Teaching in the tertiary setting
Tertiary study is any study at a level above secondary (or high school equivalent) study. This may range from simple courses that run for a few weeks to highly specialised course that last several years. Examples include certificates, diploma, associate degree, degree, graduate diploma, masters or PhD.
The courses provided by a higher education or VET institution are regulated by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in order to establish quality within Australian qualifications. Visit the AQF website for more details on the role these standards play in benefiting students, employers, education and training providers and accrediting authorities.
Changing paradigms of education
The role and delivery of education, in particular VET and higher education, has in some areas undergone considerable changes, whilst in other areas, no change at all. As our society has evolved, so to have we seen a change in the way we learn, the technologies we use, and what we expect or get in terms of outcomes.
The video clips below that take a look at today's students, and an entertaining look at the changing paradigms of education, and consider how this impacts on your current and future teaching practices.
- How to escape education's death valley (TED Video, 19:11min)
- Changing Education Paradigms (YouTube, 11:40min)
- A Vision of Students Today (YouTube, 4:44min)
Changing paradigms of teaching
Teachers often teach in the manner that they were taught. Whilst some practices may still be relevant and effective, many are not. As our education system evolves, and our student expectations change, so to do teachers need to embrace innovative teaching practices to inspire life-long learning.
- I teach, therefore you learn... or do you? (YouTube, 4:06min)
- Do you Teach or Do you Educate? (YouTube, 3:12min)
Whilst many teaching principles are the same across the life-span, there are specific skills and tools relevant to effective child, adolescent and adult learning. In order to ensure effective teaching practices within the tertiary setting, check out the following:
- What is effective teaching?
- How students learn
- Learning and teaching strategies
- Improving practice through review
Professional study opportunities
For those staff wishing to extend their knowledge, understanding and application of learning and teaching practices, the University offers a number of postgraduate courses and professional learning opportunities.
- Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching
- 1 year full-time/2 years part-time – blended/online
- BOLD Fundamentals: Teaching Online
- 6 online modules offered part-time over one semester (equivalent to 15 credit point course)
University policies and resources
- Contact your Faculty Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching
- Federation University, Learning and Teaching Plan 2015-2017 (PDF, 190kb)
Further information and resources
- Biggs, J. & Tang, C. (2011) Teaching for Quality Learning at University. 4th ed. `Open University Press: New York.
- Entwistle, N. (2009) Teaching for Understanding at University. Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire.
- Fry, H., Ketteridge, S. & Marshall, S. (2009) A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing Teaching Practice. 3rd ed. Routledge: New York.
- Ramsden, P. (2003) Learning to Teach in Higher Education. 2nd ed. Routledge Falmer.