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How to Become an Excellent Tertiary-Level Teacher

- Seven Golden Rules for University and College Lecturers

by Henry Ellington

Abstract

This article highlights the changing role of university and college lecturers from teachers to facilitators of learning, together with the requirement that they work to increasingly high standards.  It presents seven golden rules for becoming an excellent tertiary-level teacher, and offers detailed practical guidance on how to put these into practice.  The seven golden rules are:

1.

Find out how your students learn;

2.

Set appropriate learning targets;

3.

Use appropriate teaching/learning methods;

4.

Use appropriate assessment methods;

5.

Monitor and evaluate your teaching

6.

Always try to improve your performance;

7.

Keep yourself up-to-date.

The Author

Professor Henry Ellington is Head of the Centre for Learning and Assessment (CLASS) at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, where he has worked since 1966.  He is a highly experienced educational and staff developer who has published extensively in the field.  His latest book - ‘Facilitating Student Learning’ (written with Shirley Earl - see ‘References’ section in main article) deals in depth with all the topics covered in this article.

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