Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Contemporary approaches to University teaching

The Contemporary approaches to university teaching MOOC has been developed by a group of experts from universities across Australia, because we are committed to excellent university teaching and we believe that an introduction to learning and teaching concepts and strategies early in a teaching career can make a positive difference to those first few years of teaching – for both the teacher and the students.

You will see that the MOOC is designed to start in Orientation week with the module Teaching the first class. We haven't scheduled a module for the first week of teaching because it's such a busy time. The modules then recommence in the second week and go through to week 11. It's entirely up to you when you do the modules and which modules you do. We recommend doing all of them. It should take you about two hours to complete each module.  

The MOOC has been designed to be relevant to teaching colleagues on different contracts: sessional, contract, continuing, part time and full time. If you are a sessional staff member, you may find it useful to review the module for sessional staff in the documents section. This module provides resources specific to the needs of sessional staff.

As well as providing introductory modules that are relevant to all teaching colleagues, this semester we are piloting two specialty modules which will be relevant to some colleagues but not others: ‘Teaching maths’ and ‘Work integrated learning’. If these modules prove to be of interest and value, we will introduce more specialty modules in future semesters.

I hope that you find this MOOC to be of value to you as you learn more about contemporary teaching practices and student learning.

If by the end of the semester you complete six of the modules, not including the specialty modules but including the modules ‘Learning and Teaching Theories’ and ‘Scholarly teaching’, you will be sent a certificate of participation. To complete a module you are expected to complete any activities and quizzes in the module.

The UK Higher Education Academy awards internationally recognised teaching fellowships. In this MOOC we describe the documentation required to apply for an Associate Teaching Fellowship and indicate which modules will help you to develop that documentation.

While there is no formal assessment for the MOOC, we have designed an optional assessment task which you might consider useful for your career development. Read more about the optional assessment.

If you have any questions about this MOOC, please contact the facilitator, Kellie Smyth on  or 02 6272 6270. 

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