Online Professional Development

The Williams Centre for Learning Advancement has developed four fully online professional development workshops. For all courses, registration will be open from 29 August to 5 September. Once registered, users will have access to complete their course from 5 to 26 September. Each course is expected to take 2-3 hours to complete. Once completed, you will receive a certificate and your completion will be recorded in Themis.

Blend My Subject

People often refer to ‘blended learning’, but what exactly do they mean?  What must a lecturer do to ‘blend’ a subject and how does that differ from traditional teaching?  This PD program explores those questions while providing participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own practice.

Modules include:

  • What is blended learning?
  • What content moves to online?
  • Assessment
  • Facilitation

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Case Method Fundamentals in Business Education

The case method is a popular and powerful teaching approach that is widely adopted by many business schools.  Combining theory with practical application, the case method requires students to apply thorough planning and analysis to real-world problems. This online workshop is an entry-level workshop designed for those who are new to the case method. By completing the workshop, participants will gain knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Principles of effective case teaching
  • The benefits and drawbacks of the case method approach;
  • Finding and selecting appropriate cases;
  • Preparing students for case-based learning;
  • Developing case teaching plans; and
  • Questioning techniques for student inclusion and engagement.

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Integrating employability skills in subject design, delivery and assessment

The development of employability skills is an important graduate outcome of most contemporary university degrees and are now included in program and subject curriculum as learning outcomes. Given the critical role of academics to teach and assess subject curriculum, the design, delivery and assessment of subject curriculum are required to integrate employability skills that are in demand in contemporary workplaces. The employability skills need to give students and future graduates the capacity to deal with change, uncertainty and ambiguity today and into the future. This online resource will provide Faculty of Business and Economic academics guidance and support to use a typology for evaluating your subject curriculum design, delivery and assessment that ensures the direct and consistent integration of relevant employability skills development are present through your teaching and assessment practice.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Explain graduate employability skills development as one significant shift in the role of the university.
  • Identifying employability skills
  • Identify the importance of integrating employability skills development in teaching and assessment practice
  • Discuss a typology to identify and integrate employability skills in curriculum design, delivery and assessment
  • Apply the typology to identify and integrate employability skills in actual teaching and assessment of practice

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presenter at a whiteboard teaching class

Rethinking your Teaching Space

This workshop will explore teaching strategies that can be employed in collaborative learning environments (physical and virtual) that suit a blended format. You will be exposed to the varied experiences students have of these spaces and what opportunities lie for you as lecturers to leverage on these spaces and experiences.

This workshop suits academics interested in the interactions between the varied physical and virtual collaborative learning spaces available across the Faculty and to rethink ways in which you and your students could work in these spaces and design them for more active and engaged teaching and learning.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand the interactions between physical (e.g., classrooms, library project rooms, social spaces, residence) and virtual spaces (e.g., LMS, social networks), formal and informal spaces, and their impact on student learning.
  • Understand the disconnect between traditional classroom spaces design and active and collaborative learning practices
  • Apply clear, active and collaborative learning and teaching strategies and tools to your teaching

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