Professional Development

Academic Practice

Academic Practice@UniSA was introduced at the beginning of 2014 for all new academic staff (levels A-C) who are employed at UniSA in continuing positions or on fixed-term contracts (12 months or more). Academic Practice@UniSA replaces the Professional Certificate in Academic Practice as the mandated, probation-related activity for new academic staff. There are no exemptions.
Teaching@UniSAResearch@UniSASupervising@UniSA

This program provides an introduction and overview of teaching and learning at UniSA, good practice principles in assessment, Universal learning design, technology enhanced learning, learnonline, evaluating teaching, and the scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

This program, run by Research and Innovation Services (RIS), covers UniSA's research environment, Australian Code of Ethical Conduct, and applying for research grants.

This program, run by the Graduate Research Centre (GRC), provides an overview of policies, procedures, strategies and resources for supervisors.

Teaching@UniSA 
is a 1-day program that will be held twice a year.

For more information email tiu@unisa.edu.au

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Research@UniSA 
is a half-day program that is held twice a year.

For more information contact Cath White 

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Supervising@UniSA 
is a 1-day program that is held four times a year.

For more information contact Prof Alistair McCulloch or Dr Cassandra Loeser.

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Course Dates and Further Information

Staff will be required to complete different components of Academic Practice@UniSA depending on their role (see requirements table below). Staff will be required to complete the program within their first year of employment and completion of the program will continue to be tied to probation. Casual staff may be requested by their Head of School/Director to complete the program (or elements of the program) based on their type of teaching and level of responsibility.

Requirements

Mandated courses through Academic Practice @UniSA for academic staff members by role:

Academic RoleMandated Courses

Teaching/Research

Teaching@UniSA
Research@UniSA
Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Teaching only

Teaching@UniSA
Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Research only

Research@UniSA
Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Transition Arrangements

Teaching@UniSA

  1. Staff who have completed Yr 1 and Yr 2 of the Teaching@UniSA components of PCAP will be granted Teaching@UniSA
  2. Staff who have completed Yr 1 of Teaching@UniSA will be required to undertake Day 2 of the new Teaching@UniSA program
  3. Staff who were identified to undertake PCAP and have only done one half day of Teaching@UniSA or nothing will be required to do the new Teaching@UniSA program in full.

Research@UniSA

  1. Staff who have completed Yr 1 and Yr 2 of the Research@UniSA components of the PCAP will be awarded the Research@UniSA
  2. Staff who have completed Yr 1 only will need to complete the new Research@UniSA.

Supervising@UniSA

No change.

Tutoring@UniSA

Tutoring at UniSA is a 3 hour session focusing on face-to-face tutorials. It outlines strategies for active learning and getting the most out of your face-to-face time with students. This workshop will develop your approach to small-group work and can be used for any small-group teaching situations including flipped classrooms. 

Graduate Diploma in Education Studies
(Digital Learning)

The Graduate Diploma is an initiative allied to UniSA's Digital Learning Strategy (DLS) 2015–2020. The award program  provides participants with a high level of practical and theoretical knowledge to aid in the development of rich and innovative pedagogies that will promote engaging and effective learning and teaching practice across the University.

For a limited time, the office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer will provide tuition-fee sponsorship for competitively selected UniSA academic staff to participate in the program on a part-time basis for up to two years per individual.

The next intake begins in Study Period 3, 2019. The program is a partnership between the School of Education (EDS) and the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU). The option exists for participants to extend their studies to complete a Master of Education. This extension will be self-funded.

The Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning) reflects the University's commitment to develop specialist teaching capacity in its academic workforce.

Tuition Fee Scholarship Selection Workflow

  • Academic staff interested in applying for a tuition fee scholarship should begin discussing their interest with their Head of School (or equivalent) as soon as possible.
  • Ideally, applicants should be in continuing positions or on contracts where no less than 2.5 years remains at the point of admission into the Graduate Diploma program.
  • Each Head of School will take into account the interest expressed by staff in the School (or equivalent) and invite two staff (max) to proceed with their applications. When notified by their Head of School, applicants will be required to complete the application form.
  • The Head of School will prioritise no more than two applicants per scholarship round from their School (or equivalent). The Head of School will work with the Dean: Academic (or equivalent) to confirm rankings.
  • Application materials need to be completed in time for Deans: Academic (or equivalent) to send all materials to ange.mcclelland@unisa.edu.au in the TIU by 5pm Fri 26 Oct 2018.
  • When all prioritised applications are received, the Director: TIU will liaise with the Provost's office to seek endorsement for the tuition fee scholarships to be awarded to the competitively selected applicants.
  • Where practical, the selection process will be based on equal representation across the University's Divisions and Units.

