25 June, 2024 - 9 July, 2024
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Register now to participate in this Introduction-to-University-Teaching program that is 100% recommended by past participants to their MQ colleagues – and receive a microcredential on completion!

What is Beginning to Teach (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.

Complete BTT and be ready for Session 2

The program is structured with a combination of facilitated sessions (including a practice teaching session) and self-paced activities and resources on iLearn. Note that for Modules 1 and 3, participants will have the option to attend on-campus or online via Zoom. Participants will need to be available to attend 4 facilitated modules on these days/times:

MODULE 1:
Attend one of
Tuesday 25 June: 11am – 1pm (for on-campus participants)
or
Wednesday 26 June: 11am – 1pm (for online/Zoom  participants)
MODULE 2:
Monday 1 July: 11am – 1pm (Module via Zoom only)
MODULE 3:
Attend one of
Thursday 4 July: 11am – 1pm (for on-campus participants)
or
Thursday 4 July: 11.30am – 1.30pm (for online/Zoom participants)
MODULE 4:
Tuesday 9 July: 11am – 1pm (via Zoom)

If you are interested, and available to attend at the above times, you can enrol using the link at the end of this post.

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?

Total overall participation time is approximately 15 hours, which includes 4 x 2-hour facilitated sessions as well as pre and post session work.

Participants receive a BTT Microcredential (digital badge) on completion of all program requirements.

What Macquarie colleagues have said about participating in BTT

Such 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.

I am happy I attended BTT. Being from a different country and culture it helped me a lot to get an orientation of Macquarie and Australian teaching style and expectations.
Enrol now!

Read this BTT Program Outline for further information.

ENROL to participate in BTT here

If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing professional.learning@mq.edu.au

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Posted by Kylie Coaldrake

Learning and Teaching Development Coordinator Office of PVC (Learning and Teaching)