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Professional Learning Essentials

The PLE: Information for staff who are new-to-Curtin

The Professional Learning Essentials (PLE) modules are aimed at staff who are new to teaching at Curtin University. However, all staff are welcome to complete them – with support from their line managers. Along with the local area induction, the PLE modules will prepare staff for working with students at Curtin. (Note, the PLE has replaced ‘FoLT’ or ‘Foundations of Learning and Teaching at Curtin program’).

PLE modules to be completed by new-to-Curtin staff are:

This first module gives instructions about how to navigate the Professional Learning Essentials modules and professional development for learning and teaching more broadly. Information about the learning and teaching environment at Curtin University, including the ‘Curtin Teaching Excellence Criteria,’ is provided along with explanations about how these criteria are aligned with the Australian University Teaching Criteria and Standards. The module invites you to consider the policies and plans impacting learning and teaching at Curtin and introduces you to contemporary issues you need to consider while working at the University.

This module is an introductory pathway to the University’s intercultural learning and teaching space. It contains a brief overview of: the ‘Indigenous Cultural Capabilities Framework’ (ICCF); Curtin’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP); the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and; suggestions as to where staff can access information for integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges into the curriculum. The aim is to prompt you to explore and participate in further professional learning.

This module sets the scene for new to Curtin staff by introducing you to the assessment lifecycle and the roles and responsibilities within the unit team as they relate to assessment activities. It familiarises you with the terminology and policies and standards used at Curtin for the management and enhancement of assessment quality.

Available online late in 2017. For now, directly contact Dr David McConnell Formative peer review involves you in a variety of collegial developmental activities providing opportunities to enhance your teaching, followed by peer review of your practice. In this module you will:

  • Learn what is involved in having your educational practice peer reviewed.

  • Consider the steps in a peer review, and what this means for you as the person being reviewed.

  • Consider how to find a peer reviewer, and ensure they are the right person to review you.

  • Understand how to use the review report as evidence of development of your practice.


    What used to be classrooms are now termed learning spaces. Add in collaborative technologies, distributed learning and a truly global campus, and we now have Global Learning Environments. Find out more about what this entails and how you can use the affordances for your practice.

    This module (created by the Library) is comprised of seven consecutive ‘mini-modules’ (10-15 mins each) covering the topics of:

    1. Copyright Basics - an introduction to copyright and what constitutes copyright infringement

    2. Attribution and Moral Rights - the importance of attributing third party content in teaching material

    3. Fair Dealing - under what circumstances the fair dealing exception can be employed

    4. Statutory Licences Part I - an examination of the Copyright Agency Statutory Licence agreement for Text and Graphic works;

    5. Statutory Licences Part II - an examination of the Screenrights Statutory Licence agreement for TV and Radio Broadcasts and Collective Music Licences

    6. Reading Lists and Blackboard - organising unit readings through the library’s Reading Lists service to ensure Blackboard units remain copyright compliant.

    7. Copyright for HDR Students – assisting both HDR Students and Supervisors to successfully navigate copyright obligations associated with Higher Degrees by Research. 

    What do you do if you suspect that a student has submitted work that might not be their own? This module on contract cheating will help to answer that question and will give staff an introduction to the concept of contract cheating, also known as ghost-writing. This module will take approximately 20 minutes and is appropriate for all staff in teaching roles, and those that manage issues related to academic misconduct.

    Information for Staff who are new to teaching in Higher Education - MOOC

    Curtin University is part of a national consortium of universities that have created a MOOC for staff new to teaching in higher education. The ‘Contemporary approaches to university teaching’ MOOC provides the foundational information, which along with the PLE will prepare our staff for working within the learning and teaching environment at Curtin.

    Each module takes approximately 2 hours to complete. If you have completed the pilot version of the MOOC, Curtin Learning and Teaching will acknowledge this in any future certification process.

     Week Topic
     1  Orientation: Teaching your first class
     2  Planning for learning
     3  Feedback for learning
     4  Introduction to Learning Theories and Conceptions of Teaching
     5  Designing, implementing and supporting online learning
     6  Curriculum Design
     7  Assessment
    Collaborative Learning: harnessing student interactions for deep learning
    Teaching today's diverse learner
    Quality Assurance and our Responsibilities - helping guide your career development
    Scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching

    Specialty modules
    Work integrated learning
     Teaching Maths
    Supporting material
    Sessional Staff
     Your professional wellbeing

    What should you do now?

    How to register and other important information:

    1. Check the iPerform tab in the Staff Portal and if a module is listed under ‘Browse for Training’, we advise you to consult with your line manager, or/and Dean of Learning and Teaching regarding the best option for you and/or your staff.

    2. If you wish to complete alternative professional learning opportunities, consult with your line manager, who, with the acknowledgement of CLT and your Dean of Learning and Teaching will ascertain whether they meet policy requirements.

    3. Become familiar with the following information to help you comply with University policies and/or federal legislation:

    4. We also strongly recommend you look at the following websites:

    5. Casual teaching staff also note you must consult your Unit Coordinator about your responsibilities to students, including the significance of adhering with the published Unit Outline.

    6. Finally, to all staff, we acknowledge you will be supported within your faculty but you are always welcome to contact staff in Curtin Learning and Teaching, Curtin Library and the Office of the Academic Registrar to discuss matters related to learning and teaching.

    If you are unsure if a workshop training is running, check iPerform, or contact Curtin Learning and Teaching as changes may be made closer to delivery dates.


    For queries about the modules: