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PDC Learning & Teaching Program

Our PDC program provides professional development for academic staff, across a range of different academic staff roles. The courses run throughout the year in line with semester times. Teaching academics are able to enrol in these courses via the Staff Development Portal.

The Program

PDC111: Introduction to Learning & Teaching at ECU

PDC111 is essential for ALL new teaching academics at ECU and is offered fully online (3 hours). It is designed to quickly introduce you to modern teaching and learning practices. You will get a sense of who’s who and who does what, as well as gain an awareness of the policies, processes and expectations that relate to teaching and learning at ECU.

PDC111 for Third Party Partners is now available. This is a self-directed online learning module, approximately 3 hours, and is offered at the start of each month. A Third Party Partner Handbook has also been created as a resource to support teaching staff in understanding their role, critical policies, and their teaching and learning network.

PDC112: On-campus Learning & Teaching

PDC112 is a 4 hour face-to-face workshop and 2 hours of self-directed online learning. It is essential for all academics that teach on-campus classes of any size. It introduces you to learner-centered teaching and assessment. You will attend one face-to-face workshop to reinvigorate your facilitation and lecturing skills and complete a range of interactive learning activities online via Blackboard. You will gain an awareness of the peer review process and are encouraged to become a reflective practitioner through the development of your teaching portfolio.

PDC112 for Third Party Partners is a 4 hour face-to-face workshop and 2 hours of self-directed online learning. If a face-to-face session is not possible (offshore) staff will complete 3 hours of asynchronous learning tasks, a 1 hour webinar followed by 2 hours of self-directed online learning.

PDC113: Unit Coordination at ECU

PDC113 is essential for any academics working in a Unit Coordination role. You will gain practical know-how about unit administration, moderation processes, unit review and leading staff. Core to the program is the embedding of ECU quality assurance and quality improvement processes, curriculum design and assessment policies and procedures and strategic initiatives such as Technology Enhanced Learning. The course comprises a face-to-face workshop (3 hour ) plus a range of online tasks via Blackboard (3 hours).

PDC114: Online Learning & Teaching

PDC114 is essential for all academics teaching online only units at ECU. You will develop an understanding of how to facilitate interactive online learning opportunities for students and how your role may differ in an online learning environment. You will learn how to effectively include technology into your teaching practice in a way that supports and motivates student learning. PDC114 is delivered fully online via Blackboard (6 hours) and includes development of reflective evidence for your teaching portfolio.

PDC115: Third Party Partners

PDC115 is essential for all staff involved in the delivery of programs at Third Party Partner institutions. You will develop an understanding of the processes and policies relevant to delivery and assessment in Third Party contexts and build your capacity to contextualise existing unit content for local conditions. This course is delivered fully online via Blackboard (3 hours) and includes development of reflective evidence for your teaching portfolio.

PDC116: Course Coordination at ECU

This course is essential for all Course Coordinators. You will acquire skills in managing staff, building team cohesion and productivity, course accreditation, evaluation and review. Core to the program is the development of research informed teaching to improve student outcomes and alignment of unit and course learning outcomes for accreditation and quality assurance. This course comprises a 4 hour highly practical face-to-face workshop plus a range of application tasks and interactive learning activities online via Blackboard (5 hours).

Prescribed Courses

Teaching academics should be aware that they are required to complete the PDC programs as follows:

  • ALL teaching academics must complete PDC111 online regardless of prior teaching experience. It is recommended that this module is completed prior to commencing teaching, or at least within the first month.
  • On-campus teaching academics must complete PDC112. It is recommended that this module is completed prior to commencing teaching, or at least within the first 3 months.
  • Online only units teaching academics must complete PDC114 online. It is recommended that this module is completed prior to commencing teaching, or at least within the first 3 months.
  • Unit Coordinators must commence PDC113 within the first six months of their appointment to the role.
  • Third Party Partner teaching academics must complete PDC115 online or equivalent face-to-face. It is recommended that this module is completed prior to commencing teaching, or at least within the first month.
  • Course Coordinators must commence PDC116 within the first six months of their appointment to the role.

Payment

Sessional academic staff must be paid to participate in mandatory professional development at the Other Required Academic Activity (A31) rate defined in the current Enterprise Bargain Agreement. CLT will notify staff when they have completed a particular PDC course. It is the staff member’s responsibility to notify academic staff within their school of their completion of any prescribed courses in order to receive payment.

Contact

To find out more about the PDC Learning and Teaching Program, contact the Centre for Learning and Teaching at clt@ecu.edu.au or call on 6304 2554.

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