The University of Sydney offers a staged program of workshops and courses to support university staff in their teaching work. These programs are offered in collaboration with faculty colleagues and units across the University. Activities range from e-learning courses offered by Sydney eLearning, faculty based mentoring and staff development workshops, formal postgraduate degree courses taught by the ITL and offered through the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and doctoral study in the ITL in the field of university teaching and learning and academic development, through arrangements with several faculties.
These programs are designed to introduce participants to the current principles, debates and practices of higher education teaching and learning in the context of this university’s policies. Participants are encouraged to develop scholarly, research-enriched approaches to their teaching, and engage in activities and tasks designed to cultivate critical reflection on teaching and learning in their own contexts. A particular feature of the ITL programs is the emphasis on the value of multi-disciplinary collaboration in relation to university teaching and learning.
The ITL sends all academics new to the University a resource pack to support their teaching. New academic staff are also normally required to undertake the first of the ITL programs, the Principles and Practice of University Teaching and Learning program which includes faculty based activities. Sessional teaching staff at the University are supported through a variety of workshops and programs in their faculties. Following the ‘Principles and Practice Program’, many staff choose to complete the one year part-time Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education), to gain a qualification in university teaching. Some continue on to a Graduate Diploma or Masters in Educational Studies. The ITL also offers a Foundations of Research Supervision especially for new supervisors at the University.
ITL academics also supervise research students who are enrolled in various faculties depending on their research topic. Prospective doctoral students are welcome to contact the ITL to discuss their proposed studies.