Introduction to Learning and Teaching for new Academics
ACU values all academic staff and acknowledges the important contribution they make through their scholarship, service, teaching and research. ACU academics are supported by the Learning and Teaching Centre; the Library, Office of Student Success and the other directorates of the University.
The Learning and Teaching Centre is committed to supporting excellence in teaching at ACU and new academics are crucial to achieving this.
ACU is a student-centred University where all staff share responsibility for student engagement, retention and success. At ACU we pride ourselves on getting to know our students and working to assist them to achieve their academic aspirations, preparing them for the professions they will enter in the future.
Working with our partners in professional practice, we ensure that all students have the opportunity for work-integrated learning and for an authentic experience of the commitment, knowledge and attitudes required in their chosen profession.
New academics face many challenges at the institutional; faculty schools and classroom levels, particularly as ACU is a multiple-campus environment offering different modes of teaching. Participating in the Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILAT) program will help new academics navigate the organisational structure; educational settings; the learning management system (which is called LEO, Learning Environment Online) and other information technology systems within the University.
ILAT forms part of a professional development pathway for teachers at the University and is designed to provide new academics with essential information they will need to get started on their journey.
This website includes two suggested pathways aimed at new academics at ACU and an A-Z quicklinks:
Resources: Locating learning and teaching resources including learning and teaching policies, learning and teaching frameworks or materials to use in your discipline and strategies to improve your teaching practice.
Academic role: Duties associated with the following roles: Lecturer in charge of a course; Lecturer-in-charge of a unit of study; assisting lecturer/tutor; lab demonstrator; clinical facilitator; practicum placement co-ordinator; lead teacher and national team leader.
Successful teaching practice: Day-to-day responsibilities associated with your learning and teaching role; ACU academic community and; colleague engagement.
Evidence based practice: How to build a profile demonstrating excellence in learning and teaching.
By participating in ILAT it is expected you will be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
Find appropriate and helpful information to address questions that arise in the natural course of your academic teaching and learning activities through a semester (information includes policy, associated procedural requirements, details of how these procedures are operationalised at ACU, the names and roles of key contacts and support provisions).
Direct your efforts and activities in an informed, guided but self-directed way based on an understanding of the requirements of your academic role.
Apply an understanding of key principles of good practice that are embedded in ACU policies and procedures to your day to day responsibilities associated with your teaching and learning role.
Use LEO and other systems, plus the full range of administrative resources to advance the responsibilities of your teaching and learning role.
Collect and collate appropriate resources to build a profile demonstrating excellence in learning and teaching.