New to teaching

New to teaching

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Welcome to Teaching at Macquarie University. Teaching at a new institution can be a challenging time as you get your head around the culture and expectations of the University.

The following pages offer essential information for new teaching staff at Macquarie. Students are at the heart of everything we do, and we want our students to have an interactive, engaging and transformative learning experience. We have a team that is here to support you and your development as a teacher.

We welcome you to the Macquarie University community and look forward to supporting you and the learning experience of your students.

Teaching induction Information

As a newly appointed member of the MQ teaching staff, this is what your induction will look like:

  1. View the Orientation and Induction information to find out the requirements for Casual Academic Staff and Fixed-term/Continuing Staff.
  2. Complete compulsory onboarding modules (online) through HR in the first few weeks: Records and Information Management, Health and Safety, Privacy Awareness, Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion, Complaint Handling.
  3. Complete the Learning and Teaching Induction module (link to module in ELMO - note this link not yet available). This module has been designed to provide an overview of Learning and Teaching at Macquarie University.
    • What you need to know to start teaching at Macquarie
    • Developing your teaching practice
    • The strategies, structures, frameworks and policies that shape teaching at Macquarie
    • Learning technologies available for use
    • The history and context for learning and teaching at Macquarie
    • The organisational structures and key roles that ensure teaching quality
  4. Participate in Faculty and Department induction (organised by your faculty and department administrators)
  5. Visit the Getting Started website for general HR information about getting paid, timesheets, staff benefits, and getting set up with your OneID access to systems

Starting to teach

Technologies and systems

Familiarise yourself with these key learning technologies that support learning and teaching activities at Macquarie.


  • iLearn, the online learning system. A comprehensive set of iLearn guides and information will help to to become familiar with the iLearn system
  • iTeach, the online teaching and administration system,  will help you create unit guides, activate / create iLearn spaces and enroll teaching staff and student cohorts
  • Turnitin, the online platform students use to submit their assignments online, it also checks submissions for elements of plagiarism. Feedback Studio is a product within Turnitin which you will use to grade student assignments
  • Echo360, the University’s lecture recording system. It facilitates the automated capture and delivery of recordings to students through iLearn. The system also allows academics to upload recordings from other sources such as desktop capture. In most cases, the audio and presentation screen are recorded and, in some rooms, a camera view of the presentation is available. Note that microphones may pick up audio from across the lecture room!
  • Zoom, the video conferencing, facilitates real-time online communication and collaboration. It provides video and voice communication, text chat, interactive whiteboard, screen sharing and annotation. Through Zoom you can include an external guest speaker in your lecture and offer real-time online tutorials and virtual consultations for students.
  • Leganto, the online unit readings, are located in Leganto. Look for the Leganto box in your iLearn units. Academic staff can create reading lists directly in Leganto.
  • MQCMS, the University's Curriculum Management System, It is the single source of truth for curriculum design, development, approvals and publication. Data from MQCMS is used to populate our Handbook, CourseFinder and Student System settings.

Other Online Systems

Access the full list of all centrally supported online systems for staff.

Questions? Contact the Professional Development team via professional.learning@mq.edu.au

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