Professional Development

The Teaching Innovation Unit offers several short courses to provide UniSA staff with both practical and theoretical skills to support a career in teaching at UniSA. These courses can be taken individually or combined into the Professional Certificate in University Teaching. Details of the courses, and the Professional Certificate, can be found below.

Professional Certificate in University Teaching

This short program consists of two short courses:

  • Teaching and Learning Principles and Practice in Higher Education
  • Engaging Learners Online

These two courses can be completed in any order. If you have completed one in the past and now wish to complete the other course to fulfill the requirements of the professional certificate, you are welcome to check with the teaching team about the eligibility of past completions.

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:

27 June - 22 July 2022 (FULL)

This course will be offered again in January/February 2023 & June/July 2023. 



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 experts from the Teaching Innovation Unit.

This 10-week blended course includes workshops and online delivery. It is offered twice each year.

There are three assessments: a negotiated learning plan, a teaching philosophy statement, and a portfolio.
What will I learn?

The course integrates 5 introductory self-paced modules reviewing key concepts of Learning Design, Assessment, Evaluation, How students learn, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. As a critically reflective practitioner, you will steer your own project to apply this learning to your specific teaching and learning circumstances. 

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 a promotion or award 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, critical, and reflective practitioner.

What kind of commitment is required?

Teaching and Learning Principles and Practice in Higher Education requires approximately 100 hours of commitment across the 10-week teaching period. 

The first three weeks of the course can be demanding as we negotiate the learning goals and establish key concepts that directly impact how you choose to demonstrate the outcomes of your learning project.

Attendance at the workshops (refer below) is imperative to ensure your self-directed learning project is both worthwhile and achievable within the timeframe. Workshops are offered synchronously, on-campus and online via zoom, to enable remote participation.

On campus workshops are held 10.00am - 12.00pm in BH3-16 at City West campus on the following dates:

  • Friday 19 August (course week 1)
  • Friday 26 August (course week 2)
  • Friday 2 September (course week 3)
  • Friday 16 September (course week 5)
  • Friday 7 October (course week 8)

What do others say about this course?

"I've already taken much of what I've learned back into practice. Forced me to think about my teaching in the context of the literature."

"Assessment tasks were excellent. Very useful both for the course, but for teaching practice as well."

"The whole course was so helpful for me, being a new teacher. I honestly felt that it made me so much more prepared for the semester, and a much better teacher."

Read more testimonials.

Coordinators: Dr Claire Aitchison and Dr David Birbeck

Short course dates: 

  1. Start date: 24 April – 3 July
  2. Start date: 14 August – 23 October


Registration details: coming soon


Registration for this course offering is now closed. To be notified when this course is offered again in 2023, please complete form below.


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.

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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.