Sessional Staff Teaching and Learning Program

Development Opportunity for New Sessional Academic Staff

The Sessional Staff Teaching and Learning Program aims to; orient new sessional staff to learning and teaching at Western; assist them in developing active learning environments with their students and; support staff with using enquiry-oriented methods to frame individual professional development goals as sessional academics.

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

  • complete an online orientation and modules (1 hour)
  • attend a face-to-face workshop, which includes planning for future professional learning needs (2 hours).

Session 1
Online modules PLUS face to face workshop
Workshop Details
Location:  Parramatta City Campus |169 Macquarie Street*
Date: Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm (Participants to attend 10 minutes prior for registration. Session starts promptly at 10.00 am)
Facilitators: Georgie Avard and Gina Saliba

Session 2
Online modules PLUS face to face workshop
Workshop Details
Location:  Parramatta South Campus | Victoria Road, Rydalmere
Date: Tuesday, 13th August 2019
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm  (Participants to attend 10 minutes prior for registration. Session starts promptly at 10.00 am)
Facilitators: Georgie Avard and Gina Saliba

*Please note parking bays are not available at this campus. You are encouraged to view the Parramatta CBD map [PDF, 563Kb] (opens in a new window) for parking options in this area, and the Parramatta City campus map [PDF, 800Kb] (opens in a new window) for location details. Alternately, you can park at Parramatta North/South Campuses and take a shuttle (opens in a new window).

Getting Started

Step 1 - Register for the face-to-face workshop via MyCareer Online.

  1. From Staff OnLine (opens in a new window), select MyCareer Online from the menu bar (a separate browser page will open)
  2. On the MyCareer Online home page, type "Sessional Staff Learning and Teaching Program" into the Search box in the top right hand corner and press enter (or click the magnifying glass)
  3. From the search results, click on the title of the course
  4. To register, click Request next to the session that you wish to attend

Step 2 – A confirmation email will be sent advising you have been added to the “Sessional Staff Learning and Teaching Program” vUWS site. You can then login to the vUWS site (opens in a new window) with your MyCareer Online credentials. Under My vUWS Sites click “Professional Learning and Recognition 2019”.

Step 3 – Read the “Welcome and Program Overview”. Scroll down to complete “Activity One – Self-paced online learning” and “Activity Two – Post your thoughts on the discussion forum”. Activity 2 can also be accessed through your Group Space on the Course Menu on the left hand side of your screen. Estimated time for this task is one hour.

NOTE: Non-completion of the online module activities by the due date will result in exclusion from the face-to-face workshop.

Imbursement: All sessional staff who complete the program can claim three hours work (one hour’s pay for completing the orientation and independent study modules and two hours pay for attending the face to face session). Details of claiming will be sent to Sessional staff who register and attend the face-to-face workshop.

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