Online Induction for Sessional Teachers


How to register

The Online Induction for Sessional Teachers (OIST) is a self-guided, interactive online course for sessional teachers at the University of Melbourne. OIST explores educational theory including principles of small group teaching, strategies for student engagement, feedback, encouraging active learning and self-evaluation techniques, and includes a final task of critiquing a filmed tutorial. Upon successful completion of OIST, participants receive a certificate and they may like to consider taking the Advanced Skills for Sessional Teachers program, or the Melbourne Teaching Certificate. [From semester 2, 2017 participants will also be able to enrol in a discipline-based online program for sessional teachers in Science and Arts]

Suitable for: Sessional teachers new to the University of Melbourne

Availability: 24/7 online.

Please complete the online registration form.

  • If you are a student and a tutor, please include your staff details in your registration.
  • If you are a new staff member and have not yet been allocated a University staff username, please follow this up with your coordinator. To gain early access while your staff username is arranged, please email your name, staff number, faculty of teaching and subjects teaching to
  • If you are a student and a tutor but have not yet been allocated a staff username, please use your student details in your registration.

You will receive an email confirmation of your enrolment within two working days of completing the registration form. This email will also contain information about how to access the course within the LMS.

What’s involved?

Once you are enrolled into OIST, the course is entirely self-directed, there is no specific start or end date, and it is available to you 24/7 wherever you have internet access. OIST takes around 4 hours to complete.

How to complete OIST

There are four steps to completing OIST:

  • Pre course survey
  • Complete the course in your own time
  • OIST reflective task
  • Post course survey

Upon completion of the surveys and the reflective task, you will be issued a certificate.


For further queries regarding the course, please contact:

Sylvia Schaffarczyk
T: +61 3 8344 8664

For assistance with registrations and the LMS, please contact:

Aminata Doumbia
T: +61 3 8344 5355.