Teaching and Learning at ANU: Foundations

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This is a course designed for educators who may be relatively new to university teaching, or for established staff that would like to revisit the roots of what constitutes the foundations of university teaching and learning at ANU. 

Who can participate

Foundation modules are suited to:

  • All academics (Levels A to E) new to the ANU and/or new to teaching;
  • Experienced lecturers wanting to reflect on and discuss their teaching;
  • Research-focused academics adding a teaching role to their activities;
  • Professional staff with learner centred support roles

Course Description

The overall aim for the course is to equip ANU teachers with strategies, tools, and frameworks to support their university teaching. 

Core Modules (F1-F10)

·         Module 1 - What makes a quality educator? – Explores the core dimensions of professionalism and quality in teaching. Participants will develop specific learning outcomes they would like to achieve from this course.

·         Module 2 - Teaching for learning – Examines how students learn in relation to different approaches to teaching in higher education.

·         Module 3 - Small group collaborative learning – Explores the nature of small group collaborative teaching and the its impact on learning.

·         Module 4 - Course design – Addresses principles of course design (and learning activities) at ANU using findings from research on what makes an effective course and learning activity.

·         Module 5 - Assessment and feedback – Delves into ideas and methods of assessment for learning.

·         Module 6 -  Inclusive teaching – Explores how we can achieve equity within ANU and in society through how we teach.

·         Module 7 -  Evaluation of teaching and learning – Reviews the processes used at ANU to evaluate teaching and learning, and considers this in light of the continual enhancement of teaching and learning.

·         Module 8 - Designing Curriculum for Student Engagement – Looks at the drivers of curriculum design in ANU and the higher education sector.

·         Module 9 - Technology-enhanced learning – Considers the role technology has upon student learning.

·         Module 10 - Your teaching philosophy – A capstone module in which participants are invited to consolidate their learning and consider how they can share, illustrate and demonstrate their professionalism in teaching for the purposes of achieving recognition. This may include an HEA teaching fellowship, making a case for education in promotions, and applying for teaching awards.

Optional Modules (F11 and F12) 

Participants may substitute any of the core modules (F1-F10) with either of the two optional modules. Alternatively, you can choose to complete all 12 modules.

·         Module 11 - Postgraduate Supervision – Explores the craft of HDR supervison, reviews relevant ANU policies and helps participants develop 'golden rules' for effective supervision.

·         Module 12 - APD Pathway to the EFS – This non-compulsory information session shows you how to transition from Foundations into the Educational Fellowships Scheme (EFS) and expand your reflections into a narrative appropriate for the Fellowship category of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).  

Teaching and Learning at ANU: Foundations addresses all three of the dimensions of the professional standards framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

The course is designed for staff who want their teaching to be engaging, transformative and inspiring.

Requirements for the course

To successfully complete the course, participants must attend and participate in ten 2-hour interactive modules to be held at the CHELT Seminar Room, Building 10T1.

During the course participants will be invited to write  3 short reflective pieces (each approximately 400 words) on key aspects of university teaching, specifically about what they have learnt and/or are doing in relation to:  

  1. Designing and planning learning activities and/or programs of study 
  2. Teaching and/or supporting learning 
  3. Assessing and giving feedback to learners 
  4. Developing effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance 
  5. Engaging in continuous professional development in subjects/disciplines and pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship, and the evaluation of professional practices 

As a capstone activity participants will be asked to contemplate their teaching in a brief teaching philosophy statement (400 words). 

In addition to these reflective pieces and the teaching philosophy,  participants will join the online course forums which will allow an extension of the class discussions. The forums work more effectively as a tool for participants’ learning when they not only initiate a conversation with a question or comment, but also engage in responding to questions and comments. This results in a rich discussion on topics important to all Foundation participants. In this spirit, we will ask participants to write a minimum of 7 posts throughout the duration of the course. 


Participation in all Foundations modules is free of charge for Australian National University staff.

However, a no show/cancellation fee of $50.00 per person per module is charged where notification of non-attendance is not received within 48 hours of the start of face to face modules.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of Teaching & Learning at ANU: Foundations you will receive a (non-award) certificate from the University. This certificate, along with your reflective pieces of writing, may form the basis for of an application for a Higher Education Fellowship at the level of Fellow.