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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

Orientation Programs

Start DateTuesday 10 February, 2015
End DateFriday 13 February 2015

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


Dates29 January 2015
DescriptionTeaching Essentials will introduce new teaching staff to the essential information needed to successfully teach at UoN. Topics 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 1st 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.


The following two core sessions are mandatory for completion of the certificate program.

  • Principles of Assessments  17 July 2014
  • Outcomes Based Grading  |  22 July 2014

Participants may choose the four remaining sessions from the following options.   A minimum of two from each category is required.

Category 1: Diversity of Assessment
Case-based analysis
Creating multiple-choice questions
Written assessments: short answers & essays
Effective group projects
Online assessment

Category 2:  Marking and Feedback
Rubrics and portfolios
Preparing constructive feedback for students
Assessment of teaching
Academic Integrity

Express your interest in the above program or individual sessions by contacting CTL.

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.


Teaching and Learning Forum 2015

Date29th - 30th January, 2015.    Forum website

The Teaching and Learning Forum is an annual conference, held in Perth, Western Australia initiated in 1992. The 2015 Teaching and Learning Forum, the 24th year of the Forum, continues the tradition of bringing together educators from Western Australian universities and colleges and beyond to discuss, share, and develop their ideas on issues confronting teaching and learning in the Higher Education sector.

This 2015 Forum encourages conversations on teaching and learning to continue but with an emphasis on the theme of "Teaching and Learning Uncapped" to reflect the implications of the national political and social agendas, as well as the possibilities afforded by educational technologies and innovative teaching and learning practices.  The importance of such conversations at the local, national and international level is heightened not only by the global competition, but as well the innovative ways by which courses are delivered to students across the globe.  It is therefore imperative for teachers to uncap their classrooms and their teaching to embrace the opportunities and challenges that face us with a future of uncapped student numbers and fees.

VenueThe University Club of Western Australia, Perth, WA

The Future of Learning Conference

Date16th - 17th February, 2015.    Conference website

Leading Change in Teaching and Learning

The 2nd Annual Future of Learning Conference focusing on best practice in post-secondary education.

There will be a particular focus on overcoming challenges in implementation, with case studies from a wide range of public and private institutions highlighting how insights from education research can be translated into workable real world initiatives – dealing with cultural, budgetary and logistical challenges along the way.

In addition to four targeted streams, there will be a Pecha Kucha session highlighting T&L "easy wins" – cost effective, simple-to-implement initiatives – and an interactive Knowledge Café to maximise the exchange of insights and experiences between delegates.

VenueUNSW, CBD Campus, Sydney NSW

 The Higher Education Conference

Date11th - 13th March, 2015.    Conference website

Universities Australia's Higher Education Conference 2015.

VenueNational Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT


Date23-26 November 2014   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 31st ascilite conference. The Call for Papers is now open, inviting contributions describing critical perspectives on the use of educational technology.
VenueDunedin, New Zealand

 AARE-NZARE 2014 - Speaking back through research

Date30 November - 4 December 2014   Conference website
AboutAARE and NZARE are national associations for fostering educational research in Australia and New Zealand and through this conference we will facilitate contact between educational researchers and support the development of high quality educational research.
VenueQueensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane


EDUTECH National Congress and Expo 2015

Date2 & 3 June 2015 ,  Masterclass 4th June 2015  Conference website

EduTECH® is the Southern Hemisphere's largest education congress and ed tech expo. In 2015, EduTECH will attract over 8,000 attendees; and will once again host 8 congresses, 8 post-congress masterclasses, official dinner for 900 guests, 250 exhibits, plus lots of extra streams, seminars, TeachMeets and breakouts for expo visitors. 

EduTECH® is the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector (primary, secondary, tertiary, higher education and workplace learning) plus libraries, plus government, plus suppliers...from every state in Australia, plus New Zealand, Asia and internationally….. all under one roof.

VenueBrisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Qld


Date6 - 9 July 2015  Conference website
AboutHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World

One of the demands facing contemporary higher education is to prepare students for life and work in a complex and uncertain future. Students and staff are expected to have high levels of adaptability, digital and information literacy to navigate an evolving education and employment landscape. Higher education providers are confronted with particular conundrums:
- the challenge of integrating learning more seamlessly with life and work
- the new opportunities for learning through digital innovation—on site and online.

Calling for Contributions until 5 November 2014

VenueMebourne, Victoria


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

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