Learning and teaching support (C-SALT)

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Learning and teaching support (C-SALT)

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Academics teaching at USC will be supported by the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT) as part of USC's efforts to give students a high quality educational experience. The C-SALT team works with all staff services and projects.

Students will benefit from teaching staff who are supported to advance USC’s learning and teaching performance, particularly in the key service areas of:

  • Education technologies
  • Curriculum support
  • Professional learning
Educational technologies

Technology can benefit all aspects of life. It can support learning and teaching, giving both students and staff access to a range of useful resources at any time and any place. The main technologies you may use as a USC student include:

  • Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) — the main web system used for learning and teaching. All courses have a presence on Blackboard, and each course site typically contains learning resources, assessment activities, collaboration tools, and lecture recordings - meaning you can access these anytime, anywhere.
  • Blackboard also provides access to SafeAssign — a global database of academic papers that checks a student's work for originality and ensures correct references have been used.
  • Mediasite Lecture Recording — Lectures in large spaces are often recorded and the recordings - consisting of PowerPoint slides, audio and often an image of the presenter - are made available through Blackboard course sites, where students can view them at any time.
  • ePortfolios — USC uses the PebblePad ePortfolio system. This allows you to build portfolios to record your development and acquisition of skills and knowledge. These portfolios can be kept for life, so once you graduate you can continue to capture and evidence your professional development. Every USC student will be provided with an account, so while you may not need to use the system in your program, every student can still build their own ePortfolio.

More information and support resources for USC staff are found on MyUSC.

Curriculum support

Your lecturers and tutors have access to academic developers and educational designers to help them to achieve their academic goals and create positive learning experiences for students in both face-to-face and blended/online learning environments. The C-SALT staff will particularly help them in key priority areas of Learning and Teaching at USC.

More information and support resources for USC staff are found on MyUSC.

Professional learning

Your learning experiences at USC are continually enhanced by academic staff actively participating in professional learning and discipline-based research.

Your teaching staff will also have access to further professional development opportunities and support resources to further their expertise in all aspects of Learning and Teaching.

Foundations of University Teaching (Foundations) is a 10-week professional development course that provides USC staff with an introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in higher education.

Foundations has been identified in the Probation for Academic Staff - Procedures​ (Clause 4) as required during the probationary period for all new academic appointments, except where exemption has been approved by the DVC(A).

More information and support resources for USC staff are found on MyUSC.

C-SALT is part of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and the Director of C-SALT reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

General enquiries

Email: csalt@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5126

Visit the C-SALT office:
E2.29, Building E
USC Sunshine Coast

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