Foundations of Teaching for Learning 3: Learners and Learning

The teacher’s work becomes meaningful when it is informed by research and theories of learning, and their relationship to actual practice. This course provides an opportunity for you to identify and understand students’ expectations and prior learning.

About The Course

This course introduces you to important theories about learning, and to conditions which may help or constrain achievement in the students’ learning. 

It is part of the Foundations of Teaching for Learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

On the satisfactory completion of each course you will receive a statement of accomplishment related to the course. These courses form part of a Specialization and if you have enrolled for signature track and satisfactorily completed each of the eight courses in the Specialization you will be able to participate in the capstone project. On completion of the capstone project you will receive a verified Specialization certificate for the entire program. 

  • Is there any point in taking just one course out of the program?

Each course covers a different topic and can be taken separately though we would recommend that the introduction is taken first as it explains the techniques used and sets the scene for the other courses.  

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.