Certificate in Small-Group Teaching

About

The Certificate in Small-Group Teaching (CSGT) is a professional development program for those new to university teaching and those interested in solidifying their understanding of key principles and practices of effective teaching and learning. It is focused primarily on aspects of teaching and learning related to small-group contexts, such as tutorials, seminars, and demonstrations.

Participants can choose to complete the Certificate Program with assessment tasks or to attend individual online seminars.

The assessed Certificate Program will be offered in two streams in Semester 2, 2021: a wholly online stream and a wholly on-campus stream. Participants can be enrolled in either Stream 1 or Stream 2.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the Certificate Program, participants should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of key principles of effective teaching and learning in higher education;
  • apply key concepts and principles to their own teaching context; and
  • demonstrate a reflective approach to the facilitation of various teaching activities.

Suitable for

Both the Certificate Program and the individual seminars are open to current University of Melbourne staff and graduate researchers.

The program is most suitable for those new to university teaching or those without previous formal teacher training.

University of Melbourne academic staff looking for formal professional development in university teaching should refer to the Melbourne Teaching Certificate or the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching.

Program structure

The Certificate Program comprises two parts:

  • Part A covers the fundamental principles of higher education learning and teaching
  • Part B focuses on practical strategies for small-group learning contexts

Part A: Principles of university teaching & learning

Seminar 1: Foundations of good teaching in higher education*
Seminar 2: Strategies for facilitating active learning*
Seminar 3: Principles of effective feedback*
Seminar 4: Working with diversity

Part B: Small-group teaching in practice

Seminar 5: Fostering student interaction
Seminar 6: Facilitating in-class discussion
Seminar 7: Questioning techniques in the classroom
Seminar 8: Lesson planning for small-group contexts*

*Core sessions for the certificate program

To complete the Certificate Program, participants must attend 7 of the 8 seminars (4 of which must be core sessions) or all four days of the intensive and complete three small assessment tasks. Please note the seminars will not be recorded.

Alternatively, you may register for any of the online seminars without completing the Certificate Program. Please note: The on-campus seminars are limited to those who are enrolled in that stream of the Certificate Program.

Program Schedule

In 2022, the program will be offered in two delivery modes. Online as eight individual sessions and as a four day intensive program. The four day intensive will combine the individual seminars into four three-hour sessions.

Intensive On Campus

SessionTopicTime / Date
Part A:
Session 1
- Foundations of good teaching in higher education*
- Strategies for facilitating active learning*
9am - 1pm
Wednesday 9th February 2022
Part A:
Session 2
- Principles of effective feedback*
- Working with diversity
9am - 1pm
Thursday 10th February 2022
Part B:
Session 1
- Fostering student interaction
- Facilitating in-class discussion
9am - 1pm
Wednesday 16th February 2022
Part B:
Session 2
- Using questions in the classroom
- Lesson planning for small-group contexts*
9am - 1:30pm
Thursday 17th February 2022

Online Delivery

SessionTimeDate
Part A
Seminar 1: Foundations of good teaching in higher education*
1:30pm - 3pmWednesday 9th March 2022
Seminar 2: Strategies for facilitating active learning*1:30pm - 3pmWednesday 16th March 2022
Seminar 3: Principles of effective feedback*1:30pm - 3pmWednesday 23rd March 2022
Seminar 4: Working with diversity1:30pm - 3pmWednesday 30th March 2022
Part B
Seminar 5: Fostering student interaction
1:30pm - 3pmWednesday 4th May 2022
Seminar 6: Facilitating in-class discussion1:30pm - 3pmWednesday 11th May 2022
Seminar 7: Using questions in the classroom1:30pm - 3pmWednesday 18th May 2022
Seminar 8: Lesson planning for small-group contexts*1:30pm - 3:30pmWednesday 25th May 2022

*Core sessions for the certificate program

Registration

Certificate program

Expression of interest (EOI) registrations for the assessed program are now open.

Register Expression of Interest now

Individual online seminars

Individuals wishing to attend single sessions and not receive the certificate can register for the online delivery of each seminar.

Register for individual seminars

More information

If I am enrolled in the online stream, can I attend the on-campus seminars (or vice versa)?

No, the two streams are separate, and you will need to attend the seminars for your respective stream. In addition, space restrictions and contact tracing requirements make it necessary for us to limit the number of participants attending on campus.

Do I need to complete the full program within one semester?

No, you don’t. However, it is strongly recommended that each Part be completed within one semester. In addition, please note that completion of Part A is required before Assignment 2 and 3 may be submitted.

Can I still attend the seminars without doing the assessments tasks?

Yes, participants can choose to attend one or more of the online seminars without completing the assessed portion of the full program. However, they will not receive a certificate of completion or of attendance. To attend an individual online seminar, please select from the full list of seminars. Please note that the on-campus seminars are limited to those enrolled in that stream of the Certificate Program.

Do I have to attend the seminars or can I catch up with a recording?

The sessions will not be recorded. Attendance at a minimum of 7 out of 8 sessions (including 4 core sessions) is a requirement of the Certificate Program.

Can I enrol in the assessed program even if I have already attended some of the seminars?

Yes, you may decide to complete the assessed portion of the program even if you have already started attending some of the sessions. To do so, please contact Melbourne CSHE or complete an EOI for the semester in which you would like to begin your formal enrolment.

What if I have attended some of these workshops before?

Participants who have attended equivalent workshops within the last year would not need to repeat the respective seminar. Please contact Melbourne CSHE to verify previous workshop attendance and confirm your remaining attendance requirements.

What are the assessment requirements for the Certificate Program?

There are three assessment tasks for the Certificate in Small-Group Teaching. All three are individual tasks. Assignment 1 is due after Part A and Assignments 2 and 3 are due after completion of Part B. Those who register for the Certificate Program will receive more detail about the assessment requirements.

If I am not enrolled in the assessed program, can I register for an individual on-campus seminar?

No, the on-campus seminars are limited to those who are enrolled in that stream of the Certificate Program. In addition, space restrictions and contact tracing requirements make it necessary for us to limit the number of participants attending on campus. To register for an individual online seminar, please see the full list of seminars.

Are there any fees or charges?

The program is provided by Melbourne CSHE as a service to University of Melbourne staff and graduate researchers so there is no cost to individuals, departments or faculties.

Enquiries

Program content

Dr Samantha Marangell, Program Coordinator
samantha.marangell@unimelb.edu.au

Administrative matters

melbourne-cshe@unimelb.edu.au