Short Courses

Postgraduate Tutoring Principles and Practice

Teaching team: Clare Gormley and Rob Lowney




The purpose of this module is to introduce postgraduate students acting as tutors and demonstrators to pedagogic theory and practical approaches to teaching and learning. The course takes a learner-centered approach and reflective practice is key to the learning process.

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GS602 module descriptor

The module is aimed mainly at postgraduate students undertaking work as tutors (and in some cases laboratory demonstrators) but has also helped those who have completed their PhD and are now tutoring. It encourages sound reflective practice, engagement with core learning theories, and the construction of a practically useful teaching portfolio.

This module is usually delivered over the course of a semester and comprises a mix of synchronous workshops and asynchronous engagement (tasks, self-study, group work, peer review, etc.) Loop provides the basic module learning materials and supplementary resources.

The module is entirely assessed by e-portfolio, on a pass/fail basis.

The Teaching Enhancement Team at Dublin City University teaches this module for the Graduate Studies Office.

The Graduate Studies Office advertises the module and handles recruitment and registration of participants. 

Places are limited on each iteration of the module.