Institute of Teaching and Learning

Professional Development for Teaching and Learning

Teaching at university

The Teaching at university module within the Professional Development for Casual Academic Staff (PDCAS) program is online and self paced that begins with a general overview of how teaching and learning is structured at Deakin. It then examines the scenario of a small class, which is the environment in which tutors will be predominantly involved. The module explores ways of managing a classroom, using different strategies to foster learning, being aware of the variety of learning styles students have, and of some suggestions for what to try when 'things go wrong'. Consideration is given to some of the theory which underpins education, but the main emphasis is deliberately practical.

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

  • identify the potential advantages of tutorial classes for student learning
  • recognise the complex nature of tutoring at university
  • appreciate what tertiary students regard as 'good teachers'
  • review strategies for developing as an effective tutor
  • identify various learning activities for use in class
  • design a basic plan for conducting a tutorial
  • organise small groups of students within a tutorial
  • describe different types of questioning
  • describe ways of managing difficult classroom situations
  • identify sources of extra advice about teaching.

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24th November 2010