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.

Pedagogic Role of Video: Wednesday, 28 March

Educational video doesn’t have to be only about presenting straight to camera. Video has some unique qualities that can help enable a wide range of learning outcomes. In this session we will look at different types of pedagogic roles for video, illustrated with many short video clips used in various departments of this Faculty and the rest of the university.
When: Wednesday, 28 March – 12 to 1.30pm
Where:FASS meeting room 323, A18
Enquiries: Tanya Doulaveras

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

Promotions Workshop – save the date

Wednesday, 21 February 2018  9.00 am to 1.00 pm MECO Seminar Room S226 (level 2), John Woolley Building Professor Annamarie Jagose
A/Professor Alyson Simpson
Professor Allan McConnell

For any questions please email:
Tanya Doulaveras tanya.doulaveras@sydney.edu.au

Or ENROL here

FASS Academic Career Advancement Support Scheme (FACASS)

Wednesday, 21 February 2018  2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Boardroom, Darlington Centre Professor Carole Cusack

Tanya Doulaveras

Or ENROL here

Sessional Teacher Orientation Seminar Details for Semester 1, 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

10.00 am to 1.00 pm

New Law Lecture Theatre 104, New Law Building


Unit of Study Approval System session

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Education Seminar room 452, Education building A35

Dr Melissa Hardie
Enquiries: Contact Tanya Doulaveras

Teaching Development Program semester 1, 2018

  • Thursday, 8 March 2018, 9:00 to 15.00pm
  • Thursday, 22 March 9:00 to 13.00pm
  • Thursday, 12 April 9.00 to 12.00pm
  MECO Seminar Room S226, John Woolley Building A20   ENROL

Strategies for Giving Effective Feedback to Students

Wednesday, 21 March 12.00pm to 1.30pm FASS meeting room 323, A18 Marie Stevenson  

For any questions please email:
Tanya Doulaveras tanya.doulaveras@sydney.edu.au

Or ENROL here

Peer Observation of Teaching (POT) Program

  • Friday  23 March, 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
  • Friday 11 May, 10.00 am -11.00 am
  FASS meeting room 323, Brennan A18  Alyson Simpson ENROL

Pedagogic Role of Video

Wednesday, 28 March
12.00 pm to 1.30 pm FASS meeting room 323, A18  

For any questions please email:
Tanya Doulaveras tanya.doulaveras@sydney.edu.au


Strategies for preventing and managing challenging behaviours in the university classroom

Wednesday, 11 April 12.00pm to 1.00pm FASS meeting room 323, Brennan A18

Dr Cathy Little and A/Professor Ian Maxwell

Registration: ENROL
Enquiries: Contact Tanya Doulaveras

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