The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Portfolio and the Division of Research collaborated to develop the program, and it is facilitated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Portfolio. The program draws from the expertise of UNSW academics and the experience of UNSW students.
The program introduces participants to a range of topics and issues in learning and teaching that are key to getting started with teaching. Sessions explore perspectives on student learning, good practice in how to plan and facilitate a learning experience, and the basics of assessment and feedback. The program also gives participants the opportunity to plan, facilitate and evaluate a short teaching session.
The program models a blended learning approach, comprising four sessions that combine face-to-face with online activities using Moodle. As they engage in blended learning activities, participants will experience and explore the potential of this learning environment, including how it builds interaction with fellow participants.
Program fees for UNSW ECRs and HDRS will be sponsored by the University upon admission into this program.
The program aims to help participants develop their understanding of learning and teaching and build skills and confidence in planning and facilitating a teaching session. After completing this program they should be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of some key elements of learning and how they relate to teaching and to their disciplinary context.
2. Plan, facilitate and evaluate a short teaching session that aligns aims and approach with outcomes.
3. Give and receive feedback to colleagues regarding teaching and to students regarding assessment of learning.
The program will run over 8 weeks with total participation time (face-to-face and online) of approximately 16 hours.
The Beginning to Teach program will run once in 2019. Participants need to be able to attend the face-to-face sessions of the program and should seek the appropriate approvals from Supervisors. The face-to-face sessions are scheduled as follows:
- 10 May 2019, Colombo Theatre, UNSW Kensington | Map reference B16
- 24 May 2019, Colombo Theatre, UNSW Kensington | Map reference B16
- 7 June 2019, Tyree Room, Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington | Map reference G19
- 21 June, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW Kensington | Map reference C27
If you are interested in participating in the 2019 BTT program then please fill out the expression of interest form below under Registration.
The program is designed for UNSW ECRs or HDRs who are not currently teaching and with no experience of teaching. Those who are teaching at UNSW should attend the Foundations of University Learning and Teaching program, which uses the teaching experience of participants as a foundation for exploring how they might extend their teaching and curriculum design capabilities.
Please click here and fill out the survey to express your interest in the BTT Program.
Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion on completion of all elements of the program.
You are required to attend at least three of the four face-to-face sessions, however please note that it is mandatory to attend and successfully meet the requirements of Session 4 (Trying it out: Practice teaching session) in order to receive your Certificate of Completion.
Before enrolling, consider whether you can meet the requirements (mandatory attendance at Session 4), keeping in mind your workload and other commitments.
Should participants wish to extend their development once they commence teaching, they can undertake the Foundations of University Learning and Teaching program (FULT@unsw.edu.au)
"A few weeks after I finished the program, I was invited to be a guest Lecturer of a Master's level class (teaching for two days and four sessions in total). I felt confident in class and was able to keep students attention during the teaching session for as long as four hours! Another great feeling was when various students and the Course Convenor shared very positive remarks. Personally, I feel that BTT had a great role in helping me refine my skills and use them strategically. I am delighted to share this with the wonderful BTT staff and grateful for their time and efforts”.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further enquiries about this program.