T&L Professional Development Programs
Throughout the year OLT offers a range of professional development
activities for Higher Education academics and VET teaching staff.
- personalised introductory sessions for new teaching staff at CDU
- compulsory introductory Learnline workshops for staff delivering units that make use of CDU’s online learning environment
- topic-specific Learnline
workshops providing more advanced and indepth training on particular
features of Learnline
- an annual VET professional development day providing in-service training on topical VET teaching issues such as developing learning and assessment strategies, assessing employability skills, managing apprentices, responding to literacy and numeracy needs and validating and moderating assessment
- tailored professional development sessions that respond to the
specific needs of individual Higher Education Schools and VET Divisions
- personalised assistance in course and unit development
- seminars and workshops on specific teaching and
learning topics, including applying for teaching and learning grants
and awards and developing a teaching portfolio.
To find out what's on, or to register for a specific session, visit OLT's Professional Development Calendar.
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment specifies the
competencies required to deliver training and conduct competency-based
a range of contexts. It is the mandatory requirement for delivering and
nationally accredited vocational education and training programs.
To find out more about the course, please contact either:
Business Advanced and TAA (Top End), Casuarina Campus
Phone: 08 8946 7521
Business, Information Technology and TAA (Central), Alice Springs
Phone: 08 8946 7524
Graduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education focuses on
enabling teaching staff to develop the core skills, versatility,
competence and confidence to teach effectively in higher education. It
also offers experienced teaching staff the opportunity to further
develop this aspect of their work and to obtain formal recognition as a
The course is available to CDU staff who are employed in a teaching role or a teaching support role. Applicants must be in a position to apply their learning to current teaching in higher education and to reflect upon it.
Master of Education
of Education program is designed to meet the
professional learning needs of professional educators and
practising teachers who are engaged in change management, policy
formation, the delivery of professional development and training
programs, tertiary education, informal and non-formal education in
community-orientated programs, working with volunteers and youth groups. It offers opportunities to negotiate a personalised
learning pathway suited to the specific needs of the educational or
The course has a research track for students seeking to better understand contemporary educational research or later enrolment in a research degree. Graduates may seek employment as project directors, curriculum specialists or educational consultants.
A teaching portfolio is a summary document of your teaching
philosophy, major accomplishments and strengths in teaching accompanied
by supplementary material that provides quantitative, qualitative and
contextual evidence of your claims.
You need a teaching portfolio:
• as part of your personal professional development
• to support applications for promotion or awards
• to manage your performance reviews more confidently and effectively
• as part of your preparation for university quality audits.
To help you compile your teaching portfolio we have put together a Teaching Portfolio Content Guide which you can download and use as a checklist. We have also produced An All-Level Professional Development Guide for Teaching Focused Academics in consultation with staff, Heads of School and Faculty Deans to help give you a better sense of the types of professional development activities you may benefit from engaging in at different stages of your career.
The NTEU has an online booklet about Preparing
and Presenting a Teaching Portfolio that is
clear and comprehensive. It explains the purpose of a teaching
portfolio and includes examples and a list of resources.
Ohio State University has a clear guide on Creating Your Teaching Portfolio with many examples of how others have gone about it from a variety of disciplines.
The University of Adelaide has a Developing Your Teaching Portfolio guide that uses similar student evaluation information to Charles Darwin University and includes an example of a teaching portfolio.
Teaching portfolios involve reflective writing. If you want to know more about reflective writing, Monash University has produced an online resource that discusses Reflective writing in education. Whilst written primarily for students, it includes definitions and examples that you may find useful.
The most widely cited book on teaching portfolios is by Peter Seldin:
Seldin, P. (1997). The teaching portfolio: A practical guide to improved performance and promotion and tenure decisions. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Anker.
If you prefer a visual explanation, you can borrow the 6 minute DVD A Teaching Portfolio, (QUT, 1995) from the CDU library. This describes a teaching portfolio using clear visual examples and featuring real academics from diverse backgrounds.
for CDU staff is coordinated by People
Management and Development (PMD) and aligned with the
Framework. PMD provides access to a wide
range of courses and programs including:
induction workshops on Indigenous culture awareness, fire awarness
and emergency evacuation, ergonomics in the workplace and
discrimination, harassment and bullying
- DevelopPD online short courses in IT skills, interpersonal skills and business skills
- Staff Professional Development Leave which enables staff to undertake a professional development leave program for up to six months.
Professional development opportunities offered by other areas of CDU that may be of interest to teaching staff include:
- Training in the use of Callista, the University's student management system, delivered by ITMS. This includes training in how to use Area 52 and eRollbook.
- Library tours and workshops as well as online tutorials and guides designed to assist staff and students with information literacy and researching skills.
- Postgraduate research
supervision and training available through the CDU Research Office, including
workshop and access
an online research supervision and training resource.
- A range of commercial short courses offered by CDU's Business Development area including personal development courses in time management, people skills and conflict resolution.