Melbourne Teaching Certificate (MTC)
The Melbourne Teaching Certificate (MTC) is a professional development program for University of Melbourne staff with teaching responsibilities. The MTC introduces research-based principles of effective learning and teaching in higher education and focuses on practical ideas and strategies to strengthen and enhance your teaching. The MTC is a two-part, cohort-based program completed across one semester. Successful completion of the MTC allows participants advanced standing for the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, and a certificate of completion.
Suitable for: Academic staff with some teaching experience
Availability: one day intensive and two half-day forums delivered in each semester
Graduate researchers - please refer to the Teaching Skills for Graduate Researchers (TSGR) program page.
In completing the MTC, participants can expect to:
- Gain practical ideas and strategies to enhance their teaching
- Make valuable contacts with colleagues from diverse academic and teaching backgrounds
- Have opportunities to discuss challenges experienced in their particular teaching contexts
- Acquire written feedback on their teaching, valuable for confirmation, annual review, or promotion
- Discuss strategies for preparation of a teaching portfolio
- Gain insights into the particular teaching environment of the University of Melbourne.
There are four components to this course which must be completed by participants.
Component 1: Forum
A program of seminars covering the essentials of University teaching, including some of the theories behind good practice principles, assessment of student learning and graduate education.
Time commitment: One full day
Component 2: Assignment
The design and implementation of assessment is central to effective university teaching. As an assignment, each participant prepares a short paper (500-1000 words) based on a review of assessment practices in their area of teaching.
Time commitment: 1-2 hours (approximate—will vary between individuals)
Component 3: Peer review of teaching
Participants are formed into pairs for a reciprocal process of peer review of teaching. This typically involves people from different disciplines giving and receiving feedback on their face-to-face teaching. Each person also receives feedback from a colleague from their department on a separate occasion. Participants may use this component to satisfy their department's own peer review of teaching requirement (if applicable). However, they will still undertake the peer review cycle with their MTC peer. Melbourne CSHE provides coordination, supporting documentation and advice to assist participants to capitalise on the recognised benefits of peer review of teaching. Results of the peer review process is confidential and will remain the property of the reviewed participant. Options for incorporating the results of peer review of teaching into teaching portfolios are discussed in the program.
Time commitment: Approximately 5 hours in total (meetings and in-class review time)
Component 4: Completion seminar
This seminar provides an opportunity for the group as a whole to discuss the outcomes of the peer review process, including strategies for addressing any common teaching challenges identified. In addition, the seminar includes a presentation on the development of individual ‘teaching portfolios’. This provides practical advice for the preparation of documentation for staff appraisal (confirmation or annual performance review) and promotion.
Time commitment: 2 hours
Participants must attend all components of the program. A certificate is awarded on satisfactory completion of all program components.
Fee and entry requirements
Participants must have teaching responsibilities at the University of Melbourne in the semester in which they undertake the program.
There are no fees and no direct charges to departments, schools or faculties as this program is provided by the University of Melbourne as a service to its staff.
Program schedule and registration
The program is offered in semesters 1 and 2, with two start dates in each semester. Participants only need to participate in one offering or group.
Please register by clicking on the 'Register' link associated with your preferred group/start date. Note that by registering for a particular group you are acknowledging that you will attend both the class and forum components listed for that group.
- Group A
- Group B
- Group C
- Group D