The Graduate Diploma at a Glance

Year 1

EDUC 5243 Introduction to Digital Learning
EDUC 5245 Negotiated Project in Digital Learning (Part A)
EDUC 5242 Digital Learning Environments: Design and Implementation 
EDUC 5244 Learning Analytics in Digital Learning

Year 2

EDUC 5237 Learners in a Digital Age: innovative practices
EDUC 5239 Online Learning Communities: formal and informal
1 Elective:
INFS 5095 
BEHL 5096

Big Data Basics* or 
The Neurocognition of Learning
EDUC 5246 Negotiated Project in Digital Learning (Part B)

* INFS 5095 will best suit those staff with a background in IT, Mathematics or Engineering

Enquiries about the program can be directed to Dr Gavin Sanderson, TIU Program Director for the Graduate Diploma, or Dr Alan Barnes, EDS Program Director for the Graduate Diploma.

Professional Development Workshops

Setting up and Teaching in Learnonline

This workshop will cover a range of theoretical and practical advice to assist you in building an engaging and interactive Learnonline (Moodle) course site. This session is suitable for staff who are new to Learnonline (Moodle) as well as those wanting to learn about additional features of Learnonline (Moodle) you may not have used before. By attending this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Apply online design principles to the structure and setup of your Learnonline (Moodle) course site
  • Appreciate the role of narration in the setup of a course
  • Appraise the features available in Learnonline (Moodle) and consider how they could be applied to translate face-to-face activities into the online learning environment
  • Add content to your course site

The first hour of this session will be an information session and the second hour is a chance for you to get support with your individual course if you want it.

  • Tuesday 10th July 2018 – 10am-12pm, room JS3-13B at City West - register here
  • Thursday 12th July 2018 – 10am-12pm, room B2-52A at Magill - register here

Developing Multimedia for Online Learning

In the online environment lectures are replaced with rich multimedia resources more tailored to suit the needs of online learners. This workshop will cover a range of theoretical and practical advice to assist you in selecting and developing the most appropriate multimedia content for your online course by exploring three key focus areas; the purpose of multimedia, producing multimedia, and integrating interactivity in multimedia. By attending this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Translate content from face-to-face lectures into a multimedia format suitable for the online learning environment.
  • Evaluate the affordances of different types and formats of multimedia, and develop an understanding of their effects on student learning.
  • Appraise the available tools for producing multimedia content and consider the capability of each in meeting your multimedia recording needs.

Apply planning and design principles to the creation of interactive multimedia learning experiences which support students learning.

  • Tuesday 10th July 2018 -12-1pm, room JS3-13B at City West - register here
  • Thursday 12th July 2018 - 12-1pm, room B2-52A at Magill - register here

Creating course outlines and Learnonline websites, accessing library services for teaching staff

This workshop will cover the creation of course sites, using basic functions in Moodle, and services which Library staff can offer to teachers. Suitable for staff new to Learnonline.

  • Monday 25th June 2018 - 10-12pm, Library Training Room at City East - register here
  • Thursday 28th June 2018 - 10-12pm, Library Training Room at City East - register here

Running an Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom

This workshop will cover the basics of creating and 'furnishing' a virtual classroom, setting up audio and video, engaging students and presenting content. Suitable for staff new to Learnonline.

  • Tuesday 10th July 2018 - 2-3pm, Library Training Room (or online via Adobe Connect Pro Virtual Classroom) at City East - register here
  • Thursday 19th July 2018 - 10-11am, Library Training Room (or online via Adobe Connect Pro Virtual Classroom) at City East - register here

Recording Lectures

This workshop will cover various methods for recording a lecture (e.g. Recording Studios, TKiEE online system, Adobe Connect Pro Virtual Classroom), or making an online presentation.

  • Wednesday 11th July - 11-12pm, Library Training Room at City East - register here
  • Tuesday 17th July - 3-4pm, Library Training Room at City East - register here

ePortfolios and how to use them

This workshop will cover how to set up your ePortfolio, upload evidence, and present pages. We will also discuss how to effectively use ePortfolios in student assessment.

  • Monday 16th July - 2-3pm, Library Training Room at City East - register here
  • Tuesday 24th July - 2-3pm, Library Training Room at City East - register here

Please contact tiu@unisa.edu.au for further details.