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 Supervising@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, Australia Code of Ethical Conduct, and applying for research grant.

This program is the University’s induction program for the supervisors of Higher Degree by research candidates. The workshop is in two parts.  The first is compulsory for all academic staff new to research supervision or to research supervision at UniSA, while the second part is required of those who have not yet supervised a doctoral candidate to successful completion.

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

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

For more information, please contact Cath White

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Supervising@UniSA is a blended program.

For more information, please contact or click on the Learn More button which will take you to the program pages.

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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 Executive Dean/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

Engaging Learners Online (ELO)

Engaging Learners Online is a short course that aims to prepare you for being a teacher within active online environments.

By completing the activities and assessment requirements in the short course you will experience life as an online student so you can make better decisions about what will work with your online students. You will experience most learnonline activity types (workshop, forum, wiki, quiz, database, glossary, choice, lesson, feedback, H5P, Panopto, Zoom virtual classroom) as well as learn more about the role of an online tutor in supporting students' learning. We hope that this will not only increase your confidence in learnonline but also help you to develop empathy for the online learner.

This short course is offered completely online over a 4 week period and requires approximately 12 hours to complete all activities and assessments. Most of the course is delivered asynchronously (at a time and place that suits you) but there are real-time events.

A record of completion of Engaging Learners Online is provided as a certificate and also noted in your HR record.


Previous UniSA staff participants, when asked about what they thought the strengths of Engaging Learners Online wrote:

"Wonderful structure. Great activities. Well-selected readings. Inspiring teachers. Lots of great new ideas and practical skills to apply in my own teaching."

"An excellent course. Well-structured and very informative. I always knew what was expected of me and developed a good range of knowledge and skills for teaching using online environments."

"The course is well-structured and designed for everyone, whether newly appointed tutors, novice to teaching or experienced staff who have been teaching for a while. The content and readings are appropriate to stimulate learning, contemplation and strategic planning for teaching in the online environment. The content and workload over the 4-week period were just right."

“It teaches through example, creating empathy for the online learner and showing prospective tutors how to assist learners with managing online learning. The tasks and assessment are instructive and useful but not onerous. There is plenty for learners at different levels of experience and knowledge in face-to-face teaching and use of technology for teaching.”

There are limited numbers so please register your interest and we will contact you separately with a copy of the Course Outline and instructions on how to enrol.

Facilitator: Diana Quinn

The planned start dates are:

  • May 4 2020 (in learnonline environment)
  • June 8 2020 (in learnonline environment)
  • July 6 2020 (in UniSA Online environment)
  • October 5 2020 (in learnonline environment).


Professional development for research degree supervisors

For more information, please contact or click on the Learn More button which will take you to the program pages.

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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.
Tuition-fee sponsorship for a new cohort of UniSA academic staff to participate part-time in Yr1 of the program has been paused for 2021. For staff currently participating in the program, please note that the following courses will not be available in 2021; EDUC 5243, EDUC 5245, EDUC 5242. However, EDUC 5244 will be taught in SP1 2021. 

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 & Informal
1 Elective: 
EDUC 5229 
BEHL 5096
Developing Future Oriented Learning & Assessment Practices
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, UniSA Education Futures Program Director for the Graduate Diploma.