Certificate in Small-Group Teaching

Expressions of interest for intensive cohorts Semester 1, 2023 will close at 9am on Monday 10 January 2023.

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.

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

In 2023, the program will be offered in two different delivery modes, an in-person intensive and an online only delivery.

Intensive: four half-day sessions that must be attended in person on the Parkville Campus, plus completion of 3 assignments asynchronously. This delivery mode is only for those wishing to complete the certificate. Due to venue capacity, preference will be given to those who have not previously completed any portion of the program. There is no option to complete the intensive in a non-assessed mode.

Online: 8 seminars delivered over the semester (two blocks of four consecutive weeks), plus completion of 3 assignments asynchronously. The online stream can be completed in the assessed mode or non-assessed mode.

To complete the Certificate Program, participants must attend 7 of the 8 seminars (4 of which must be core sessions). Please note the seminars will not be recorded.

Alternatively, you may register for the online seminars without completing the Certificate Program. Registrations for Individual Sessions will open in February 2023.

Schedule

Please note that these are THREE separate cohorts. Due to space restrictions, each cohort must attend on their designated day(s).

  • Intensive (on campus) - Cohort A

    Cohort A (Monday-Tuesday)

    Seminar 1: Foundations of good teaching in higher education
    Seminar 2: Strategies for facilitating active learning
    Monday 6 February,
    9am-1pm
    Seminar 3: Principles of effective feedback
    Seminar 4: Working with diversity
    Tuesday 7 February,
    9am -1pm
    Seminar 5: Fostering student interaction
    Seminar 6: Facilitating in-class discussion
    Monday 13 February,
    9am-1pm
    Seminar 7: Using questions in the classroom
    Seminar 8: Lesson planning for small-group contexts
    Tuesday 14 February,
    9am-1.30pm
  • Intensive (on campus) - Cohort B

    Cohort B (Thursday-Friday)

    Seminar 1: Foundations of good teaching in higher education
    Seminar 2: Strategies for facilitating active learning
    Thursday 9 February,
    9am-1pm
    Seminar 3: Principles of effective feedback
    Seminar 4: Working with diversity
    Friday 10 February,
    9am-1pm
    Seminar 5: Fostering student interaction
    Seminar 6: Facilitating in-class discussion
    Thursday 16 February,
    9am-1pm
    Seminar 7: Using questions in the classroom
    Seminar 8: Lesson planning for small-group contexts
    Friday 17 February,
    9am-1.30pm
  • Semester 1 (online) - (March & May)
    Part A
    Seminar 1: Foundations of good teaching in higher education*Wednesday 8 March,
    10-11:30am
    Seminar 2: Strategies for facilitating active learning*Wednesday 15 March,
    10-11:30am
    Seminar 3: Principles of effective feedback*Wednesday 22 March,
    10-11:30am
    Seminar 4: Working with diversityWednesday 29 March,
    10-11:30am
    Part B
    Seminar 5: Fostering student interactionWednesday 3 May,
    10-11:30am
    Seminar 6: Facilitating in-class discussionWednesday 10 May,
    10-11:30am
    Seminar 7: Using questions in the classroomWednesday 17 May,
    10-11:30am
    Seminar 8: Lesson planning for small-group contexts*Wednesday 24 May,
    10-12pm

    *Core sessions for the certificate program

Registration

Certificate program

Expression of interest (EOI) registrations for Semester 1, 2023 are now open. Please use the button below to register for ONE of the three separate cohorts.

Apply now

Those wishing to register for the non-assessed online delivery, can also express interest using the above form.

Alternatively, you may register for individual online seminars. Registrations for Individual Sessions will open in February 2023.

More information

  • If I am enrolled in one of the intensive cohorts, can I attend the Mon/Tues intensive one week and the Thurs/Friday intensive the second week?

    No. Due to space restrictions, each cohort must attend on their designated day(s).

  • 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.