During this course I have considered more HOW we learn, what makes us learn and familiarized myself with different learning theories. New information just makes you realize how much more you need to study to gain a good understanding and this takes time.

In this course, you will discover the main theories and concepts of learning, as well as, the significance of educational research in teacher's thinking and practices. You will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding related to the facilitating learning.

Upon the completion of this course, you will understand the basic concepts of education and the professional terminology used in teacher’s work. You will be capable of searching for information independently and can find up-to-date sources of information, research and reports important to your own work.

Further, you will be familiar with learning as a phenomenon and gain deepened understanding on the different phases of learning process, and their implications on planning, implementation and assessing learning. You will also be able to assess and reflect your own learning realistically and with justification.

Modes of study

Prescribed reading, online learning sessions and assignments. Final submission of assignments by 30.9.2018.  You will find additional learning materials and assignments in the Optima online learning environment.


  • Knowles, M.S.; Holton III, E.F. & Swanson, R. A. 2005. THE ADULT LEARNER, The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. London: Elsevier.
  • Woolfolk, A. (2013). Educational Psychology. 12th ed. Pearson.
  • Jarvis, P. & Parker, S. (Eds.) 2007. Human learning. An holistic approach. New York: Routledge.

Note: Previously completed university level studies in Educational Sciences or Adult Education or Vocational Pedagogy can be substituted for this course.

Intended learning outcomes

The student will understand the opportunities the studies on human learning and development have on facilitating learning. The student will be able to follow educational research, and  be able to utilise the knowledge of human development and learning in supporting the professional growth of their students and developing their own professional teacher identity.

Acquiring competence

You can acquire the competence required by this course by participating in the online course and completing the learning assignments and reflection tasks.

Previously completed university level studies in Educational Sciences or Adult Education Sciences can be substituted for this course.

Demonstrating competence

You can demonstrate the competence required by this course by completing the learning assignments and reflection tasks  in an approved manner.

Assessment of the learning process and competence

In this course, we will assess the facilitating learning skills and reflection skills. The tools for assessing the learning process are various self-assessment tasks, a test evaluating your knowledge and the peer assessment feedback.

The teacher educator makes the assessment decision once all 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.