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Professional Learning Essentials

The PLE: Information for staff who are new-to-Curtin

 

The Professional Learning Essentials (PLE) modules are aimed at staff who are new to teaching at Curtin University. However, all staff are welcome to complete them – with support from their line managers. Along with the local area induction, the PLE modules will prepare staff for working with students at Curtin. (Note, the PLE has replaced ‘FoLT’ or ‘Foundations of Learning and Teaching at Curtin program’).

PLE modules are required for new-to-Curtin staff are:

This first module gives instructions about how to navigate the Professional Learning Essentials modules and professional development for learning and teaching more broadly. Information about the learning and teaching environment at Curtin University, including the ‘Curtin Teaching Excellence Criteria,’ is provided along with explanations about how these criteria are aligned with the Australian University Teaching Criteria and Standards. The module invites you to consider the policies and plans impacting learning and teaching at Curtin and introduces you to contemporary issues you need to consider while working at the University.

This module is an introductory pathway to the University’s intercultural learning and teaching space. It contains a brief overview of: the ‘Indigenous Cultural Capabilities Framework’ (ICCF); Curtin’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP); the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and; suggestions as to where staff can access information for integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges into the curriculum. The aim is to prompt you to explore and participate in further professional learning.

This module sets the scene for new to Curtin staff by introducing you to the assessment lifecycle and the roles and responsibilities within the unit team as they relate to assessment activities. It familiarises you with the terminology and policies and standards used at Curtin for the management and enhancement of assessment quality.

Available online late in 2017. For now, directly contact Dr David McConnell david.mcconnell@curtin.edu.au. Formative peer review involves you in a variety of collegial developmental activities providing opportunities to enhance your teaching, followed by peer review of your practice. In this module you will:

  • Learn what is involved in having your educational practice peer reviewed.

  • Consider the steps in a peer review, and what this means for you as the person being reviewed.

  • Consider how to find a peer reviewer, and ensure they are the right person to review you.

  • Understand how to use the review report as evidence of development of your practice.

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    What used to be classrooms are now termed learning spaces. Add in collaborative technologies, distributed learning and a truly global campus, and we now have Global Learning Environments. Find out more about what this entails and how you can use the affordances for your practice.

    Information for Staff who are new to teaching in Higher Education


    Curtin University is part of a national consortium of universities that have created a MOOC for staff new to teaching in higher education. The ‘Contemporary approaches to university teaching’ MOOC provides the foundational information, which along with the PLE will prepare our staff for working within the learning and teaching environment at Curtin. When the final version is ready, we will provide further details about required modules and certification, however, for now, the pilot is available to everyone.


    Each module takes approximately 2 hours to complete. If you complete the pilot version of the MOOC, Curtin Learning and Teaching (CLT) will acknowledge this in any future certification process.


    Please contact Linden Clarke, the Project Coordinator, directly, if you would like to enroll:


    Linden Clarke

    lindenclarke@swin.edu.au

    Project Coordinator Learning Transformations | Swinburne University of Technology | Australia Mail: PO Box 218, H63, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122 | P: +61(3) 9214 5240


     
     Week Topic
     1  Orientation: Teaching your first class
     2  Planning for learning
     3  Feedback for learning
     4  Introduction to Learning Theories and Conceptions of Teaching
     5  Designing, implementing and supporting online learning
     6  Curriculum Design
     7  Assessment
    8
    Collaborative Learning: harnessing student interactions for deep learning
    9
    Teaching today's diverse learner
    10
    Quality Assurance and our Responsibilities - helping guide your career development
    11
    Scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching


    Specialty modules
    Work integrated learning
     Teaching Maths
    Supporting material
    Sessional Staff
     Your professional wellbeing

    What should you do now?

    How to register and other important information:

    1. Check the iPerform tab in the Staff Oasis and if a module is listed under ‘Browse for Training’, we advise you to consult with your line manager, or/and Dean of Learning and Teaching regarding the best option for you and/or your staff.

    2. If you wish to complete alternative professional learning opportunities, consult with your line manager, who, with the acknowledgement of CLT and your Dean of Learning and Teaching will ascertain whether they meet policy requirements.

    3. Become familiar with the following information to help you comply with University policies and/or federal legislation:

    4. We also strongly recommend you look at the following websites:

    5. Casual teaching staff also note you must consult your Unit Coordinator about your responsibilities to students, including the significance of adhering with the published Unit Outline.

    6. Finally, to all staff, we acknowledge you will be supported within your faculty but you are always welcome to contact staff in Curtin Learning and Teaching, Curtin Library and the Office of the Academic Registrar to discuss matters related to learning and teaching.

