Here’s how to access the professional learning programs and resources for teaching that are available for Session 1.

The professional learning for teaching development offerings in S1 2021 will be guided by the objectives of the University Operating Plan, faculty learning and teaching support priorities, as well as our business-as-usual workshops and training.

Programs and workshops

Staff Induction Module:

All teaching staff commencing at Macquarie from session 1, 2021 onwards will be required to complete this new learning and teaching module as part of their induction process. It is designed to introduce key aspects of learning and teaching and will complement Faculty and Department Induction processes.

Access the L&T Staff Induction module in Workday, the new HR system.

Teaching Online:

A program to support those new to teaching online, especially tutors and sessional teachers, developed and facilitated by learning designers and academic developers across the University. Program takes approximately five hours and is available now. Enrol at any time and go at your own pace.

Details and enrolment here.

Self-paced and facilitated learning to support the use of technology and tools:

As in previous sessions, we offer self-paced and facilitated training to support all staff using iLearn, including using Gradebook, Feedback Studio and Rubrics. Targeted workshops for tutors and unit convenors plus a new workshop on using ECHO360 universal capture.

Current workshop Details here

Promoting student employability:

Zoom workshops running weekly from February through to May 2021: using CareerHub, MyMQ CareerZone, and LinkedIn for networking

Details here

Beginning to Teach:

A 4-week online program designed to develop the teaching capability of those with limited or no experience of teaching. The program includes an opportunity for participants to plan, facilitate and evaluate a short (‘micro’) teaching session and receive peer feedback. The Session 1 program has already commenced however it will be offered again mid-year.

Program dates: 28 June – 23 July, 2021

Read the Program Guide

Express your interest to join the mid year intake

Other workshops currently in development (check Teche for updates)

  • Teaching award workshops for applicants and assessors
  • Peer review of teaching
  • Self-guided teaching development in WorkDay
  • Teaching and learning themed discussion sessions

External professional learning:

There are some external professional learning offerings which are relevant, such as ANU Coffee Courses and Coursera offerings.

The Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching MOOC is a self-paced teaching induction course which includes content developed by Macquarie University staff. Enrol here.


Access this range of resources to support your teaching practice. Topics covered include:

  • Active learning / Engaging students
  • Using Technology
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Supporting students
  • Reflection and review
  • Learning and teaching scholarship
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching online
  • New to teaching

We will be releasing further resources throughout the session via the Teche blog. Ensure you don’t miss out by subscribing to Teche.

Communities of practice

There are some great opportunities for you to engage with like-minded colleagues. Why not join one of these Communities of Practice groups:

  • Learning and Teaching Podcast Discussion Club (like a book club, for podcasts).
  • Learning and Teaching SWAT Team
  • Teaching and Leadership Community of Practice – shape how we lead learning and teaching at MQ.
  • Learning Technology Research Cluster Group

More information or to join

There’s more to come…

The Learning and Teaching Staff Development Team is offering, and supporting Faculties to offer, professional learning programs and resources for teaching. There are further programs and resources still under development.

Coming soon will be a workshop on online tutorials, resources supporting academic integrity and the revised Assessment Policy, a series of articles showcasing our HE Fellows, and PLaCE Personas to demonstrate how staff can use the Professional Learning and Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) Framework to support their teaching development.

Details of these will be published on the Teche blog.

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Questions and suggestions for future professional development for teaching staff can be directed to

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The Learning and Teaching Staff Development team works with staff across the University to ensure they are supported to facilitate quality learning for students. This includes offering professional development, contributing to curriculum and assessment design, recognising and rewarding good practice, supporting peer review of teaching, and leading scholarly reflection. Email with questions or requests.

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