LTSE Professional Development

Professional Development

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.

Please see our Professional Learning Series Flyer for information on sessions scheduled for 2021.

Teaching Period 2, 2021

Sessional Staff Induction

James Cook University sessional staff who are new to teaching or returning after more than three years are required to complete induction as part of their ongoing appointment. The induction will be available at the beginning of each semester. Visit the Sessional Staff induction page for session information and instructions on how to register.

6 & 9 Jul: Panopto Editing for Teaching and Learning

Panopto will soon replace Mediasite and with that are new options for producing engaging video content. In this webinar we will go over:

  • editing videos and incorporating other streams/materials
  • making videos interactive (quizzes)
  • video assignments
  • captioning
  • Panopto with other learning tools
  • innovative Panopto examples

To register, please click here

12 - 19 Jul: Peer Review for Qualitative Feedback

LearnJCU has recently added a Peer Review tool, a new functionality that enables students to review each other’s’ work and offer qualitative feedback.  Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement and as we know, many students are keen to get feedback on a draft of an assignment before final submission.  So, this new tool is worth a look.

In this short 30-minute session, we’ll be showcasing an example of how the Peer Review tool can be used to provide feedback on a draft of a major assignment before final submission for marking.  Join us to find out how the tool works and discuss how it would actually work in a teaching context.  We’ll also discuss some of the important considerations around using peer review for your teaching and your students’ learning. If you are already using peer review strategies in your teaching, come along and find out how LearnJCU can help you streamline the process.

Monday, 12 July 2021 12pm - 12.30pm A zoom link will be provided upon registration
Wednesday, 14 July 2021 4pm  - 4.30pm A zoom link will be provided upon registration
Monday, 19 July 2021 1pm - 1.30pm A zoom link will be provided upon registration

To register, please click here

20 & 22 Jul: Designing Learning Outcomes Workshop

Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement is offering a two hour online interactive workshop focused on the lifecycle of designing Learning Outcomes.  We will explore the significance of learning outcomes and their alignment to your teaching and assessment methods.  You will have the opportunity to (re)-design your learning outcomes and align these to your teaching and assessment methods.

To register for the workshops below please click here

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12pm - 2pm (AEST) A Collaborate link will be provided upon registration
Thursday, 22 July 2021 3pm - 5pm (AEST) A Collaborate link will be provided upon registration

21 & 22 July:  SoTL Writing Retreat

The aim of this writing retreat is to facilitate some aspect of SoTL writing, whether that be a review of literature, preparing an ethics application or drafting a SoTL manuscript that you intend to submit for peer review.

Wherever you are ‘at’ with your SoTL project, the writing retreat provides you with dedicated time and collegial ‘space’ to concentrate on writing.  A community of practice approach is taken in this writing retreat which will be facilitated by a number of activities and opportunities for peer discussion and review.

In order to make the most of this workshop you should have an identified SoTL project which is at any stage of progress that you can use to focus your writing.

To register please click here.

22 July: JCU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Nominees Workshop

This hands-on workshop will support JCU Citations nominees in drafting their 2021 nominations.

Please bring your draft nominations (regardless of level of completion) for discussion.

Open to staff from JCUS and JCUB.

To register for this online workshop, please click here

26 - 30 July: Blackboard Ally Workshops

Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement is offering one hour online workshops focused on the new LJCU tool, Blackboard (Bb) Ally.

Blackboard (Bb) Ally is now enabled in all 2021 subjects.  Bb Ally contributes to making subject content inclusive and flexible.

  • For lecturers, it provides accessibility scores against files and advice on how to improve those scores.
  • For students, it provides flexible learning options by enabling alternative formats on digital learning materials.

Note: this workshop is a repeat of the Blackboard Ally workshops offered in early 2021

To register for the workshops, please click here

Monday, 26 July 2021 12pm - 1pm (AEST) A Collaborate link will be provided upon registration
Wednesday, 28 July 2021 3pm - 4pm (AEST) A Collaborate link will be provided upon registration
Friday, 30 July 2021 12pm -1pm (AEST) A Collaborate link will be provided upon registration

28 July:  Teaching with Panopto video: A demonstration

In this webinar, Fabian Moa will demonstrate how he teaches with Panopto video.

Fabian is the Director of Teaching & Learning at Noesis Academy. Noesis is one of Southeast Asia’s leading providers of professional education, supporting learners to achieve high pass rates in an innovative technology-enabled learning environment.

In his role, Fabian oversees students’ learning experience and works closely with the faculty to ensure high standards in the delivery of the curriculum. He lectures extensively in professional certification programs such as CFA and CPA Australia in Malaysia and Singapore. He also conducts training workshops in financial modelling and risk related matters.

Wednesday, 28 July 2021 11am-12pm  (Singapore time) and 1pm-2pm  (AEST) A zoom link will be provided upon registration

To register, please click here and select “28 July: Teaching with Panopto video” from the drop-down box.

All those that register will receive a follow up email with a link to the webinar recording.

13 August: Supporting Students with a Disability or Health Condition

This session is designed for course coordinators and First-Year coordinators, however, all staff are welcome to attend.

Topics covered include:

  • Understand the issues for students with a disability in a Tertiary Environment
  • Understand the JCU supports available for students with a disability
  • Understand and know how to implement the roles & responsibilities for both students and staff at JCU
  • Increased awareness, understanding and skills for inclusive teaching, working with AccessAbility Services and implementation of reasonable adjustments
  • Apply the guiding principles and relevant legislation
  • Develop an understanding of how to approach obstacles for students with a disability now and into the future
9am - 11am Zoom meeting details will be provided once you have registered.

To register, please click here and select "13 August:  Supporting Students with a Disability".

29 September: Teaching Diverse Students: Pedagogies that make a difference for neurodiverse students

This event is being postponed until early November, please contact Larissa Siliezar, Manager Student Equity and Wellbeing, for further details.

7 October: Celebrating Excellence in Learning & Teaching @JCU

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, Inclusive and Accessible LearnJCU Site Award, the Sessional Teaching Awards, and the JCU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Please join us as we recognise the significant contributions our staff make to the JCU learning and teaching community.

When:  3.30pm - 4.30pm Thursday 7 October 2021

Where:  A link to a zoom room will be provided upon registration

To register for this event please click here

2 November: Course Coordinator: Advanced Workshop

The Course Coordinators: Advanced workshop is an interactive forum that builds on the foundations established by the Course Coordinator Essentials. It enables Course Coordinators to remain up-to-date with current institutional practices and new directions across the higher education sector.

More details to come soon.

To register for the workshops, please click here.

4 November: AHE Fellowship Information Session

Professional Development Opportunity
Supported Associate Fellowship, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship
Application for recognition with advance HE (UK)

Acknowledge your commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education - over 135,000 Fellows across the world!

Find out more about what Fellowships have to offer you - Advance HE

To register, please click here

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 19 July 2021 and closes on 30 November 2021. 

To register, please click here, and select "TP2 Subject Coordinator: Essential Online Modules (closes 30 November)" from the drop-down box.

For further information about any of the workshops or events listed above, please email