Teaching Support Program
The Teaching Support Program (TSP) is a Learning for Life initiative that supports ACU academic staff in developing capabilities in designing and planning quality learning experiences for students across a range of delivery modes, particularly in LEO and online modes.
The fundamental premise supporting the TSP is that time allocated to unit design and planning is reflected in the quality of the teaching and the learning experience for the student. Starting with the ‘design backward; deliver forward’ curriculum / unit design model, a core element of the TSP is to offer a process, using practical tools, to bridge the Unit Outline with the planning and design of the LEO unit.
Another core element of the program focuses on the why and how of Active Learning, and then provides a template, based on good practice models, that teaching staff can use as a guide when designing learning activities.
Lastly, the TSP explores various technology-enhanced learning approaches to match teaching strategies with the appropriate digital tool for use in online learning and teaching or F2F teaching environments.
Who is it for?
The program is aimed at lecturers and senior lecturers, both continuing and sessional. Other ACU staff with an interest in or responsibility for unit design and planning, particularly in LEO and other online environments, may also participate.
What level of professional development is the TSP?
In relation to ACU professional development for teaching staff, the Teaching Support Program falls between the Introduction to Learning and Teaching at ACU and the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. This program has been fully endorsed by ACU as an approved professional development activity for staff.
Who facilitates the program?
Educational Designers Meghan Appleby (North Sydney) and Peter Bruhn (Melbourne) from the Learning and Teaching Centre have developed and will facilitate the program.
What ACU staff have said about the Teaching Support Program.
Staff who completed the program in 2015:
“…I could see why my units haven’t been sufficiently engaging. I learn best by reading but I recognize that many (most?) or our current learners need to be more actively engaged…”
“… I learnt a great deal. Most importantly, the program gave me a frame of reference to reflect on my teaching practice, and put me in touch with a great many resources….”
“In practical terms the TSP helped me greatly in understanding what LEO has to offer in terms of "digital tools" and how these might be utilised to enhance online teaching and learning.”
The program comprises a series of sessions run over 7 weeks as outlined below. As each session builds on the previous one, participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions and complete post-session tasks. Please note that only one initial registration is required for all sessions.
9 Aug @ 2pm
16 Aug @ 2pm
23 Aug @ 2pm
30 Aug @ 2pm
6 Sept @ 2pm
13 Sept @ 2pm
20 Sept @ 2pm
Please ensure that you have sought approval from your HOS/HOD/LIC/Supervisor to undertake this professional development activity before registering.
To read more about the Teaching Support Program, visit the Learning and Teaching webpage