TE7082 - Managing the Learning Environment in the 21st Century

What will I learn on this module?

This module focusses on the various ways in which the learning environment might be managed, in a variety of educational contexts and how it can impact on teaching and learning. You will be able to explore, create, reflect upon and evaluate learning environments and consider how they can be managed to maximise their effectiveness in relation to teaching and learning. In addition, you will develop a critical understanding of how classroom environments and their management can impact on student experience.

How will I learn on this module?

A ‘research rich’ learning approach will enable you to build on your previous higher education experiences as an active inquirer and participant in your own learning. This will be at the heart of the teaching and learning strategy for this module. In order to maximise the learning in this module sessions will include a mix of formal lectures, seminars and group work. The e-learning portal will provide additional learning support and enable communication between students and staff.

You will be encouraged to engage with current research in this field through the critical evaluation of research papers that will then be further explored within seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your main form of academic support for each module is provided by the module leader and other members of the module team. The module leader will ensure that you receive clear guidance about the module learning outcomes and how you will be assessed against these. They will also guide through exercises during the timetabled sessions, and ensure that both individual and group tutorial time is identified during the module. The University’s eLearning Portal will offer remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will develop a critical understanding of what is involved in the management of the learning environment and its impact on teaching and learning.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Plan and develop a learning environment for a particular group of learners and provide a rationale in terms of the current theory and practice.
2. Critically analyse and evaluate impact of the environment on teaching and learning.
3. Critically reflect on the management of the environment to maximise its effectiveness on the quality of learning and the student experience.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Enhance your communication skills through your summative written work and your presentation and group work.
2. Enhance your skills of critical reflection and problem solving through your summative assignment

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Prepare and deliver a presentation on an aspect of management of the learning environment.

You will received constructive verbal feedback from the tutor and peers

Summative Assessment
You will create, design and plan a learning environment for a particular group of learners. You will then critically analyse and evaluate your learning environment in terms of literature and evidence based practice.
(4500 words)
(KU 1) (IPSA 1-3) (PVA 1 & 5)

You will receive graded written feedback using the criteria and the elaborated marking scale.





Module abstract

In this module you will have the opportunity to discuss and critically analyse and evaluate what constitutes effective management of the learning environment within national context of the UK educational system. You will reflect on the management processes with a more practical focus on the impact this might have on teaching and learning and how to maximise its effectiveness. Drawing on current research, you will apply these concepts of learning environment management to your own experience/practice from their own experiences and from current research

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
2 other options available

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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