Professional Learning

Professional Learning

The Professional Learning and Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) Framework

PLaCE Framework

Macquarie University’s Professional Learning and Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) Framework makes explicit the capabilities for the professional practice of teaching and teaching support at Macquarie. The PLaCE framework situates student learning at the centre of Macquarie’s education practice, recognising the need for staff to enhance their own learning for this purpose.

The PLaCE framework enables academic and professional staff, including sessional staff, to integrate their teaching development and evidence achievement for recognition. Its purpose is to guide staff:

  • seeking professional learning and recognition of achievement,
  • undertaking scholarly reflection on practice,
  • applying for roles or promotion,
  • serving on promotion or selection committees, and
  • participating in performance development reviews.

The PLaCE framework is a key enabler of the Learning and Teaching Strategic Framework 2020-2024.

Find your professional development pathway

Find professional development and resources relevant for your learning and teaching role using this interactive Persona Tool. Each Persona represents a different academic or learning support role at Macquarie and is aligned with some developmental capabilities from the PLaCE framework.

How to use the PLaCE Persona tool

Choose the Persona that best describes you and click on the image. You will then see a couple of developmental capabilities from the PLaCE framework that are relevant to the selected role. There are suggestions for targeted professional development resources, programs and/or communities of practice to support you in achieving those capabilities. More resources and programs will be added over time.

Note you may find that your specific role crosses over with more than just one of the personas, in which case we invite you to look at both Personas to see the suggestions for development and capability enhancement.

Persona tool

Learning and Teaching Staff Development Team:

Helping to ensure our teaching staff are supported to facilitate quality learning for students by:

  • offering professional development,
  • contributing to curriculum and assessment design,
  • recognising and rewarding good practice,
  • supporting peer review of teaching, and
  • leading scholarly reflection.

Learn more about the Learning and Teaching Staff Development Team by reading their profile in This Week.

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Academic promotion

Macquarie University’s academic promotion scheme has a holistic approach to recognising academic achievement, supporting staff to progress their academic career on the basis of merit, performance, and achievement. Read about academic promotion policy, application process, and the criteria for each level.

Questions? Contact the Professional Development team via

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