The course is designed to support and develop the role of practice teacher/ student supervisor and thus strengthen the workbased learning (wbl) component to the B.A. (Hons.) in Social Care and B.A. (Ord.) in Social Care Practice (in-service and direct entry). Practice Learning is work-based-learning which occurs either whilst a student is on a work placement or learning that occurs for an in-service student in work as a result of being in college. A Practice Teacher describes the person in an agency who has responsibility for supervising and enabling the learning of a student. The role of Practice Teacher involves the skills and practices of supervision, assessment, report writing, planning and facilitating student learning in the workplace. The principal role of the Practice Teacher should be to assist the student to integrate theory and learning in the practice environment.
In order for an in-service student to be accepted on the new B.A. (Ord.) in Social Care Practice the releasing organisation must assign a Practice Teacher from within the organisation. The Practice Teacher should ideally possess a professional qualification in social care or equivalent. Additionally, they should have completed training in supervision organised by the Department of Social Sciences or complete this new short Course in Practice Learning and Teaching. This course will also be beneficial for Practice Teachers / Student Supervisors of direct entry students on the B.A. in Social Care (Hons. and Ord. levels) to enhance W-B-L on their work placements which are organised by DIT tutors in conjunction with local service agencies.
There are twenty places available for the course and places will be allocated to the first twenty applicants. Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants who successfully complete the full course will be awarded a certificate in continuous professional development from DIT. The course fee of €400 is waived for current practice teachers or supervisors who have a student from DIT.
The main topics that will be covered during the course are detailed below:
A variety of learning approaches will be used. These will include formal presentations, role plays, case studies, problem-solving studies, self-assessment checklists and small group activities. Students are expected to undertake self directed learning of 40 hours - readings provided.