Foundations of University Learning and Teaching Program (FULT)

The Foundations in University Learning and Teaching (FULT) program is a modularised program of professional learning experiences aimed at developing the foundational knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to teach in higher education in an effective and scholarly way. 

FULT comprises 5 modules that combine online learning with face to face sessions.  Participants may choose to participate in and complete any one or more of these modules as a non-certified or non-accredited professional development experience.   Alternatively, participants may choose to complete all 5 of these modules and submit an e-portfolio containing evidence of their engagement with and completion of the learning activities associated with all five of the modules and receive a Certificate of Completion.
 
Participants who initially choose to complete a selection of FULT modules as a professional development activity without receiving the Certificate of Completion may subsequently decide to complete the program by (a) joining  the modules and activities in future offerings of the FULT program and (b) collecting the required evidence of engagement and completion in an e-portfolio.
 
Those wishing to leverage their participation in FULT as a means of gaining admission to the University’s Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT), with advance standing for the introductory course EDST5121, will need to satisfactorily complete an additional 80-90 hours of reading and assessment work.

If you have an enquiry about the program, please email FULT@unsw.edu.au

 

Registration

Official registration and module selection for FULT 1402 can be made via the link below. Alternatively, you can express your interest in the 2015 FULT program. 2015 dates and times will be confirmed as soon as possible.

 

Program Aims

The FULT program aims to help you to increase your understanding and develop skills and confidence in your learning and teaching practice, drawing from your own reflections, experience of your peers and educational literature. After completing this program you should be able to:

  • Review your teaching and/or learning practice drawing on various sources of evidence.
  • Align learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, and assessment strategies in your context.
  • Demonstrate awareness of UNSW support structures and policies relevant to your learning and teaching context.

Topic Areas

The FULT program includes sessions on:

  • approaches to student learning and how this relates to your particular context and discipline
  • fundamentals of good practice in curriculum development
    • constructive alignment between teaching aims, learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment
    • appropriate assessment approaches to support intended student learning
  • teaching and learning strategies relevant to specific teaching contexts
  • developing your teaching practice through your own reflection, input from your colleagues and student feedback
  • practical demonstration of a learning and teaching strategy and methodology informed by current theory and good practice.

Dates for 2014

FULT adopts “flipped classroom” and “blended learning” approaches. Participants who attend the F2F activities are required to have gone through the online resources and activities prior to attending the F2F session. They are also expected to complete the follow-up online tasks, and maintain an e-portfolio as part of the program. In order to gain a Certificate of Completion, participants must complete all 5 modules and submit the e-portfolio. However, participants can choose to take some modules in FULT 1401 and others in FULT 1402.

Each FULT module (including online and F2F activities) will run over the period of 2 weeks. The total time commitment of the program is approximately 25 hours. Each module iincludes 2 hours of F2F class-time and an additional 2-4 hours of activities online.

FULT 1402: Semester 2, 2014

The face to face sessions of FULT 1402 will take place in The Galleries, John Niland Scientia Building, Kensington campus on Tuesdays, 10am-12pm

Overview and Student Learning: 14- 27 July, F2F session on Tuesday, 22 July, 10-12

Educational Design: 28 July - 17 August , F2F session on Tuesday, 12 August 10-12

Evaluation: 18 - 31 August, F2F session on Tuesday, 26 August, 10-12

Assessment and Feedback: 1 - 21 September, F2F session on Tuesday, 9 September, 10-12 (to be held in the Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building)

Teaching for Learning: 22 September - 19 October, F2F session on Tuesday, 14 October, 10-12

26 October- Submission of e-portfolio

 

FULT 1401: Semester 1, 2014

The face to face sessions of FULT 1401 will take place in The Galleries, John Niland Scientia Building, Kensington campus on Wednesdays, 10am-12pm.

