Academic Induction Program

The Academic Induction Program (Learning and Teaching) is a formalised support for higher education teaching staff new, or returning, to Federation University. All staff, whether sessional, contract or ongoing, are expected to complete this 15-hour blended program within their probation period.

Academic staff are provided with an introduction to:

  • general and specific Federation learning and teaching practices
  • learning technologies to support university learning and teaching initiatives
  • support networks available for academic well-being and enhancing learning and teaching practices
  • support networks available to aid and promote student retention and success


  • Target group: Mandated for all new, or returning, university academic as per the Academic Probation Procedure (HR955) or teaching support staff. Completion preferable within the first semester of employment.
  • Campus: Virtual - All campuses (virtual sessions during COVID-19 lock down)
    Time allocation: Overall: 15 hours: Breakdown: 7 hours face-to-face workshop (or virtual equivalent during lock down) and 8 hours online. Online component to be completed within 4 weeks of workshop attendance.
  • Facilitators: CLIPP, Library, School and department staff
  • Cost: Nil. Sessional staff will be paid to attend at the ‘Other Required Academic Activity’ rate, on completion of the program.

Sessions offered

Scheduled each year for:

  • February - Two weeks prior to commencement of Semester 1 (MTH, BER & CHU campuses)
  • March - Two weeks prior to commencement of Trimester 1 (BRI campus) AND Teaching Week 4 of Semester 1 (MTH, BER, CHU & HSM campuses)
  • June - Two weeks prior to commencement of Trimester 2 (BRI campus)
  • July - Two weeks prior to commencement of Semester 2 (MTH, BER, CHU & HSM campuses)
  • August - Teaching Week 4 for Semester 2 (MTH, BER & CHU campuses)
  • October - Two week prior to commencement of Trimester 3 (BRI campus)

Dates, venues and registration details for 2021 will be available mid-December 2020.

Program outline

Workshop - Activities and discussions related to: Outline units - Information related to:
Introduction to engaging teaching practices Introduction to university L&T frameworks
Introduction to assessment Introduction to university L&T structures
Introduction to moderation and marking Introduction to assessment practices
Introduction to Moodle Introduction to learning and teaching practices
Navigating the AIP Moodle site - resources and activities Introduction to student diversity and supports
Introduction to academic supports Introduction to enhancing practice through review
Accessing professional development opportunities Introduction to research
  Continuing professional development


  • No new bookings for 2020 available.
  • Maximum of 15 participants per session. Minimum of 5 participants per session to proceed
  • Participants will be contacted the week prior to the workshop with specific details for days, times, venue, workshop agenda, pre-workshop materials and other relevant information

Further information

  • For information related to the program content and delivery, contact Kate Roberts.
  • For information related to registration, contact Felicity Counsel.