The Beginning to Teach (BTT) program is now open for registration.

Apply now to participate in this introduction-to-university-teaching program that 100% of past participants would recommend to Macquarie colleagues (BTT Evaluation Report 2020).

There are two offerings scheduled:

November 2022 – This program will run online over 4 weeks. You’ll participate in a weekly 90 minute facilitated Zoom session each Wednesday starting 2nd November from 1pm to 2.30 pm (dates are 2nd/ 9th/ 16th/ 23rd November). Closing date for registrations is 27th of October.

April 2023 – A 2-week intensive on-campus program held during the mid-session break. There will be two 90 minute on-campus sessions each week on Wednesday and Friday 11am – 12.30pm (dates are 12th/ 14th/ 19th/ 21st April 2023). Closing date for registrations is 20th of March 2023.

What is BTT?

BTT is a professional development program that covers topics that are key to getting started with teaching at university. BTT explores perspectives on student learning; good practice in how to plan and facilitate learning activities; and the fundamentals of feedback and reflecting on your teaching practice. The program also gives participants the opportunity to plan, present, and evaluate a short (‘micro-‘) teaching session.

Who should do BTT?

This program is suitable for any Macquarie staff members who are new to teaching or who have limited teaching experience – or who would just like to (re)learn the basics of teaching at university! BTT is particularly useful for HDRs, ECRs, tutors, and sessional academics who have just started, or are in their first few sessions of teaching.

No matter your disciplinary background, participating in BTT will help develop your practical understanding of some of the foundational concepts and practices in university learning and teaching and build your skills (and confidence) in preparing, delivering and reviewing your own teaching.

What is the time commitment?

In November 2022, the online program will run over 4 weeks.


April 2023 will be an intensive on-campus program run over the two weeks of the mid-session break.

Total overall participation time for either option is approximately 15 hours, which includes 4 x 1.5 hour facilitated Zoom sessions as well as pre and post session work.

Participants receive a Certificate of Completion on completion of all program requirements.

What Macquarie colleagues have said about participating in BTT

[S]uch a great learning experience. BTT was exactly what I had hoped it would be … the tools (language/terminology) to structure and plan my own teaching, and it has provided me more confidence to facilitate learning in the higher education context. On top of this it was a lot of fun.
An absolutely wonderful program! It has honestly helped me so much, I feel so much more confident in what I am doing and what techniques I can use to improve my teaching.
Overall a great program and exposed me to new online technologies. Great range of experience in the group too provided good insights. I would recommend this course.
A good course to learn and relearn our teaching skills regardless of our years of experience. Great way to refresh and validate our skills from new and older teaching staff… thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank you for facilitating such an inclusive and supportive environment! I haven’t been in a class like this in years!
Nothing but praise for the program, the facilitators and the delivery of it. I have learnt so much from the facilitators and peers. …look forward to my students benefiting from it.

Check out the BTT Program outlines

View the November 2022 Program Guide

View the April 2023 Program Guide

Hurry! – Numbers are limited!

Learn about teaching by observing how others teach

The Open for Observation Program provides you with an opportunity to to observe an MQ teacher in action in the classroom – see their teaching approach and techniques, learn about the technology and tools they use. If you’ve got 1 hour or more to spare during October, then there’s a class waiting for you to observe.

Find out more about Open for Observation and book in to observe teaching in action!

If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing

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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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