Book your Mid-Semester Feedback now!. Bookings are now being taken to get feedback between 17 August - 18 September.

Professional development

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) works with academics, including sessional staff, to offer a wide range of programs and services to support the teaching and learning process. We provide this support for academics through our three teams, Academic Development, Blended Online Learning Design (BOLD) lab and the UONline Support Team. These groups collaborate to ensure that you get the best service and support needed for your teaching success.

CTL offers you individual consultations in course design in the following areas:

  • course mapping
  • learning outcomes
  • developing blended and online teaching resources
  • assessment design
  • building user-friendly Blackboard course sites
  • teaching methods
  • flipping the classroom
  • evaluation of teaching


Book your Mid-Semester Feedback now!

CTL can facilitate the collection of anonymous feedback on your teaching and course content from your students. Bookings are now being taken to get feedback between 17 August - 18 September. This proactive approach enables you to implement any adjustments and make real improvements in your teaching during semester, resulting in higher student engagement and overall student satisfaction.  Register here 

Are you interested in acquiring a national Teaching Fellowship?

HERDSA (Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia) Fellowship Scheme

The HERDSA Fellowship Scheme is for academics or leaders who have made a significant personal commitment to the improvement of teaching and learning in a tertiary education context. The Fellowship Scheme offers you an opportunity to receive national recognition for your contribution to teaching and learning in the higher education context, and to also be part of a community of practitioners and researchers interested in improving teaching and learning in tertiary education.  For more information about the Fellowship Scheme, please visit the HERDSA website or contact Vivien McComb.

We would also like to take the opportunity to acknowledge two of our academic staff members who are HERDSA Fellows: 

  • Associate Professor Marj Kibby, School of Humanities and Social Science; and 
  • Dr Liam Phelan, GradSchool.

Orientation Programs

Start DateTuesday 9 February, 2016
End DateFriday 12 February 2016

New Faculty OrientationNew Faculty Orientation (NFO) is a probationary requirement for most new academic appointments.

It is an integral part of The Centre for Teaching and Learning's induction and support of all teaching staff, to enable academics to deliver world-class educational experiences.

NFO aims to familiarise new teaching staff with our unique learning environment and provide opportunities for professional development, networking and collegiality. The program involves practical workshop sessions, specific Faculty information and social events.

LocationCallaghan campus
ContactLeanne Vaughan


Dates28 January 2016   or   2 February 2016
DescriptionTeaching Essentials will introduce new teaching staff to the essential information needed to successfully teach at UoN. Topics may include communication systems, the virtual learning environment, teaching spaces and policies, grants and awards, course outlines, grading and assessment.
LocationCallaghan campus
ContactEmail the Centre for Teaching and Learning or call 4921 5350

Certificate Programs

Fundamentals in University Teaching CertificateSessional Staff

Designed to be an introduction to teaching, this certificate is a great place to start if you have never taught before or you are new to teaching at UoN. Sessional staff and RHD students will benefit from being able to complete this certificate in a single semester, fitting it in with teaching and research commitments.

The program will be delivered through blended teaching mode, giving you flexibility and also enabling you to become familiar with UoNline.

Other outcomes include developing your teaching skills, understanding who your students are and learning classroom management techniques. Throughout the program, you'll gather evidence of your teaching practice so you can start building your teaching portfolio.

This certificate will be delivered as a blended professional development program including both face-to-face and online components.

Register your interest to participate in this program in 2nd Semester 2015.

For further information about this certificate please contact Vivien McComb

CTL teaching resources for sessional staff are available.

Professional Certificate in University Assessment

Whatever your faculty, discipline or field of expertise, Certificate of Uni Assessmentassessing student learning is an integral component of teaching. CTL's professional certificate program is designed to promote best practice in assessment design at a practical level, while also accommodating challenging work schedules

By the end of this certificate program, staff will be able to:

  • Identify the pros and cons of formative and summative assessment.
  • Select the most suitable method of assessment.
  • Assess and mark student work in a fair and expedient fashion.
  • Provide constructive student feedback that enhances learning and promotes student success.


Individuals must participate in a minimum of six topic sessions, and complete a non-graded assessment requirement for completion of the certificate program.  

The following two core sessions are mandatory.

  • Principles of Assessments 
  • Outcomes Based Grading 

Participants may choose the four remaining sessions from the following options.   

Case-based analysis
Creating multiple-choice questions
Written assessments: short answers & essays for exams
Effective group projects
Online assessment
Preparing Constructive feedback for students
Evaluation of teaching 

Register for individual workshops in the above program.  Session dates and times are available when registering.

Upcoming Teaching and Learning Events

Many national and international teaching and learning conferences may be of interest to university staff.  The listing below provides a quick glance at some of the upcoming events.


International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)

Date27-30 October, 2015.    Conference website

The 12th annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will take place from 27-30 October 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

The conference theme, Leading Learning and the Scholarship of Change, will explore how teaching staff and students in universities can lead quality learning and teaching practice as we move inevitably towards more changes in higher education. You will be able to interact with colleagues and build networks that will enable you to participate actively in the distributed leadership of the academy.

VenueMelbourne, Victoria


The Higher Education Conference

Date9th - 11th March, 2016.    Conference website

Universities Australia's Higher Education Conference.

VenueNational Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT

STARS Conference

Date29 June - 2 July, 2016.    Conference website

Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success

This conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students' tertiary learning experiences.

VenuePan Pacific Hotel, Perth, Western Australia



Date27 - 30 October, 2015   Conference website
AboutThe Best Thinking in Higher Education
The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premiere gathering for higher education IT professionals. It provides content and exploration of today's toughest technology issues facing campuses around the world, and convenes some of the brightest minds in the community.
VenueIndianapolis, Indiana, and Online


Date29 November - 2 December 2015   Conference website
AboutThe Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) warmly invites everyone with an interest in educational technologies in tertiary education to join them at the 32nd ascilite conference. 
VenueCurtin University, Perth, Western Australia


EDUTECH National Congress and Exhibition 2016

Date30 May - 1 June 2016   Conference website

EduTECH® is the Southern Hemisphere's largest education congress and ed tech expo. 

VenueBrisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Qld


Date4 - 7 July 2016  Conference website
AboutHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

The theme for the conference is The Shape of Higher Education. This theme provides an opportunity to not only report and reflect upon and to critique and challenge the current shape and direction of higher education but also to look to the future and engage colleagues in creative possibilities.
VenueFremantle, Western Australia

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CTL can tailor workshops, programs or information sessions to meet your specific requirements.

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