-centric activities which fuse theoretical and practical knowledge and active learning opportunities. Consequently the number of face-to-face days for academic direction may vary according to the particular needs of the specific module, but in general academic direction will incorporate face-to-face, directed and online activities.
During the period in between modules students will be asked to make use of models coaching and leadership in their organisations/systems to enable them to link theory with practice. This use will be supported by blended learning materials in a Pebblepad workbook which expand on the earlier presented materials and structure and encourage reflection on how successful was the use of a model or technique. The Pebblepad workbook will also introduce articles pertinent to using a coaching style as leaders and ask students to critically examine their leadership practice and the extent to which these behaviours are being demonstrated.
The work-based learning element within the Programme is primarily based around your work within a relevant setting where you will be able to recognise, create and apply knowledge and skills through and for work as well as at work. This approach to learning will allow you to demonstrate knowledge and skill development relevant to your coaching for leadership role and enable you to enhance workplace practice and consider new ways of working. You will have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate learning that has occurred at, through and for work with your personal academic tutor both informally and formally throughout your learning journey.
To support the learner-centred autonomy, integration of academic study and the development of new skills and vice versa you will be required to set up and maintain an e-portfolio, for the duration of your programme. The concept of the e-portfolio will be introduced in the first module. It will encompass postgraduate skills development; workbooks; reflections related to the your personal learning and development which may include extracts from reflective learning logs or reflective learning diaries while undertaking the programme and how you are meeting your identified learning outcomes.