The professional development in learning and teaching that suits you will depend on your current experience, skills, knowledge, needs and time available.
ACU HR suggests:
Closing any gapsfirst - Select professional development activities that will help develop any competencies operating below the target level in the current role, then
Professional development - Select professional development that will help you enhance performance in the current role to remain engaged, challenged & keep your skills refreshed.
The ACU Teaching Criteria and Standards Framework provides you with clear criteria that will support your pursuit of excellence in teaching. In planning your professional development it is worth exploring the following pages:
May produce scholarly outputs in relation to learning and teaching
May have units that other academics reference as exemplars
Has a vision of where they might want to take their teaching next
May be involved in groups focused on innovation in TEL
Suggested professional development:
Independent and self-directed when finding appropriate PD
Types of knowledge teachers need
Mishra & Koehler (2006) developed a framework to categorise the types of knowledge teachers need (see diagram).
The professional development opportunities offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre will develop your Pedagogical Knowledge (PK), Technological knowledge (TK) and Technological pedagogical knowledge (TPK).
Your Faculty and School's professional development will cover these aspects too and also pedagogical content knowledge (PCK); that is knowledge about best practice in teaching your discipline.
Explore the following definitions to understand these further.
Pedagogical Knowledge (PK)
“Teachers’ deep knowledge about the processes and practices or methods of teaching and learning. They encompass, among other things, overall educational purposes, values, and aims. This generic form of knowledge applies to understanding how students learn, general classroom management skills, lesson planning, and student assessment.” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
Technology Knowledge (TK)
"Knowledge about certain ways of thinking about, and working with technology, tools and resources. and working with technology can apply to all technology tools and resources. This includes understanding information technology broadly enough to apply it productively at work and in everyday life, being able to recognize when information technology can assist or impede the achievement of a goal, and being able continually adapt to changes in information technology" (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK)
"An understanding of how teaching and learning can change when particular technologies are used in particular ways. This includes knowing the pedagogical affordances and constraints of a range of technological tools as they relate to disciplinarily and developmentally appropriate pedagogical designs and strategies” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).