OLTC20005 - Adult Learning in Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Adult learning theories inform a wide range of contexts in which humans learn. Adult Learning in Practice addresses approaches to adult learning in formal and informal settings. In this unit you will examine how theories are used to inform and develop your teaching practice. You will explore a variety of teaching methods and learning theories across a number of learning environments. You will apply reflective practice and scholarship to develop your teaching philosophy and inform your teaching practice. You will develop the knowledge and skills to adapt your teaching to meet the needs of a variety of cohorts in various environments.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
2. Portfolio 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Evaluations
Students liked the regular Zoom sessions and appreciated that the sessions were recorded.
Continue to have regular Zoom sessions and make the recording available for students to refer too.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions were held regularly according to student requests. These sessions were recorded.
Source: Student Evaluations
A document which listed all the activities that are required to be recorded in the Journal was requested
A one page document listing the activities has been supplied for inclusion in the Moodle Site.
Action Taken
A list of the activities is clearly displayed in the Assessments - All You Need to Know section.
Source: Student Evaluations
Students valued the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching practices.
The teaching team will monitor to ensure this opportunity continues to be available for students.
Action Taken
This opportunity continued to be available for students.
Source: Student evaluation
Inconsistent labelling of moodle readings and resources
Moodle reading labels will be labelled more systematically.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Adapt teaching practices to suit changing environments, contexts and cohorts
  2. Evaluate learning theories and integrate into teaching practice
  3. Reflect on evidence of teaching quality to affect improvements
  4. Engage in scholarly learning and teaching practice
  5. Examine the impact that learning environments have on teaching practices.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Portfolio