     
     Month Title
    Date
    Venue
    Time
     February  Teaching Award Winners Ceremony
    1st
    500.1102AB
    3.00pm-5.00pm
     T and L Forum
     2nd & 3rd
     105.107  8.45am-5.00pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
     8th  105.107 1.30pm-2.30pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
     15th  105.107  12.00pm-1.00pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
     22nd  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     March  Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
    1st
    105.107 12.00pm-1.00pm
    AAUT Awards Information Session
    1st
    105.107
    12.00pm-2.00pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
    8th
    105.107
    12.00pm-2.00pm
    AAUT Citations Workshop
     16th 105.102
    12.00pm-1.00pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
     22nd  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     AAUT Citations Workshop (follow-up to 16th workshop)
     22nd  105.102  12.00pm-2.00pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
    29th
    105.107
    12.00pm-2.00pm
     April  Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
    5th
     105.107 12.00pm-2.00pm
     Academic Integrity for Staff
     6th  105.107 12.00pm-11.00am
     AAUT Awards Workshop
     12th  105.102 12.00pm-2.00pm
     TE and Programs Workshop
     12th  105.102  12.30pm-2.00pm
     When Assessment meets AKARI
     12th  105.107  1.30pm-3.30pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
     19th  105.107  12.00pm-1.00pm
     Academic Conversations - Students Wellbeing and the Roles of the Academic
     20th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
     26th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     How to be a Summative PREP Reviewer
     27th  105.107  9.00am-11.00am
     May
     Learning Spaces Drop-in Session
    3rd
     105.107 12.00pm-1.00pm
     PREP Session
     3rd  105.107  1.00pm-3.00pm
     SoLT Session
     4th  105.107  10.00am-11.00am
     Higher Ed Standards & Benchmarking
     11th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     Teaching Awards Info Session
     17th  105.107  12.00pm-1.00pm
     How to be a Summative PREP Reviewer
     17th  105.107 1.00pm-3.00pm
     SoLT Session
     24th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     When Assessment meets AKARI
     24th  105.107  2.00pm-4.00pm
     Global Learning Environments (GLE) -ALP Playlab
     25th  105.107  12.00pm-1.00pm
     SoLT Session
     31st 105.107
     12.00pm-2.00pm
     June  Design Activities / GLE-ALP Playlab
     7th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     PREP Reviewers Training Session
     7th  105.107  9.30pm-12.00pm
     Academic Leadership: Course/Major Coordinators (Day 2)
     14th  105.107  9.00am-4.00pm
     Copyright  15th  105.107  9.00am-11.00am
     SoLT Session
     28th  105.107  12.00pm-1.00pm
     Academic Conversations - Mentoring
     29th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     July
     Managing Learning Environments
     6th  105.107 12.00pm-2.00pm
     Academic Conversations - Distributed Learning
     13th  105.107  9.00am-11.00am
     Promoting participation & Success
     20th  105.107  9.00am-11.00am
     Blackboard Analytics
     20th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     GLE - ALP Playlab
    20th
     105.107  11.00am-12.00pm
     GLE - ALP Playlab
     27th  105.107  12.oopm-1.00pm
     August  Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
     2nd  105.107 12.00pm-2.00pm
     Developing students' English language proficiency
     10th  105.107  9.00am-11.00am
     Assessment - Topic (TBC)
     10th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     Learning Spaces Drop-in Session
     16th  105.107  12.00pm-1.00pm
     Developing students' English language proficiency
     17th  105.107  9.00am-11.00am
     Integrating Indigenous Perspectives in Curriculum
     17th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     Developing students' English Language proficiency
     23rd  105.107  2.00pm-4.00pm
     Copyright for Teaching Staff
     31st  105.107 12.00pm-2.00pm
     How to be a Summative PREP Reviewer
     31st  105.107  2.00pm-4.00pm
    September
    Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
    6th
    105.107
    12.00pm-2.00pm
     Developing students' English language proficiency
     6th  105.107  2.00pm-4.00pm
     Academic Integrity for staff
     20th  105.107  1.00pm-3.00pm
     Serious Games as Authentic Assessment
    21st
     105.107  9.00am-11.00am
     Academic Conversations - Online Learning and Teaching (TBC)
     27th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     How to be a Summative PREP reviewer
     27th  105.107  10.00am-12.00pm
     Prepare PREP review
     28th  105.107 10.00am-12.00pm
    October
    Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
    4th
    105.107
    12.00pm-2.00pm
     Industry Engagement and authentic learning: Work Integrated Learning
       105.107  
    November
    Learning Spaces Drop-In Session
    1st
    105.107
    12.00pm-2.00pm
     Festival of Learning
     6th-10th  Various  All day all week
     Integrating Indigenous Perspectives in Curriculum
     8th  105.107  12.00pm-2.00pm
     Prepare for PREP review
     28th  105.107  12.00pm-1.30pm
     Academic Conversations - Work Integrated Research Learning (TBC)
     29th  105.107 12.00pm-2.00pm

    If you are unsure if a workshop training is running, check iPerform, or contact Curtin Learning and Teaching as changes may be made closer to delivery dates.

    Contacts

     

    For queries about the modules: