Frequency: Once a semester for face-to-face. Flexible for online.
Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILAT) forms part of a professional development pathway for teaching focused academics at the University. It is designed to provide academics new to ACU with essential information they need to get started on their journey.
The fundamental premise underpinning the ILAT program is valuing all academic staff and acknowledging the important contribution they make through scholarship, service and teaching. A core element of ILAT is to offer a process that supports academic development; including partnering with the faculties. the Learning and Teaching Centre, the Library, the Office of Student Success and the other directorates of the University.
The aim of the ILAT program is to enable academic teachers to prepare for their new roles. As a student-centred University all staff share responsibility for student engagement, retention and success. ACU prides itself on building positive relationships between staff and students, assisting and working with them to achieve their academic aspirations and preparing them for the professions they will enter upon graduation and in the future.
ILAT is available as a face-to-face workshop and also as a self-guided online course. This course provides an opportunity for new academic staff to become familiar with learning and teaching at ACU. Please also find below some links to essential resources you will need as an academic at ACU.
Pathway 1: attend a face-to-face workshop
Pathway 2: guide yourself through the self-paced resources
These workshops enable new academics to meet and network and includes real-life learning and teaching scenario based activities. The Learning and Teaching Centre offers these workshops in partnership with other support units at ACU, such as the Library.
meet and network with new and experienced academic staff in your school and other faculties either face-to-face or in a virtual environment
locate and use support services for learning and teaching
find information on learning and teaching policies, procedures and student management
get an introduction to LEO (the learning management system used for learning and teaching at ACU).
What is the time commitment?
When is it available?
Please see below for session times and registration details. They are delivered across all domestic campuses at the beginning of each semester (except Adelaide on request).
If you are unable to attend a workshop, the self-guided information kit provides suggested support resources and professional development tailored to your role and experiences. This includes links to learning and teaching policies and procedures to prepare you for different stages of a teaching period.
Participants will learn:
how to identify key colleagues, policies and standards that are relevant to your work
the knowledge you are expected to acquire, professional development and technology-enhanced learning support resources
key duties and resources required to meet the needs of your students at each stage of the teaching cycle.
What is the time commitment?
1-3 hours depending on the resources selected.
When is it available?
The online self-guided course can be accessed at any time.
Find appropriate and helpful information to address questions that arise in the natural course of your academic teaching and learning activities through a semester (information includes policy, associated procedural requirements, details of how these procedures are operationalised at ACU, the names and roles of key contacts and support provisions).
Direct your efforts and activities in an informed, guided but self-directed way based on an understanding of the requirements of your academic role.
Apply an understanding of key principles of good practice that are embedded in ACU policies and procedures to your day to day responsibilities associated with your teaching and learning role.
Use LEO and other systems, plus the full range of administrative resources to advance the responsibilities of your teaching and learning role.
Collect and collate appropriate resources to build a profile demonstrating excellence in learning and teaching.
“I thought this seminar/workshop was well thought out and prepared. It was great! The presenter was welcoming, knowledgeable. She was an engaging as well as a supportive facilitator".
"I appreciated opportunities to discuss learning and teaching issues with colleagues valuable (where to find resources and support during the teaching period)".
For the face-to-face workshop, please ensure you have sought approval from your HOS/HOD/LIC/Supervisor to undertake this professional development activity before registering via Staff Connect
Course Type Code: INTRO2LT
Course Type Description: Intro to Learning and Teaching
Note: All necessary resources will be provided during the workshop, however, we recommend you that you bring your own laptop or portable technology device to enable you to access the electronic LEO resource site. Sydney based staff are welcome to attend either Strathfield or North Sydney workshops.
If you are a new academic staff member and are unable to register via Staff Connect or have a query please send an email stating: Full Name, School, Faculty and contact number and email to: Orientation.LTC@acu.edu.au.