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Teaching for learning.futures program

The TLF program supports academics to develop the understanding, capability and confidence to teach subjects aligned with learning.futures - UTS's university-wide approach to blended learning.  As well as encouraging innovative and active teaching with a strong focus on learning, we aim to build connections between academics within and across disciplines to promote opportunities for future collaboration.  

The program benefits academic staff who are new to UTS as well as existing staff who are co-ordinating subjects and wish to enhance student learning through the design and teaching of their subjects. It comprises five modules which guide academics to develop their practice across the core areas of teaching, designing, assessing and evaluating to enhance learning and the student experience.

Combining online activities with face-to-face classes, the program models a blended approach that allows participants to experience and explore the potential of online learning environments, including how they build interaction with fellow participants.  In using UTSOnline the program has the ‘look and feel’ of a UTS subject, giving participants access to a range of key tools and technologies that build engagement, which they can adapt to their own subjects. This includes an e-portfolio as a device to reflect on learning and develop practice. In addition the program showcases innovation and highlights diversity at UTS by drawing on the expertise of academics and the experience of students from multiple disciplines and faculties.

The program is designed to fit busy academic workloads and while the series spans approximately 10 weeks, each module involves only around 4 hours (combined FTF and online) over a period of 2 weeks. The modules are:

    •    Module 1:    Teaching to enhance learning
F2F session, Thursday 17 August, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm    
Explore approaches to understanding learning and practicing teaching in universities, including the rise of graduate attributes, active learning and blended teaching. This module provides a rationale for the focus on learning and the UTS learning.futures approach, supporting participants to consider factors that impact on how their students learn and to examine key ideas for how they might develop their teaching to enhance learning.

    •    Module 2:     Designing for learning.futures
F2F session, Thursday 31 August, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Refresh your subject design to be consistent with the UTS learning.futures approach. This module focuses on the design of learning experiences for students and understandings of blended subject design. We discuss how the UTS model of learning and the learning.futures approach are integral to promoting engaging, interactive and inspiring student learning environments in UTS subjects. Participants discover ways of designing subjects to encourage student learning and success, and learn how to utilise resources available for subject outlines, authentic assessment, feedback and learning support.
    •    Module 3:     Active and collaborative learning
F2F session, Thursday 14 September, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm         
A broad set of active and collaborative learning techniques, along with the philosophies of learning and teaching underlying their design, are explored in this module.  Suitable for both tutorial and larger teaching spaces, the techniques introduced in the face-to-face session enable you to experience the effects and benefits they deliver for your students. Opportunities to share experiences and to reflect on the effectiveness of various techniques are also provided.
    •    Module 4:     Assessment and Feedback
F2F session, Thursday 28 September, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Learn how to apply the principles of good assessment and feedback practices to a variety of classroom or online activities. In this module, we look at how to adapt more traditional forms of assessment, such as essays and examinations, to be compatible with the learning.futures approach, prioritising authentic assessment and identifying significant opportunities for students to receive feedback. Various assessment techniques are covered, including peer feedback, self-assessment and criteria benchmarking used by UTS staff to make learning more effective and engaging for students.
    •    Module 5:     Evaluation and analytics to enhance learning
F2F session, Thursday 12 October, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm   
The four previous modules are drawn on to explore ways in which you can evaluate your teaching practice. We discuss different data collection methods and sources, the questions to ask and how best to integrate this information with your own context and preferences. We also examine contemporary quality indicators and national regulators of relevance to the higher education sector. Finally, we discuss how this module fits in with your career progression through collection of evidence of good teaching practice.


The program is open to those who are co-ordinating subjects with priority given to those teaching in Spring session 2017. If you wish to register your interest in the program please complete this form.

Certification and further development

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion on completion of the modules of the program including the e-portfolio. Should participants wish to extend their development, they are encouraged to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.


Jan McLean
Senior Lecturer
Institute for Interactive Media and Learning
Phone:(02) 9514 1463
Email: Jan.McLean@uts.edu.au

Enza Mirabella
Program Administrator
Institute for Interactive Media and Learning
Phone:(02) 9514 1669
Email: Enza.Mirabella@uts.edu.au