Academic Induction Program

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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

Overview

  • 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:

To support ongoing COVID-19 protocols, a fully online version has been created.  AIP is usually conducted over two days. A one day face to face workshop (seven hours) and then an online component (eight hours). The delivery of this special AIP online version for Semester 1 will be a mixture of synchronous (live online) and asynchronous (recorded) learning sessions.

The one day workshop has changed to include three synchronous parts and one asynchronous part.

These parts will occur during Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February and Monday 22nd March – Friday 26th March. The eight hour online component has not changed and can be complete within one month of the online workshop.

Note: Sessions will be limited to a maximum of 15 people and a minimum of 5 people. This is to ensure good interactions and engagement can occur.

If a particular session does not have the minimum number of people, it may be cancelled. Any impacted participants will be notified as soon as possible.

  • February - Two weeks prior to commencement of Semester 1 
    • AIP #1 February – Week of Monday 15th – Thursday 18th
  • March - Two weeks prior to commencement of Trimester 1 AND Teaching Week 4 of Semester 1 
    • AIP #2 March – Week of Monday 22nd – Friday 26th
  • 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)

Program outline

  • The program consists of  3 x synchronous online sessions and 1 x asynchronous session to be completed across the week (various session options available) PLUS as additional 8 hour learning package.
  • If dates or times do not suit, please still register your interest as we may offer further sessions depending on demand.
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

Registration

  • 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

Teaching staff induction and support checklists
(Higher education)

These documents are designed to ensure that all new ongoing, fixed term and sessional teaching staff are provided with the essential inductions and support processes to enable successful undertaking of their teaching role, and engage in quality learning and teaching practices at Federation. The ‘checklist of checklists’ highlights the completion of corporate induction, campus induction, school induction, learning and teaching induction (CLIPP) and ongoing school supports in the first six months of employment. It is recommended that the relevant document, and those listed under corporate induction, are to be completed, signed and forwarded to the relevant personnel.


Further information

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