Lecture theatres have in recent history been perceived as physical, teacher-centred, orderly, transmissive and passive. Contemporary higher education classrooms can be virtual, learner-centred, non-linear, transformative and active. Teaching is viewed as a continually evolving activity based on engagement, review, reflection and revision in order to best address the needs of 21st century higher education student cohorts. Within the context of theological education, this unit considers the theories and best practice in contemporary higher education which follow from what research reveals about adult learning, both online and face-to-face. The unit invites participants to consider their vocation as a higher education teacher and examine their practices in the light of their personal journey as a theological educator and the institutional understanding of theological education demonstrated by their context.

Unit Code: DE8329L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Education Studies

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and critique influences upon themselves as theological educators


Identify issues raised for themselves, institutions and stakeholders by different perspectives of theological and higher education


Analyse key principles of adult education


Apply good practice principles in adult education to designing and teaching a learning experience


Evaluate a learning experience with the assistance of a peer observer.


Group discovery, peer learning, practice and reflection, self-reflection, literature research.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Peer Assessed Portfolio Triple Text Study Students will engage with a set text and consider it in the light of two others, the first from a set list, the second of their choosing. They will identify issues for themselves, their vocation and their students, and discuss these with a peer mentor. 1500 words Reflection Students will reflect with a peer on their own formation as a theological educator 500 words

2000 33.0
Learning Resource

Design and deliver a learning experience based of good adult learning principles 2000 words equivalent

2000 33.0
Peer Evaluation

Evaluate a learning experience with peer input 2000 words

2000 34.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:59:15 +1100