Professional Development

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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. 


Engaging Learners Online (ELO)


Engaging Learners online (ELO) is a fully online four-week short course that aims to prepare you for being a teacher in the online environment. 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.  

What kind of course is this?

Engaging Learners Online is a short course that aims to prepare you for being a teacher within active online environments. You will be asked to engage with a range of online resources, activities and assessments while reflecting on how what you’re learning may be applied to your own teaching in online spaces – both blended and fully online.

This short course is facilitated completely online (no face-to-face sessions), and you will experience most learnonline activity types (workshop, forum, wiki, quiz, database, glossary, choice, feedback, H5P, Panopto, Zoom virtual classroom). You will also learn more about the role of an online teacher 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. 

What will I learn?

This course aims to achieve two broad goals: 1) to introduce to you some theoretical frameworks to guide your online teaching learning design and practice, and 2) to give you a hands-on experience of learning in our learnonline Moodle platform – including a showcase of the many tools available for use at UniSA.

You will also get the experience of working with a team in the online environment and get a sense of what it’s like using some of the online collaboration tools we have available.

What kind of commitment is required?

This short course is offered completely online over a 4-week period and requires approximately 35-40 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.
Engaging Learners Online is offered three times a year. There are limited numbers, so please register your interest and we will contact you separately with additional information and details of the enrolment process. 

Who can register?

This short course is open to all UniSA staff (including casual and sessional staff ).


Amanda Richardson

Short course dates:

24 January - 18 February 2022 - registrations are now closed.
27 June - 22 July 2022



PLEASE NOTE: Registration in this short course forms part of the Professional Certificate in Higher Education. 

Teaching and Learning Principles and Practice in Higher Education


Teaching and Learning Principles and Practice in Higher Education gives you the freedom to direct your own learning to ensure it meets your needs as a teacher at UniSA within a supportive and scaffolded learning environment facilitated by academic developers from the Teaching Innovation Unit.

The course is offered twice a year in 10-week blocks and includes face to face workshops and online delivery.

What kind of course is this?

Teaching and Learning Principles and Practice in Higher Education is designed to be flexible; as you work through a set of online introductory learning modules you will be supported to develop your own learning plan which will inform the kinds of activities and scholarship you will engage in across the course.
What will I learn?

The course integrates 5 introductory core self-paced modules (Learning Design, Assessment, Evaluation, How students learn, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) with on campus workshops and online resources. As a critical reflective practitioner, you will steer your own project to apply this learning to your specific teaching and learning circumstances.  By completing the 3 assessments you will meet both the course objectives and your own personal learning needs.

Your motivation may be to address a concern in your everyday practice, you may wish to better understand learning theories, or how to make improvements to your online courses or assessment design. You may be a teaching-focused academic looking to show evidence of your developing scholarship, or keen to build a portfolio for your next promotion application; you may be looking to upskill your teaching practices or develop leadership in teaching and learning.  This course will give you the opportunity, and means, to develop your scholarly knowledge and confidence as a capable, and critical, reflective practitioner.

What kind of commitment is required?

Teaching and Learning Principles and Practice in Higher Education requires approximately 100 hours commitment across the 10 week teaching period. Before you register, please be sure you have the capacity to undertake this course at this time

The first three weeks of the course can be demanding as we negotiate the learning goals that directly impact the final of the three assessments – the Teaching Portfolio – that demonstrates the outcomes of your learning project.

Attendance at the workshops is imperative to ensure your self-directed learning project is both worthwhile and achievable within the timeframe. We support rural and remote participants who need to attend via zoom. 

Coordinator: Claire Aitchison

Short course dates: February - April 2022

** Please register details below to be notified when registrations open for the next offering in 2022**


PLEASE NOTE: Registration in this short course forms part of the Professional Certificate in Higher Education. 

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.

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 the TIU, or Dr David Caldwell, UniSA Education Futures Program Director for the Graduate Diploma.