Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Academic Professional Development

The University provides extensive opportunities for academic staff to become both effective and scholarly in their teaching practice.

Induction into Learning and Teaching at CSU

When academic staff are first appointed, they enter a formal induction into the principles and practices of learning and teaching at CSU. The University offers training for Induction on the ELMO online platform for all beginning staff.

Probation for Learning and Teaching

To meet probation requirements they must complete the first subject of the program, EEL516 Foundations of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education They may then complete the rest of the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Scholarship in Learning and Teaching

HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia) have developed a series of modules to build capacity in the scholarship of learning and teaching. According to HERDSA, the aim "is to introduce you to the nature, purpose and process of scholarship of teaching and learning, and act as a capacity building resource to assist you to develop and refine your SoTL knowledge and skills".

There are 5 self-paced modules that guide you through the process of conceptualising, designing and conducting a SoTL project, writing and disseminating your findings.

Individual members of HERDSA are able to access via the "My Dashboard" on the HERDSA website. For non-members, CSU has purchased an Institutional licence which allows you to access the modules. To gain access to the modules, please contact Matthew Larnach.

Continuing Learning and Teaching Professional Development at CSU

CSU academic staff are strongly supported in the professional development in learning and teaching with the aim of promoting good practice, innovation and scholarship in learning and teaching as well as curriculum development.

The Division of Learning and Teaching is one of the providers of staff development in learning and teaching to Faculties. The Learning Academy and the Learning Design Unit have a team of academic staff and educational designers who are available for consultation with academic staff about any development needs and the development of teaching portfolios.

Opportunities for professional development in teaching include:

Teaching Support and Resources

Learning Academy

Academic professional development is provided through the university to all academic staff and is coordinated by Learning Academy staff which promotes academic development, reward and recognition for teaching, peer review of educational practice, scholarship of teaching and learning, educational leadership development, and plays a key role in supporting the implementation of the CSU Institutional Cultural Competency Program.

Educational Designers

A large team of Educational Designers work with academic staff in designing and developing quality learning resources (including e-resources) that are supported by relevant communications technology, in particular, CSUInteract. Educational Designers are also involved in the evaluation of learning and teaching, staff development for academics, and the application of technology in learning and teaching.

Good practice guides

Online resources about teaching strategies - this page includes links to a number of useful sites dealing with specific aspects of teaching and learning

Online journals and associations - this page includes links to a number of valuable online journals and relevant industry associations