Our work at a glance
The Educational Innovation team works with members of the University community to enhance and help assure the quality of teaching and student learning experiences and outcomes.
1. Strategic University Teaching and Learning Initiatives
In collaboration with SEG, Academic Board and the DVC (E), the EI team works on university-initiated and other funded (e.g. DEEWR) strategic projects involving university teaching and learning, including the application of educational technologies in teaching and learning. These projects include:
- University Planning
- Teaching Standards
- Inclusive Teaching & Widening Participation
- Engaged Enquiry
- The Sydney Graduate
- Curriculum Renewal
- Academic Honesty & Text Matching Software
- Standards Based Assessment
2. Professional Development for University Teachers
The EI team provides the University’s mandated professional development programs on teaching for university academic staff. It also convenes a range of other voluntary professional development activities and networks for university teachers, often in collaboration with colleagues in faculties and other central units.
2.1 Sessions for new Academic Staff
- New staff general orientation program (through learning solutions)
- Information on teaching at Sydney for all new academics
- Teaching induction program for all new academics Principles and Practice of University Teaching (P&P). This two-day program is a formal probationary requirement for new academic staff.
2.2 Courses and Formal Qualifications for University Teachers
- A one year, part time formal qualification in university teaching and learning, Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education), is available to staff. Completion of this course is a condition of appointment in some faculties.
- Additional units of study in eLearning and Research Student Supervision can be undertaken to Masters level. The EI team also supervises students studying for their PhD in Higher Education or Academic Development.
- Professional development for eLearning is an aspect of all EI programs however in addition to this a series of introductory and extension eLearning workshops are available during the year.
- The Foundations of Research Supervision, is a short, online, independent study program for staff new to research higher degree supervision. It is a policy requirement that staff complete the program before undertaking supervision of their first students.
2.3 Faculty-based teaching development
The EI team works with Deans and Associate Deans (L&T) to jointly offer faculty workshops and other activities to support teaching development and curriculum planning on request.
2.4 University Teaching Scholars Networks
The EI team works to bring together members of the university community around shared areas of teaching interest and expertise, particularly those engaged in shared endeavours funded by the University. The aim of these networks is to support the further development of expertise amongst members and provide direct EI support for projects funded by internal University teaching grants. These networks include:
- Engaged Enquiry Scholars Network
- Widening Participation Scholars Network
3. Recognising and Rewarding Teaching
The EI team supports members of the University community who are competing for national and university, grants and awards for teaching. It also supports applicants for promotion to prepare their teaching case.
The EI team assists the University to promote the recognition of quality teaching, and the dissemination of quality teaching practice, through EI team publications and events.
4. Teaching Quality Assurance and Enhancement
The EI team works closely with the Quality and Analytics team to coordinate the University’s central data collection and quality assurance processes for university teaching. This includes collecting and reporting student feedback on teaching and the quality of courses and units of study for staff and students, for university planning and performance management, and for government quality assurance purposes.