Professional Learning Modules (PLM)

The Professional Learning Modules are a ‘one-stop-shop’ of online, self-paced, professional learning modules for academic staff, ranging from foundational through to advanced learning and teaching practices, processes and technologies, and designed to support staff in their ongoing provision of quality learning and teaching.

There are more than 80 modules in various stages of construction, with approximately 15 to be completed and released each quarter.

How modules work

Each module has a time allocation of 60 minutes, with an indicator to depict the intended level of support for continuing professional development – induct, enable, enhance, advance and excel.

The platform for engaging with the professional learning modules is the ‘Lesson’ tool in Moodle, enabling interactive delivery of content and testing of knowledge gained. Being self-paced learning, there is no social or teacher presence within the experience. Successful completion of the modules is tracked by Moodle and will be documented for participants through the issue of individualised certificates of completion.

The content and resources within each module have been developed by academic and professional staff with learning and teaching expertise across Federation University.

How to use them

The professional learning modules can be used in a number of ways:

  1. Role induction – To highlight a ‘package’ of modules recommended for completion by staff undertaking specific roles. For example, the foundational modules required to undertake the role of Lecturer | Course Coordinator | Program Coordinator (not all are available at this time).
  2. Learning and teaching induction – To highlight a ‘package’ of modules recommended for completion by staff to understand learning and teaching focus areas. For example, the Academic Induction Program | SPARK Training | Vice-Chancellor Teaching Awards (not all are available at this time).
  3. Staff self-identified professional development needs – Having the suite of modules displayed collectively enables staff to self-select completion of any module, or theme of modules, at a time that suits them. May or may not be a part of the PRDP process.
  4. Manager-identified professional development needs – Managers can use the suite of modules displayed collectively to identify with staff, their continuing professional development needs for the coming year, as part of the PRDP and/or PDP process.

Modules available

Area and name of moduleStatus Open module
Teaching administration  
PLM002:  Blended Online and Digital (BOLD) learning New Open PLM002
PLM101:  Student-centred learning New Open PLM101
PLM102:  Contemporary tertiary learning environments New Open PLM102
PLM103:  Learning behaviours of the online student
New Open PLM103
PLM104:  Learning beyond the classroom walls
New Open PLM104
PLM106:  Learning considerations for international students New Open PLM106
PLM201:  Assessment and learning New Open PLM201
PLM202:  Designing quality assessment
New Open PLM202
PLM206:  Importance of effective marking criteria New Open PLM206
PLM207:  Creating a simple rubric New Open PLM207
PLM208:  Creating a simple marking guide New Open PLM208

Who can help

If you are not sure which modules would best suit your learning needs, contact your School ADTQ, line manager, or CLIPP/School Learning Designer.