Foundations of University Teaching

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Foundations of University 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.

Participants of the course enhance their knowledge of student learning and scholarly approaches to teaching, explore approaches to critical reflection and engage with research about contemporary learning and teaching.

Blended learning experience

The Foundations course is offered in blended learning mode with some aspects of the course content and learning activities taking a self-paced, online approach and other aspects facilitated face-to-face, on-campus using a workshop-based approach.

Through a modelled process of reflective practice, the course supports participants in:

  • critical engagement with current contexts of teaching and learning in higher education
  • designing and implementing effective teaching practices to enhance technology enhanced learning
  • reflecting upon and improving teaching
  • identifying and developing an emerging teaching philosophy
The four modulesFut Full
  1. Making learning happen
  2. Focus on curriculum
  3. Focus on assessment and feedback
  4. Focus on scholarship

On successful completion of the Foundations course, staff may apply for:  

  • One 12 unit course of credit for EDU700 if enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Education, OR 
  • One 12 unit course of credit for NUR709 or an elective course, if enrolled in the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) or the Master of Midwifery.


Foundations is available to current USC staff only. Staff interested in applying to enrol in Foundations will need their supervisor's support.

Foundations sessional staff bursary

To support the participation of sessional staff in the Foundations course, a small number of sessional staff bursaries are normally made available on a competitive basis during the course application process.

More information 

Additional information is available for staff on MyUSC. Telephone +61 7 5456 5126 or email

Foundations of University Teaching is an initiative of the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT)

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