Overview and Student Learning: 31 March – 13 April, F2F session on Wednesday, 9 April, 10-12

Educational Design: 14 April – 4 May, F2F session on Wednesday, 30 April, 10-12

Evaluation: 5 – 18 May, F2F session on Wednesday, 14 May, 10-12

Assessment and Feedback: 19 May – 1 June, F2F session on Wednesday, 28 May, 10-12

Teaching for Learning: 2 – 8 June, F2F session on Wednesday, 4 June, 10-12

15 June - Submission of e-portfolio

Program Requirements

Entry requirements

To enrol in the program, you must be employed by the University and be teaching a formal university course and/or workshops and seminars for students or staff. The FULT program focuses on sustained teaching development, and is not an induction program. The program builds on the participants' prior teaching experience; therefore, we advise participants to teach at UNSW for at least one semester before attending FULT.

Attendance requirements

FULT 1401 and 1402 will each consist of an overview session and 4 additional modules. To complete a module, a participant will have to provide evidence and reflection via an E-Portfolio after completing the associated tasks and face to face session of that module. Before enrolling, consider whether you can meet the expected time commitment, keeping in mind your workload and other commitments (e.g. ARC submission deadlines, assessment marking or staff meetings).

Completion requirements

Participants may choose to complete all 5 of the FULT modules and submit an e-portfolio containing evidence of their engagement with and completion of the learning activities associated with all five of the modules and receive a Certificate of Completion.

Participants who initially choose to complete a selection of FULT modules as a professional development activity without receiving the Certificate of Completion may subsequently decide to complete the program by (a) joining the modules and activities in future offerings of the FULT program and (b) collecting the required evidence of engagement and completion in an e-portfolio.

Accreditation

The FULT certificate can be included in your teaching portfolio, and in applications for promotion and other forms of recognition. This program articulates with the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, which is an accredited university program. Those wishing to leverage their participation in FULT as a means of gaining admission to the University’s Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT), with advance standing for the introductory course EDST5121, will need to satisfactorily complete an additional 80-90 hours of reading and assessment work.

Exemptions

For some academic staff, your employment at UNSW is conditional on you attending FULT within the first three years of your appointment. If you have significant teaching experience and/or formal teaching qualifications, an exemption may be granted on the grounds of (one or more of) the following:

  • successful completion of a Graduate Certificate, a Diploma or Master's degree in Higher Education at UNSW or another university
  • successful completion of a higher education course equivalent to the Foundations of University Learning and Teaching program, at UNSW or another university.
  • demonstrated experience of at least three years in high quality university teaching, i.e. learning and teaching awards, Vice-Chancellor's teaching excellence awards, citation etc.

If you meet these criteria, complete the Exemption Form and email it to FULT@unsw.edu.au

Benefits and Testamonials

Benefits for participants

The FULT program aims to help you to develop an understanding of, and skills and confidence in, your teaching practice. This process is supported by a comprehensive workshop folder that contains readings and resources that you can use to further enhance your teaching practice.

Frequently reported benefits by previous participants include:

  • the opportunity to get feedback on your teaching from colleagues and workshop facilitators in a supportive environment
  • cross-disciplinary sharing of ideas and strategies with colleagues involved in learning and teaching
  • interaction with and support of learning partners and colleagues.

Academics Discuss Benefits of FULT

Featuring Dr. Frances Miley, Dr. Husna Razee and Dr. Duncan McDuie-Ra


 

 

Testimonials

"It was a wonderful experience. I feel very lucky to have had this training and time to think about my teaching practice. I eagerly look forward to putting what I have learnt into practice."

"I found the opportunity to network with colleagues of different level[s] of teaching experience especially helpful in my current and future teaching/career planning. Also the open and friendly environment for idea exchange and instant feedback were very welcoming and helpful."

"I learnt that many of my teaching practices are on the right track, but now I have more skills and tools for reflecting upon and refining my teaching. The course made explicit many of things that intuitively make sense, but I think having done the course, the processes of development of my teaching practices will improve and become more rational. And with this comes confidence that I can keep learning from, and enjoying, teaching."

 

Contact

If you have an enquiry about the program email FULT@unsw.edu.au