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:
- Staff induction, ongoing professional learning and teaching support
- Learning technologies
- Curriculum and assessment design through the Curriculum Framework
- Pathways and student transitions
- Student retention
- Academic language, learning and numeracy through the Learning Centre
- Services to ensure equity and student wellbeing.
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.
JCU corporate and strategic documents that direct Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement:
- University Plan 2018-2022
- Academic Plan 2018-2022
- Statement of Strategic Intent
- Reconciliation at JCU
- JCU Organisational Structure
- JCU Annual Reports
- LTSE Strategic Plan 2019-2022
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:
- Workshops, seminars and other professional development activities
- HERDSA Queensland
- Induction for new full-time academics
- Induction for sessional teaching staff
- Teaching evaluation
- WIL/student placement resources for staff
Services for Students
Pathways Programs including:
- Diploma of Higher Education
- Tertiary Access Course
Student equity and wellbeing including:
Student learning skills development including:
- Academic skills
- English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
- Support for off-campus students
- Short courses to get you prepared
Student transitions and careers including:
- Career development and employment support
- Student Mentor Program
- Coordination of Orientation activities, including Unistart
In July 2015 the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and James Cook University (JCU) commenced a three year twinning project, funded by the Australian Government. The Project is linked to a MOU between the two universities and is aimed at building teaching capacity and supporting collaborative research capability in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the broader Asia Pacific region.