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About the Directorate

The Directorate of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement is the gateway to the services and resources that support best practice in learning and teaching to ensure our students have the best possible learning experiences.

The Directorate manages these resources, services and initiatives in accordance with the University's Learning and Teaching strategic objectives, and supports teaching excellence and innovation in higher education.


The Directorate supports strategic activities in learning, teaching and student engagement, including:

The Directorate delivers a number of University-wide projects and programs that support academic staff, and support for teaching and learning grant and award applicants.

The Directorate sits within the Division of Student Life. While Directorate staff are located on the Townsville and Cairns campuses, they also provide support for staff and students in study centres at Thursday Island, Mount Isa and Mackay, and for external students.

James Cook University Plan 2013-2017

Learning and Teaching Statement of Context:

Over the past triennium we have enacted an institution wide curriculum vision that seeks to align our courses and their delivery with the University’s Strategic Intent and four tropical themes. Our staff have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to student learning through national teaching awards and citations, and we have established a Teaching and Learning Academy to provide an explicit focus on the scholarship of learning and teaching.

With the advent of a new national regulatory and quality assurance framework, we have taken on the challenge of managing growth and widening participation while maintaining our commitment to quality and excellence. We will continue to refine our policies, practices and processes to assure academic standards, quality and integrity and to embed a culture of continuous improvement, informed by scholarship, practice and meaningful learning and teaching data. We will also continue to ensure that our professional programs secure accreditation to meet community and professional needs and to remain at the forefront of national and international best practice.

JCU corporate and strategic documents that direct Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement:

Services and Organisation

Services for Staff

Blended learning and innovation including:

Student transitions and careers including

  • Career Development Learning
  • Coordination of First Year and Capstone Experience

Professional learning support including:

Services for Students

Pathways Programs including:

  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Tertiary Access Course

Student equity and wellbeing including:

Student learning skills development including:

Student transitions and careers including: