LTSE Workshops & Events

Learning and Teaching Workshops and Events

The Directorate of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement supports JCU staff with training and events throughout the year.

Training includes teaching inductions and professional development, and is provided through face-to-face workshops, seminars, and webinars. Events include celebrations coordinated by the Directorate to acknowledge staff contributions to learning and teaching.

Download the 2019 Professional Development Calendar for a full list of workshops and events.

Teaching Period 1

Sessional Staff Induction

James Cook University sessional staff who are new to teaching or returning after more than three years are required to attend induction as part of their ongoing appointment. The program is presented as a 4-hour workshop and is available for new teaching staff at the beginning of each semester. Visit the Sessional Staff induction page for session information and instructions on how to register.

6 March: Townsville Multifaith Blessing of the Academic Year

You are invited to come together to celebrate our common humanity, our faith, our culture, and "Our Journey Together" at the 2019 Multifaith Blessing of the Year.

Morning tea will be shared after the blessing, so please RSVP by 4 March to the JCU Chaplain, Crystal Greive, on either 4781 5447 or crystal.greive@jcu.edu.au.

Time9:00 am
LocationThe John Flynn College, Aubrey Baker Room

20 March: Cairns Multifaith Blessing of the Academic Year

You are invited to come together to celebrate our common humanity, our faith, our culture, and "Our Journey Together" at the 2019 Multifaith Blessing of the Year.

Morning tea will be shared after the blessing, so please RSVP by 13 March to the JCU Chaplain, Crystal Greive, on either 4781 5447 or crystal.greive@jcu.edu.au.

Time10:00 am
LocationThe Boathouse, building A22

27 March: Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Community of Practice (CoP)

The WIL CoP meets three times a year to share and disseminate practice. If you wish to be added to the mailing list, please email deanltse@jcu.edu.au.

This session will feature Mr Ross Shaw, Project Officer, Office of the Provost, who attended the IRUA WIL Change Academy in February. Ross will update us on the IRUA WIL strategies from the contributing institutions.

Bring your own lunch!

CairnsTownsville
Time12.00 - 1.30 pm12.00 - 1.30 pm
LocationThe Chancellery Building, room 204 (A1.204)ATSIP building, room 30 (145-030)

3 April: Inclusive Learning Design - Quality and Accessible Learning

The Inclusive Learning Design workshop focuses on the quality and accessibility of learning for JCU students.  

This workshop explicitly integrates:

  • quality learning design (knowing your students, learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment)
  • accessible design informed by AccessAbility staff at JCU, and UDL and WCAG2.0
  • embedded learning analytics to view and analyse learner engagement
  • ALLY, a new tool in BB Ultra that provides opportunity for file conversions for staff and students (e.g. word doc. to mp3).

This is intended to be an informative and hands-on workshop, so please bring your own device to the workshop.

CairnsTownsville
Time9.00 - 10.30 am9.00 - 10.30 am
LocationThe Cairns Institute, Room 3 (D3.003)Multi-Purpose Building 1, Room 1 (009-001)

To register, please click here, and select "3 April: Inclusive Learning Design - Quality and Accessible Learning" from the drop-down box.

16 April: Mental Health First Aid for Suicidal Persons

The Mental   Health   First   Aid for  the Suicidal  Person  course  will  teach  you how  to  identify, approach, and support someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours, using a practical, evidence based Action Plan. You will also have the  opportunity to practise your new  skills in a safe environment.

Course Content

  • How to identify warning signs for suicide
  • How to confidently support a person in crisis
  • How to help the person stay safe
  • How to connect someone to appropriate professional help

Cost: the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person cost is $20, includes materials and delivery (self-catered).

The course will run from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm (location TBA), and is capped at 25 participants.

For information and bookings, contact Larissa Siliezar, Manager Student Equity and Wellbeing on Larissa.Siliezar@jcu.edu.au

1 May: Course Coordinator: Essentials Workshop

Details to come soon!

31 May: Subject Coordinator: Advanced Workshop

Details to come soon!

3 June: Introduction to IELTS and EAL Pedagogy

This workshop will introduce the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic). The IELTS (Academic) test is the English language test which governs entry into Australian Tertiary institutions for students from non-English speaking countries. Many students who study at JCU have a first language or dialect other than English. These students often have different learning needs to native English speakers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own curriculum documents for a discussion on how best to use English as an Additional Language (EAL) pedagogy to support EAL students at JCU.

 CairnsTownsville
Time1.00 - 4.00 pm1.00 - 4.00 pm
LocationThe Cairns Institute, Room 3 (D3.003)Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, iLearning Room 2 (018-002B)

To register, please click here and select "3 June: Introduction to IELTS and EAL Pedagogy" from the drop-down box.

4 June: Exit Standards for English Language and Numeracy Proficiency

This capstone experience workshop will focus on exit standards for English language and numeracy proficiency at conferral.  The session will look at national standards, JCU policies, and practical advice about the development and assessment of final year competency levels in those areas.

