Professional workshops and events
Faculty Learning and Teaching teams and the Learning Innovation Hub create targeted workshops, events and programs to support learning and teaching at Macquarie. A calendar of upcoming events is available on Teche, the L&T community blog, which has stories, tips, information and professional learning features written by contributors across campus.
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Casual academic staff essentials
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Foundations in Learning and Teaching (FiLT)
FiLT is a professional learning program that provides a succinct, engaging and thought-provoking overview of higher education learning and teaching. FiLT has been recognised nationally as a leading foundations program and participant feedback is always positive.
FiLT is offered in blended mode, which integrates face-to-face, online, practical and reflective approaches to learning. It consists of components designed for the whole cohort (face-to-face sessions and online modules) plus components determined and specified by the Faculties, which vary depending on each Faculty’s particular strategies, teaching contexts and goals. Information on FiLT requirements and specific Faculty requirements can be found in the FiLT iLearn unit.
The Faculties and the Learning Innovation Hub (LIH) together administer, support, develop and deliver FILT in partnership. The FiLT content and learning activities are designed to provide a strong basis for your own ongoing development as a scholarly, reflective teacher and for your future professional recognition and career progression.
FiLT is being redeveloped in 2018, and is currently on hold (Session 1, 2018). Email email@example.com for more information on professional learning and teaching development at Macquarie.
Teaching Induction Program (TIP)
The Teaching Induction Program (TIP) is a blended professional learning experience for tutors and those new to university teaching, delivered through Faculty Learning and Teaching.
TIP is separate from, but designed to build upon, the Faculty Casual Staff Induction programs for new casual staff.
The requirements for TIP participation and certification are specified by each Faculty, and together should comprise approximately 8 hours of developmental activity and professional learning for staff new to teaching at Macquarie.
For all participants, required activities may include:
- modules from the TIP iLearn unit
- face-to-face workshops offered at Faculty level or centrally (e.g. Learning Technology Services iLearn workshops)
- specific learning and teaching events (e.g. LTX sessions, seminars, presentations)
- other Faculty- or department-based activities (e.g. participation in peer observation of teaching, contributions to curriculum development).
Faculty requirements for TIP completion are provided in the TIP iLearn unit.
Participants who fulfil all requirements will be awarded a TIP Certificate of Completion.
Please contact your Faculty Learning & Teaching teams for further details.
Peer observation and review of teaching and curriculum
Peer review of teaching and curriculum provide an opportunity for participants (both reviewer and reviewed) to gather evidence about, reflect on and enhance the quality of their teaching practice and curriculum design.
The term peer review encompasses a wide range of peer observation and evaluation practices, from classroom observation, assessment moderation and evaluation of learning activities (online or face-to-face), to cyclical review of curriculum at unit and program levels. It may be conducted by peers at all levels from institutional (department and faculty) to external (other universities and industry professionals). Peer review may be formative or summative, or it may have elements that fulfil both formative and summative purposes.
Models for peer review
There are many pathways to peer review and a range of models and frameworks that may be used as a basis for developing peer review practices. One such approach is the Model, developed through a nationally-funded project in which Macquarie played a leading role. You can find out more about this model on the Peer Review of Teaching website. This site provides a handbook and comprehensive resources to support the planning, implementation and documentation of peer review in its many forms.
At Macquarie, we are encouraging the development of systematic peer review of teaching and curriculum within our faculties and departments. The main purpose of these initiatives is to encourage a culture of collaboration and sharing of ideas and expertise in teaching and curriculum that will both build our capacity in these areas and enhance student learning. A further aim is to provide evidence to assist staff in career progression and professional recognition and to inform quality assurance processes.
Peer Review Resources
A number of groups in the University are using or adapting resources drawn from the Project to develop their peer review systems; others are drawing on different sources. We have established a Peer Review section in the Teaching and Curriculum Evaluation iLearn site (in development, July 2017), which includes a repository of locally-developed resource and links to external websites. We encourage you to explore this repository and use or adapt methods and materials as you wish!
Peer Review Community of Practice (PRCoP)
In addition to the faculty and department processes currently under way, we have established a cross-University Community of Practice to share and discuss peer review across faculty and office boundaries. Meetings include updates and showcases of peer review systems currently being developed and implemented at Macquarie and beyond.
PRCoP Members include academic staff, learning and teaching support staff and leaders of learning and teaching from the faculties, MUIC and the Learning Innovation Hub. If you would like to join and/or be on our mailing list, please contact Cathy Rytmeister (or 02 9850 9719).
Peer Review Contacts
Yvonne Breyer, Director, Learning and Teaching and Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Business and Economics
Peter Keegan, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching
Faculty of Arts
Panos Vlachopoulos, Associate Dean, Quality and Standards
Faculty of Arts
Agnes Bosanquet, Senior Teaching Fellow
Faculty of Human Sciences
Michael Hitchens, Associate Dean, Quality and Standards
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Joanne Lind, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Mirjana Jovancevic, Associate Director, MUIC Programs
Macquarie University International College (MUIC)
Cathy Rytmeister, Quality Assurance and Professional Development Lead
Learning Innovation Hub