Professional Development

Click on the minus or plus symbols to collapse or expand the underlying sections to learn more about Professional Development opportunities with the TIU. If you have any questions please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page. 

If you are a new tutor or lecturer with the University of South Australia you may find the New Teacher's Portal a useful resource to get you started. 

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@UniSA Research@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.

is a 1-day program that is held twice a year.

For more information email

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is a 1-day program that is held twice a year.

For more information contact Cath White

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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.


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

Academic Role Mandated Courses


Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Teaching only

Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Research only

Supervising@UniSA (if required to supervise)

Transition Arrangements


  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.


  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.


No change.

Professional Development Workshops

Scheduled Workshops

To find a list of scheduled workshops and to register please visit the Professional Development Workshops page on RegisterIT.   

Engaging Learners Online: Core Modules 1, 2 and 3

Short course (12 hours offered over 4 weeks) offered online

This short course will put you in the role of an online student to prepare you for being a teacher within online environments at UniSA. This short course is aimed at online tutors but caters for staff at all levels of teaching experience. A record of completion of Engaging Learners Online is provided as a certificate and also noted in your HR record.

The core modules are:

Module 1: Learning Asynchronously in Learnonline (Weeks 1-2)

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • establish and sustain an online presence as an eTutor
  • be familiar with the terminology used in UniSA/OUA/UniSA Online websites
  • utilise interactive tools in learnonline to communicate effectively with students and staff
  • be aware of the principles of good teaching and their application to online learning environments
  • understand the needs of online students and be able to respond effectively to these needs by performing the various roles of an eTutor.
  • be aware of some of the specific challenges associated with performing the role of an eTutor and be able to adopt various strategies to address these challenges.

Module 1 is assessed via the submission of a concept map at the end of Week 2.

Module 2: Learning Synchronously in Learnonline (Weeks 2-4)

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • appreciate the importance of real-time online learning experiences for students and how teacher behaviour can enhance or shut down these learning opportunities
  • experience virtual classroom helpdesks as a learner - in conjunction with other asynchronous tools, such as forums and wikis
  • create usable lesson plans to guide virtual classroom events as a teacher
  • have sufficient technical skills in learnonline virtual classroom to facilitate learning in your course/unit (e.g. using the lobby, logging in, sharing, whiteboard, polls, chat, exporting chat records,
  • breakout sessions, recording sessions).

Module 2 is assessed via reflections as a participant and presenter in the virtual classroom at the end of Week 4.

Module 3: Community (Week 3)

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • be aware of the importance and structure of communication in a large online teaching and learning environment
  • use dialogue to coordinate communication with students with other teaching team members
  • appreciate the benefit of using teacher's notes, OneDrive/SharePoint websites, virtual classrooms and forums to communicate with members of the course/unit's teaching team (past, current and future)
  • be aware of how to communicate with Academic Support staff about contracts and access.

Module 3 is assessed via a quiz on communication within online courses (15 minute time limit; multiple attempts) due at the end of Week 3.

Engaging Learners Online Workshop schedule

To book into one of these sessions, just go to the Register IT website.  Places are limited. If you have any problems, email Anne or Hayley. 




Date and time

SP 2 2019

Engaging Learners Online Core Modules 1, 2 & 3

Diana Quinn

12 hours online study over 4 weeks including 2 real time online events

4-week courses commence

21 January 2019 (ELO 2019-12)

4 March 2019 (ELO 2019-13)

3 June 2019 (ELO 2019-14)

7 October 2019 (ELO 2014-15).

Please contact for further details.


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 for the Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning) begins in Study Period 3, 2020. 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 discuss 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.
  • Interested staff must provide their Head of School (or equivalent) with a completed application form.
  • The Head of School will forward endorsed application forms to the Dean: Academic (or equivalent) who will compile a list from their Division/Unit in discussion with Heads of School. The respective Deans: Academic will send all finalised materials to in the TIU by 5pm Fri 29 Nov 2019.
  • When all applications are received at the TIU, the Director: TIU will liaise with the Provost's office to seek endorsement for the tuition fee scholarships to be awarded to the 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: 
EDUC 5229 
BEHL 5096
Effective Assessment for Effective Learning
The Neurocognition of Learning
EDUC 5246 Negotiated Project in Digital Learning (Part B)


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