Exploring Learning and Teaching (ELT)

Provider business unit: Centre for Learning & Teaching »

What is Exploring Learning and Teaching (ELT)?

ELT offers a hands-on experience that introduces you to important aspects of learning and teaching in the higher education context. This program is ideal for anyone who is new to teaching or looking consolidate their teaching practice.

In addition to knowing logistics like ANU policies, services and structures, you will need to cultivate a sense of who you are as an educator. How will you prepare to teach? How will you make the learning experience engaging, purposeful and inclusive? Which education technologies will you use and why? What evidence informs your teaching and what resources will you rely upon? In ELT, we will address these questions and much more.

This program will equip you with the skills to be an effective and reflective educator.

 

Who can participate?

ELT participants are usually:

  • People thinking about teaching at ANU;
  • Educators and academics who are still relatively new to teaching at ANU;
  • Experienced educators looking to consolidate their teaching practice; and
  • Professional staff with learner-centred support roles.

 

Program description: 

ELT comprises seven core modules:

  • Module 1 – Setting the Scene
    Every learner, educator, and institution is unique, and ANU is no exception.  Find out about the primary policies, structures, and services that underpin learning and teaching at ANU, and in your specific discipline, in this asynchronous module.
     
  • Module 2 – Approaches to Learning and Teaching
    While “learning and teaching” are often used interchangeably, they have vastly different foundations and principles.  This module examines what learning within higher education looks like, and how your sense of who you are as an educator affects that learning.
     
  • Module 3 – Facilitating Learning
    Not all learning and teaching styles are equal.  This module develops your teaching to enhance learning by focusing on facilitation and learner engagement/engaging learners.
     
  • Module 4 – Feedback and Marking for Learning
    Simultaneously one of the most challenging, and most important, components of learning and teaching, meaningful feedback enhances and reiterates learning for life.  This module examines how to provide meaningful feedback, and how to assess learning fairly and consistently.
     
  • Module 5 – Planning Your Teaching Practice
    At the core of effective learning and teaching lies preparation and planning.  This module applies the elements of learning and teaching covered in the previous modules to devise powerful planning principles and processes.
     
  • Module 6 – Inclusive Teaching Practice
    The concept of “the traditional learner” is constantly changing.  Develop inclusive teaching practices in this module to create positive learning environments that celebrate and promote diversity.
     
  • Module 7 – Learning from Your Teaching Practice
    Learning never truly ends, especially for educators.  Through peer-observation and self-reflection, this asynchronous module provides a framework for lifelong professional development in higher education.

 

Completion of the program

To successfully complete the program, participants must attend and actively engage in all synchronous modules, as well as completing the asynchronous modules.  In addition, participants must complete take-home tasks to be submitted through Wattle.

Participants may attempt program modules in any order, and do not have to register for all modules at one time.  Please note that all modules must be completed within a 2-year period to be eligible to successfully complete the program.  Participants who exceed a 2-year period should contact staffeducation@anu.edu.au to discuss options.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a non-award certificate from the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT).  This certificate, along with the take-home tasks, may form the basis of an application with the ANU Education Fellowship Scheme.

 

Cost

Participation is free of charge for staff of the Australian National University.

However, a no-show/cancellation fee of $50 per person, per module is charged where notification of non attendance is not received 48 hours prior to the start of any face-to-face modules.