Teaching Development


Welcome to Teaching Development in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Teaching development is an important part of your career in higher education. New and innovative practices for the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education are continually being developed. The Faculty's Teaching and Learning portfolio is dedicated to helping you keep abreast of the latest developments, and to making them accessible to you. From here you can link to any of the several orientations, programs, workshops and seminars that the Faculty offers for teaching development.

Sessional Teacher Orientation

Information for the starting tutor and masters seminar teacher.

Teaching Development Program

An articulated development program that couples with Sessional Teacher Orientation and Educational Innovation's Principles and Practices Program (or the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education). This program develops techniques for face to face teaching, lesson planning, assessment and marking, and review of teaching practices.

Workshops and Seminars

If you have any questions about these or other academic support and development events being staged by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please contact in the Teaching and Learning portfolio.

Peer Observation of Teaching (POT) Program: Semester 1, 2018

Observing another teacher do their day-to-day practice, and being observed by another teacher in your own class room environment, are both highly rewarding experiences in developing professional practice. Peer observation helps to uncover how different styles, pedagogical philosophies, and teaching methods actively shape our learning environments; allows us a deeper understanding of how different approaches assist students in reaching various learning outcomes depending upon subject material, delivery style, weekly topic, and student personalities; and finally, it gives us the chance to critically and charitably reflect upon and revitalise our teaching practice in developing the best outcomes for students.

The Peer Observation of Teaching (POT) program, through FASS Teaching and Learning is a formalised process for observation between yourself and another staff member that assists in this process of deep reflection of your teaching practice in a non-judgemental and supportive manner. There are several ways for you to undertake this observation process during this course:

1. Peer Observation: where yourself and a colleague can choose to cooperate and observe each other, while also providing constructive feedback on each other’s teaching.
2. Observation of award-winners: where you can choose to observe past-Teaching Award winners in action.
3. Observation by a mentor: if you prefer a neutral party, you can team up with a past-award winner to observe your teaching.

The POT Module is recognised by FASS as training in Teaching and Learning and can be used for your AP&D, promotions applications, and in applications for Teaching Awards. It’s easy to do, low impact on workloads, and also is approved as an activity to complete the Educational Innovation’s Principles and Practices Program.

The benefits of peer observation include exposure to different teaching practices, increased awareness of one's own practice, opportunity to develop reciprocal mentoring relationships, and improved collegiality.

When: Friday 23 March, 12-2pm and Friday 11 May, 10-11am
Where: FASS meeting room 323, Brennan A18
Registration: ENROL
Facilitator: Alyson Simpson

Teaching and Learning Workshops and Seminars - 2018 Calendar, semester 1

Workshop Title

Day Time


Facilitator Registration




Sessional Teacher Orientation

More information: Further information can be found on the Sessional Teacher Orientation page

Wednesday 25 July, 10am-1pm  10.00 am to1.00 pm Conference room, Darlington Centre Professor Carole Cusack

Enquiries: Tanya Doulaveras

or ENROL here

Key Strategies for Effective Tutorials

Wednesday, 1 August

12.00 am to 1.30 pm

FASS meeting room 323, Brennan A18

 Dr Joe Collins (2016 FASS Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials with Distinction recipient) ENROL

Teaching Development Program

Thursday, 2 August


Education Seminar room 452, Education building A35

  To register and for program details, please click on TDP enrol and program information. The first session will take place 

Save the date to our upcoming forums

Innovation Forum - Wednesday 15 August



  Save the date for the following forums in August- all enquiries can be directed to: tanya.doulaveras@sydney.edu.au

Key Strategies for Giving Effective Feedback

Thursday, 16 August      Dr Marie Stevenson To registerENROL
Enquires: Contact Tanya Doulaveras

Interdisciplinary Progress Session

Thursday, 16 August 10.00 am to 11.00 am New Law Seminar room 28 Professor Michael Anderson Registration:ENROL

Peer Observation of Teaching (POT)

Friday 24 August and Friday 5 October

12.00 pm to 2.00 pm

10.00 am to 11.00 am

FASS meeting room 323, Brennan A18 A/Professor Alyson Simpson Registration: ENROL

Key Strategies for Effective Supervision

Wednesday 29 August

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

  A/Professor Catriona Elder (2017 VC for Research HD Supervision recipient) Registration: ENROL

Teaching and Trauma

Thursday 20 September

12.00 pm to 1.30 pm

FASS meeting room 323, Brennan A18 Dr Susan Heward-Belle, Social Work

Registration: ENROL

Enquiries: Tanya Doulaveras