Institute of Teaching and Learning

Professional Development for Teaching and Learning

Teaching in tutorials

The Teaching in tutorials workshop within the Professional Development for Casual Academic Staff (PDCAS) program is designed for all academic staff who are new to teaching or who just want to share ideas about teaching in small classes. Both lecturers and sessional teachers are welcome to attend. Sessional teachers and casual academics will gain credit towards the PDCAS program facilitated by the Institute if they attend.

This face-to-face workshop or self paced online module alerts participants to the basics of effective teaching in small classes. The content of this module has been designed to reflect both the broad range of literature on effective teaching, and suggestions from experienced casual academics at Deakin.

Each section begins with a brief commentary to focus participants' learning. Participants are then encouraged to think practically about teaching in their own context by means of a series of activities. Then follows a range of teaching tips and tactics for participants to consider, along with some useful learning resources. Ultimately participants are encouraged to reflect on their own teaching by means of sets of scaffolding questions. This design deliberately avoids a didactic approach of providing a whole lot of educational theory.

At the completion of this module participants should be able to:

  • identify the keys to conducting the first tutorial
  • plan an effective tutorial
  • reflect on strategies for facilitating good classroom discussions
  • identify and plan for methods of managing classroom issues that might arise
  • apply some educational theory as they develop as a higher education teacher
  • reflect on their own approach to teaching.

Please check the schedule to register for upcoming events.

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28th June 2011