Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating

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The PTD program has been postponed until further notice.

What is PTD?

Whether you are a new or experienced educator, walking into a classroom to teach can be daunting. At the Australian National University, Principles of Tutoring and Demonstrating (PTD) is an introductory program to help you familiarise yourself with important aspects of learning and teaching, in the context of tutoring and demonstrating.

At ANU, in addition to knowing logistics like dates, forms, and policy, you will need to develop a sense of who you are as a teacher. How will you prepare and run your lessons? How will you make them engaging? What evidence informs your teaching and what resources will you rely upon? In PTD, we will address these questions and much more. The key aim of the program is to help you to be an effective and reflective teacher.


Who can participate?

Participants of PTD are usually:

  • New tutors and laboratory demonstrators
  • Experienced tutors and demonstrators looking to consolidate their understanding
  • Early career academics with teaching responsibilities or those new to teaching
  • Professional staff with learner-centred support roles

Please note that if enrolment numbers are high, priority may be given to those who are currently teaching.


Program Description

PTD comprises seven core modules and two elective modules. *You must attend T1 before attending all other core modules of PTD.


Core Modules (T1 – T7)

T1 – Theories of Teaching

What does teaching mean to you? How does your sense of who you are as a teacher impact what you do in class? In this module we will compare different theories of learning and teaching and how they can be applied in the classroom.

T2 – Planning a Lesson

Not sure how to prepare for your first class or just want to learn more? In this module, we will cover effective lesson planning principles that can be used to design tutorial and laboratory activities.

T3 – Facilitation Skills

How do students learn and how do we engage them to learn? In this module, we will examine and practice essential facilitation skills that help you to respond to and interact with your students.

T4 – Facilitating Groups

How do you effectively teach groups of students? What are the benefits of learning in groups? In this module, we will develop small group and cooperative learning strategies you can purposefully utilise in your class to help students learn.

T5 – Dynamics and Diversity

This module will help you foster an inclusive learning environment and navigate the dynamic, interactive and social classrooms in which you will be teaching. We will examine the roles and responsibilities of the tutor and demonstrator, and the resources available to you and your students.

T6 – Assessment and Feedback

Tutors and demonstrators play an integral role in providing students feedback and are often involved in assessing their work. In this module, we will examine many aspects of assessment and feedback, including how to give meaningful feedback, and how to assess fairly and consistently.

T7 – Peer Observation and Feedback (a two hour out-of-class session) 

This out-of-class module provides a framework for you to observe, reflect and provide feedback on each other’s teaching practices. You will have the opportunity to share your teaching practice and build awareness of the impact of your teaching.


Elective modules:

T5.1 – Inclusive Teaching

Tutors and demonstrators are at the front line of teaching which means they are often the first to see and respond to challenging situations. This module delves into the details of what it means to engage in inclusive teaching and how to manage expectations and behaviours in a classroom.

T8 – Getting Started in Wattle

This module introduces online learning environments at ANU. The workshop will guide you in using Wattle, Turnitin, Echo360 ALP, and ePortfolio. There is also the option to stay for an additional hour if you would like support for specific issues or would like more time to explore the online learning environments.


Completion of the program

To successfully complete PTD, you must attend all seven core modules and one elective module of your choosing. In addition, you must complete take-home tasks to be submitted through Wattle.

Upon successful completion of PTD, you will receive a (non-award) certificate from ANU. This certificate, along with your take-home tasks may form the basis of an application for the award of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).



Participation in all PTD modules 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.