Sessional Staff Learning and Teaching Program

Introduction to Teaching Practice at Western (Sessional Academic Staff)

The Introduction to Teaching Practice at Western aims to orient new sessional staff to learning and teaching at Western. The interactive program includes exploring contemporary, active learning environments along with engagement strategies to enhance student learning experiences.  The program runs twice a year during autumn and spring terms.

What is the Program about?

The Program is designed to support new sessional academic staff to

  • Examine their students' engagement in learning to adapt their approaches to teaching
  • Identify strategies to improve responsiveness to culturally diverse learning environments
  • Track down some of the different technological platforms available at WSU to support teaching and learning to consider how they might be used to improve the educational experience
  • Use research-informed guidelines on effective feedback to reflect on the approaches to assessment within their units
  • Locate a variety of sources of feedback on their teaching and their students' learning to inform their work in unit and course teams
  • Exchange strategies and sources of support with other academic colleagues

This Program is facilitated through a flipped delivery mode where attendees are required to:

  • complete online modules which focus on teaching practice (1 hour)
  • attend an interactive, participant-focused workshop (2 hours)

NOTE: Non-completion of the online module activities by the required completion date will result in exclusion from the workshop. We recommend that you consult your supervisor and/or School Manager before registering for the workshop.

Register your interest for the upcoming Autumn 2024 session

The  Autumn 2024 Introduction to Teaching Practices for sessional academics has been scheduled to be delivered on

Thursday 14th March 2024 in an online delivery mode

Register your interest today 

We will contact you to request your registration as soon as the program date and details are available.

For enquiries regarding registration for these sessions, please contact Learning Futures at

If you have any additional questions about the program, contact Learning Futures.