Course code Peda6009

Credit points 6

Innovations in Didactics of Higher Education

Total Hours in Course162

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours98

Date of course confirmation20.04.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mechanics and Design

Course developers

author prof.

Baiba Briede

Dr. paed.


Elīna Apsīte

Mg. phil.


Ludis Pēks

Dr. paed.

Course abstract

Students develop knowledge on various views in didactics in a higher school, various theories of didactics and developmental tendencies in Latvia and in the world. The students improve in the frame of the course: presentation skills in academic style and usage of e-learning environments, teaching methodology for courses of engineering and social sciences, and knowledge in developmental psychology. Discussions on teaching/learning problems in didactics are emphasized.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: to comprehend, analyze and assess theories and conceptions on: development of studies in Europe, essence of didactics, studies and innovations, planned course results; improve knowledge on study methods, presentation, usage of visual, technical aids and e-learning environment; to comprehend, analyze and assess: a teacher and students as subjects of studies; theoretical conceptions on relation to EQF and pillars of life-long education.
Skills: to use knowledge in formation of courses and presentations in front of the audience; to make a dialogue; to perform and assess using various methods; to use Moodle environment
Competences: able to use didactical knowledge and skills in formation of courses and presentations in order to promote students' ability to create new knowledge, skills and competencies and positive interface; able to cooperate with the students; able to perform in various audiences delivering information appropriately, and able to develop one‘s own competence.

Compulsory reading

1. Briede B., Pēks L. Ekoloģiskā pieeja izglītībā. Jelgava: LLU, 2011. 160 lpp. Sērija „ Izglītības ekoloģija”. CD formātā 2. Facilitating Reflective Learning in Higher Education. Society for Research Into Higher Education. 2nd ed. Editors A.Brockbank, I.McGill. Berkshire: Open University Press, 2007. 384 p. 3. Katane I. Paradigmas Latvijas izglītības vidē mūsdienās. Jelgava: LLU TF IMI, 2007. 117 lpp. Sērija „Izglītības ekoloģija”. 4. Light G., Cox R., Calkins S.C. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: The Reflective Professional. 2nd. ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd., 2009. 360 p.

Further reading

1. Briede B. Mācību metodes. Līdzautori: M. Doils, H. Makintaire, L.Pēks, I. Šīlda. Jelgava: LLU, 1997. 68 lpp. 2. Pamatinformācija kursa veidošanai. LLU, 2009. Pieejams: 3. Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 10.06.2011.]. Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

1. Higher Education. The International Journal of Higher Education Research. Print ISSN: 0018-1560. Online ISSN: 1573-174X 2. Journal of Further and Higher Education. Print ISSN: 0309-877X, Online ISSN: 1469-9486 3. Teaching in Higher Education. Print ISSN: 1356-2517, Online ISSN: 1470-1294