 CairnsTownsville
Time10.00 - 11.00 am10.00 - 11.00 am
LocationBuilding A4, Room 2 (A4.002)Social Sciences, Room 006 (004-006)

To register, please click here, and select "4 June: Exit Standards for English Language and Numeracy Proficiency" from the drop-down box.

24 - 25 June: Mental Health First Aid

The Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. Curriculum content is evidence-based, and has been created with the input of mental health professionals, researchers, and consumer advocates. This 12-hour course teaches adults how to provide mental health first aid.  Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Course Content

The SMHFA course teaches adults how to provide initial support to adults who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem, or mental health crises:

  • Developing mental health problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems.
  • Mental health crises
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Cost: Standard Mental Health First Aid costs $50 for the 2 days, including materials and delivery (self-catered).

The course will run from 9:00 am - 5.00 pm on both days (location TBA), and is capped at 25 participants.

For information and bookings, contact Larissa Siliezar, Manager Student Equity and Wellbeing on Larissa.Siliezar@jcu.edu.au

27 - 28 June: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Writing Retreat 1 - Framing Your Paper

LTSE is convening a 2-day writing retreat for staff interested in framing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) paper for publication.

Writing Retreat #1 will ask staff to present a project that investigates a learning and teaching question in practice, hence creating a nexus of teaching and research.  During these two days participants will create an abstract, commence a literature review, construct a writing and ethics plan, and participate in cross-discipline sharing.

Writing Retreat #2 will be held in November to polish your paper, and undertake peer review.

 CairnsTownsville
Time9.00 am - 5.00 pm9.00 am - 5.00 pm
LocationThe Cairns City Campus, room 111The GMT Boardroom, building 500, room 331

To register, please click here, and select "27 - 28  June: SoTL Writing Retreat 1" from the drop-down box.

These online modules address the core responsibilities of the Subject Coordinator, as outlined in the Charter of Responsibilities for Academic Quality and Governance and can be completed at your own pace.

Registration for the modules opens on 22 January, 2019 and closes on 31 May, 2019. 

To register, please click here and select "TP1 Subject Coordinator: Essentials Online (closes 31 May)" from the drop-down box.

Teaching Period 2

8 - 9 July: Foundations of Teaching & Learning @JCU TOWNSVILLE

Foundations of Learning and Teaching @JCU is a two-day program for all newly appointed full-time academic staff with teaching responsibilities, which is to be completed as part of employment probation. Visit the Induction for New Academic Staff page for further information and instructions on how to register.

11 - 12 July: Foundations of Teaching & Learning @JCU CAIRNS

Foundations of Learning and Teaching @JCU is a two-day program for all newly appointed full-time academic staff with teaching responsibilities, which is to be completed as part of employment probation. Visit the Induction for New Academic Staff page for further information and instructions on how to register.

17 July: Sessional Staff Induction

James Cook University sessional staff who are new to teaching or returning after more than three years are required to attend induction as part of their ongoing appointment. The program is presented as a 4-hour workshop and is available for new teaching staff at the beginning of each semester. Visit the Sessional Staff induction page for session information and instructions on how to register.

24 July: Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Community of Practice (CoP)

The WIL CoP meets three times a year to share and disseminate practice. If you wish to be added to the mailing list, please email deanltse@jcu.edu.au.

Bring your own lunch!

26 July: Learning and Teaching Evidence for Promotion

Details to come soon!

15 August: Mental Health First Aid for Suicidal Persons

Details to come soon!

16 August: Supporting Students with a Disability/Health Conditions - Subject Coordinators

Details to come soon!

23 August: New Full-Time Staff Induction Breakfast

Staff who undertake the Foundations of Learning & Teaching @JCU in July will be invited to attend a networking breakfast. Email invitations will be sent following the induction, but please note the date in your diary!

28 August: Inclusive Learning Design - Quality and Accessible Learning

Details to come soon!

18 September: Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Community of Practice (CoP)

The WIL CoP meets three times a year to share and disseminate practice. If you wish to be added to the mailing list, please email deanltse@jcu.edu.au.

Bring your own lunch!

1 October: Mental Health First Aid for Suicidal Persons

Details to come soon!

3 October: Celebrating Excellence in Teaching and Learning at JCU (TBC)

Every year, JCU celebrates the enormous contributions our teaching and support staff make to the JCU student experience. This event will encompass the Inclusive Practice Awards, the Sessional Teaching Awards, and the JCU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

More details will be available closer to the date.

4 November: Course Coordinator: Advanced Workshop

Details to come soon!

20 - 21 November: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Writing Retreat 2 - Share/Publish

Details to come soon!

3 December: Mental Health First Aid Refresher

Details to come soon!

These online modules address the core responsibilities of the Subject Coordinator, as outlined in the Charter of Responsibilities for Academic Quality and Governance and can be completed at your own pace.

Registration for the modules opens on 1 July, 2019 and closes on 31 November, 2019. 

Registrations will open in TP2.

For further information about any of the workshops or events listed above, please email ltse@jcu.edu.au