Throughout this course you will work both individually and cooperatively within a learning circle. You will get to know the contemporary vocational education learning environments and you have also an opportunity to develop your facilitating learning skills. At the beginning  you need to familiarize yourself with the course objectives, content and assessment criteria. On the basis of that you need to identify your own skills and competences, and define your own aims to further develop your skills as a learning facilitator. 

This course includes practice periods that require you to plan, implement, and assess a series of teaching activities. You can complete this individually or in combination with members of your learning circle.  

If you are a beginner as a teacher, your objective may be developing the basic competence related to the planning and implementation of facilitating learning. However, if you already master the basic questions related to the planning and implementation of facilitating learning, your objective may well be developing one area of learning facilitation even further. If you, according to your own self-assessment, already possess the skills and knowledge of a competent teacher and master the competence which is the learning outcome of this course, you can attain the study credits for this course by demonstrating your competence. 

The implementation of the series of teaching can be planned and implemented either individually or within your peers in a learning circle. These practice periods will also be video recorded according to the instructions that will be given at the seminars. The members of the learning circle will be your peer tutors. Each trainee teacher needs to analyse others’ teaching and participate in feedback discussions. It is important that all have an opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences. 

You will get feedback from your mentor, colleagues, peers, and your teacher trainer. Throughout the course, you should write your reflection diary and collect material for your portfolio. 

This course promotes the student’s facilitating learning skills, learning environment skills, interaction skills, agency skills and reflection skills. These skills are also assessed within this course. The course covers the Teaching practice of Vocational Teacher Education.  

The course work begins in autumn 2017 and is guided by your teacher trainer.  

You will find the learning assignments of this course in the Optima online learning environment before the orientation days. 

Intended learning outcomes 

The student is aware of the phenomena related to learning and learning through interaction. The student knows the different learning environments of vocational learning and knows how to plan, implement and assess meaningful and theoretically and ethically sound learning situations and modules in relevant, appropriate environments. The student understands the significance of assessing learning process and learning outcomes and knows how to reflect upon their own activities as a facilitator of learning.    

Acquiring competence 

If you have just started or are just about to start working as a teacher, you can acquire the competence required in the course by completing the learning tasks included in the course. You will start the course by getting to know different learning environments in vocational education, teacher’s work and the student groups together with your student colleagues. You will familiarise yourself with the different cognitive and theoretical starting points of learning and the facilitation of learning through literature, various online materials and tutoring sessions. For the purposes of developing your learning facilitation skills, you will plan, implement and assess a sufficiently extensive teaching project. 

If you have already worked as a teacher, you can use the learning tasks in this course to develop your learning-facilitation competence based on your personal learning plan. You will plan, implement and evaluate a sufficiently extensive teaching project and, in the framework of the project, focus on developing an area that is particularly meaningful to you as a teacher. For this purpose, you will acquire the required skills and knowledge by familiarising yourself with the relevant literature and online materials and participating in tutoring sessions which discuss the basic questions related to the facilitation of learning. 

You may already have acquired the competence indicated as the learning outcome of this course by working as a teacher and studying pedagogy. 

Demonstrating competence 

You can demonstrate the competence which is the targeted learning outcome of this course in various ways, depending on your personal starting points and objectives. 

If you already have extensive experience of teaching, development competence and a strong knowledge of pedagogic theories, you can verify your competence with demonstrations. Demonstrations consist of your demonstration portfolio and concrete planning and implementation of learning facilitation. Based on your demonstration portfolio and demonstrations on learning facilitation, your teacher trainer shall make a decision on whether the course can be accredited as a whole or whether you should complement your competence in some areas.   

If you have already worked as a teacher, you can agree with your trainer on the kinds of learning tasks and other evaluation materials with which you can demonstrate your mastery of the learning outcomes of the course. The assessment materials shall always contain the planning and implementation of a concrete learning facilitation situation.   

If you have just started or are just about to start working as a teacher, you can demonstrate your competence as required in the course by completing learning tasks included in the course. The essential assessment materials shall always contain the planning and implementation of a concrete learning facilitation situation. 

Assessment of the learning process and competence 

During this course facilitating learning skills, learning environment skills, interaction skills, agency skills and reflection skills are assessed. The assessment materials for the learning process consist of the learning tasks of the course, observations, self-assessment tasks and feedback from peer assessment.   

You will receive guidance and feedback from the supervising teacher of your teaching practice institution, your teacher colleagues, peer tutors and your teacher trainer at the Teacher Education College. 

The assessment of competence is criterion referenced and the assessment decision is made by the teacher trainer once the learning tasks have been completed. The assessment decision is made on a pass/fail scale. The assessment material consists of the learning tasks of the course or the demonstration material.