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OLT professional development program

Throughout the year OLT offers a range of professional development activities for Higher Education academics and VET teaching staff.  These include:

To find out what's on, or to register for a specific session, visit OLT's Professional Development Calendar.

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Teaching and learning qualifications

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

The TAA40104 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment specifies the competencies required to deliver training and conduct competency-based assessment in a range of contexts. It is the mandatory requirement for delivering and assessing 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

The Graduate 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 postgraduate qualification.

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

The Master 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 professional context.

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.

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Teaching portfolios

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.

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Other CDU professional development programs

Professional development for CDU staff is coordinated by People Management and Development (PMD) and aligned with the University's Staff Competency Framework. PMD provides access to a wide range of courses and programs including:

Professional development opportunities offered by other areas of CDU that may be of interest to teaching staff include:

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