We strive to provide the best possible experiences for our students in order to promote active and engaged learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Learning and Teaching

Approaching our teaching practice through scholarship requires reflection, research and review of what, why and how we do what we do. When we take a scholarly approach to our teaching we can be confident we are designing and delivering learning experiences that are engaging, motivating and significant for the learner in their higher education journey.

We encourage everyone to engage in a scholarship of learning and teaching. This includes researching your practice and that of your colleagues including reflection of learning into your courses so that students also appreciate the scholarship of your teaching and their learning being part of a community related to your discipline in which you can partake of professional development. Each of these areas are supported through CTL designed resources, communities, workshops and webinars as well as the various discipline specific and academic practice focussed organisations. 

An important place to start is acknowledging that frameworks and standards are in place to guide what quality teaching is in higher education. In 2014 the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching supported the development of the Australian University Teaching Criteria and Standards Framework (AUTCSF). Complimenting this project is the Recognising and Rewarding teaching website which include the Professional Tertiary Teacher Standards and Expert Peer Review of Teaching. 

TEQSA also provide guidelines about the scholarship of teaching in the higher education sector with a discussion paper and resources. [note to CG. These are website pages that might change so I’m not sure of the best way to link to these kinds of resources] 

In the context of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework), ‘scholarship’ means those activities concerned with gaining new or improved understanding, appreciation and insights into a field of knowledge, and engaging with and keeping up to date with advances in the field. This includes advances in ways of teaching and learning in the field and advances in professional practice, as well as advances in disciplinary knowledge through original research. (TEQSA)

Teaching Resources

Professional development 

Foundations of University Teaching Practice (SCU based)

Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching (MOOC delivered by Swinburne U through Canvas) 

Learning to Teach Online (MOOC delivered by UNSW through coursera)

Symposiums and conferences 

Talking Teaching webinars (SCU based)

SCU Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Symposium

Professional Organisations and Communities of Practice 

The Greenhouse (SCU based) 

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

AdvanceHE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) 

Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching


Australian Awards for University Teaching