Suitable for: The FULT program is suitable for all academic staff with teaching responsibilities and professional staff in related roles.
FULT is compulsory for all new continuing and fixed term (longer than 12 month contract) academic staff with teaching duties at all levels (A-E) employed since the beginning of 2018. For these staff, FULT should be completed within the first 12 months of commencing work at the University.
If you have no teaching experience and are currently completing a research degree please register your interest in the Beginning to Teach Program.
About the Program
The FULT program is offered to UNSW teaching staff who wish to develop their practice by exploring a range of perspectives, ideas, theories, and practical approaches to learning and teaching in the higher education context. FULT is offered in a blended learning mode. The FULT format aligns with the UNSW 2025 aspirations, Scientia Educational Experience Dimensions and Strategic directions, including enhanced technology use in learning and teaching.
The FULT program is designed 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:
1. Identify, discuss and critically reflect on student learning in face-to-face, blended and online teaching contexts in higher education, drawing on pedagogical literature.
2. Recognise, interpret and critically analyse complex problems and educational design challenges related to learning and teaching to generate and implement effective solutions.
3. Analyse and evaluate learning and teaching practices using evidence from a range of sources to enhance practice.
4. Apply knowledge, skills and reflective practice to develop professional judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a scholarly practitioner in higher education.
The FULT Program Outline can be accessed here (link opens .pdf document in a new window).
The FULT program is underpinned by the beliefs that learning is most effective when learners are
Actively engaged: you will have an opportunity to engage in an active process of making sense of new ideas or experiences. This will involve action (trying out of new ideas) and reflection (based on feedback).
Draw on own practice and prior knowledge in authentic environments: you will have an opportunity to reflect on your own practice, work with authentic scenarios and own examples emerging from your practice, and the practice of your colleagues.
Build connections: you will have opportunities to build connections with peers and with teachers.
Understand the expectations: the various options and paths through the program will be made explicit to you. Program facilitators will be available to provide guidance.
Are challenged and supported: the program will model a climate of enquiry where you will feel challenged, while being supported to take sensible risks in your teaching.
Learner diversity is respected and catered for: the program will model inclusive learning environment where learners feel valued and respected.
The learning activities in the program include:
individual learning activities (reflecting, reading, critiquing program materials, completing individual tasks and assessments);
group learning activities, which will model a range of teaching strategies in both face-to-face and online contexts.
For academics who have significant teaching experience and formal teaching qualifications, an exemption may be granted on the grounds of one or more of the following:
- successful completion of a tertiary education-focused award qualification (AQF 7 or above) at UNSW or another university
- successful completion of a higher education teaching preparation course equivalent to UNSW's Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT) program
- demonstrated evidence of sustained high quality university teaching and evidence of proficiency
Evidence of proficiency in university teaching includes:
- teaching awards, citations and grants (UNSW, OLT or equivalent)
- demonstrated contribution to the improvement of learning and teaching (e.g. invited presentations, published physical/digital teaching materials, textbooks, e-games)
- recognised leadership in teaching with evidence of influencing and supporting peers to innovate or change their educational practice and/or policy at course/program/school/faculty/UNSW/external level (e.g. Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee, leadership/invited role in academic development activities and workshops, peer mentoring, pivotal role implementing improvements to learning and teaching in relation to Assurance of Learning or other strategic initiatives, leadership role in collaborative course/program design
- a portfolio of evidence equivalent to that assembled to develop a teaching case for promotion (this will include CATEI or MyExperience data but student satisfaction measures along are insufficient.) Refer to the UNSW Academic Promotions Toolkit for guidance
Please attach evidence of recognition (e.g. award, hard/soft copies or link to publications/teaching materials; presentations/invitations, peer reviews/testimonials/citations; evidence of impact on peers' teaching practice/policy and student learning; documentation of the teaching case for promotion
If you meet these criteria please fill in the Application for Exemption: Foundations of University Learning and Teaching form (PDF) and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education).
FULT is one of a series of programs on university learning and teaching, described in Image 1, below. Successful completion of the FULT program, is one of the requirements to gain entry into the University’s Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT), which is offered by the School of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. For more information please email: email@example.com.
Image 1. Programs for learning and teaching at UNSW.
The FULT program aims to help you to develop an understanding of, and skills and confidence in, 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.
Participants commented that:
"The best thing about FULT was producing assessment work that is relevant and that I can use in my professional career."
"I found so much of what we learned in FULT to be highly useful and directly relevant to teaching that I have recommended it to every colleague I encounter."
"What I learned in this FULT course has been incredible and so useful in my work. I used it immediately for a short training course I conducted and then for two lectures I gave in a new elective course I designed with my colleagues launched just this semester. I am now about to embark on designing a new online four week course as well as a short 4 day intensive course. The, knowledge, skills and material from FULT have been incredibly useful as basic theory on which to build my teaching material around."
The aim of the FULT Alumni Network Group is to provide an opportunity for alumni to get together and explore the latest issues, innovations and future directions in higher education learning and teaching.
The network will meet 2 times a year and supports the leadership potential of alumni as champions of learning and teaching.
Anyone who is a current UNSW staff member that has completed the FULT program in the past, is invited to be a part of the network.
Upcoming FULT Alumni Meetings
- Wednesday 8 May 2019 from 12pm - 2pm in Mathews Room 228
- Thursday 12 September 2019 from 12pm - 2pm in TBC
UNSW FULT Alumni Scholarship
The winners of the UNSW FULT Alumni Scholarship award for 2018 were announced at the inaugural launch event on Friday 21 September 2018. They are:
- Christine Mathies, UNSW Business School: The power of student feedback
- Lisa Anne Williams, Faculty of Science: Awe in Science learning
- Jessica Macer-Wright, Faculty of Medicine: Keeping the rural in rural medicine
The scholarship can be used to support your research, writing and dissemination of learning and teaching scholarship at a conference or in a journal.*
*Allowable budget expenses include conference registration and travel costs associated dissemination (e.g. refereed abstract, poster, workshop, roundtable) at with a conference, professional network meeting/event and/or visit to other universities. Non-allowable expenses include personnel (e.g. clerical/research support) and equipment costs.
- Must be a current UNSW staff member and FULT Alumnus who has completed the FULT program (awarded a FULT certificate)
- Education Focused Academics are not eligible for this scholarship
The paper/presentation must focus on learning and teaching in Higher Education. Submissions will be assessed against the rubric (.pdf opens in new window).
- You will be required to upload your final paper/presentation to the FULT alumni website (within 12 months of the award);
Papers/presentations need to include the following acknowledgement: Support for this paper/presentation has been provided by UNSW’s Foundations of University Learning and Teaching Alumni Scholarship.
If you have an enquiry about the program please contact us.