P&P program outline
Welcome to this professional development program run by the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) for staff at the University of Sydney. The purpose of this program is to give you a basic introduction to higher education teaching and learning principles. The program will address how best to facilitate the learning of your students, as well as how to enhance their understanding, and will help you to develop some practical teaching skills. Completion of this program has been made mandatory for some academic staff as a condition of their appointment. Whatever your reasons for doing this program, we welcome you and hope you will find it beneficial.
The full Principles & Practice (P&P) program involves two days run by the ITL followed by faculty-endorsed activities. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to you once you have completed the 2-day ITL component and the agreed faculty component. Please contact your Associate Dean Learning and Teaching to receive your Certificate of Completion.
Aims of the program
This program will offer you the chance to reflect on your own experiences of teaching and learning in relation to current research into how students learn and how our approaches to teaching may influence that learning. The program looks at practical models and methods we can use to enhance student learning in a variety of contexts, and how to integrate all elements of good curriculum design. Some of you have already chosen to proceed from this program into the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) taught by ITL staff. The P&P program forms part of the preparatory work for the Graduate Certificate.
Academic staff of the Institute for Teaching and Learning, Sydney eLearning staff and guest presenters from faculties.
Learning commitments, contact and preparation
The learning commitments include pre-reading.
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion from your Associate Dean Learning and Teaching you must complete each day of the program, from 9.30am-4.30pm. Attendance at the first morning is a prerequisite for attendance at any subsequent sessions. If you miss a session after the first morning we will ask you to make up that session in a later program.
Student learning outcomes
By the end of the program, you will have:
- Engaged with some of the current research on student learning and its implications for your teaching
- Considered various models and methods which have developed out of the research
- Developed your understanding of how students learn and applied that understanding to your own curriculum
- Developed the ability to further improve your students' learning in the future.
Program details and timetable
Click here to view the program (pdf file).