The ADEPT program provides academic and professional staff in teaching, and support for teaching roles, with the opportunity to develop their capabilities, knowledge, skills and values to create and deliver a contemporary, student-focused and collaborative learning experience for students.
ADEPT (Adelaide Development Program for Educators and Professionals who Teach) enables colleagues to effectively translate research-based and inclusive teaching practices into discipline specific learning environments.
The program will offer colleagues opportunities to engage in scholarly activity by belonging and contributing to scholarly communities of practice.
It will provide a platform that will help with the navigation of the Australian higher education landscape with a particular focus on the strategic directions of the University of Adelaide.
Vision and mission
ADEPT is designed to provide staff with the capabilities and underpinning knowledge, skills and values to create and deliver contemporary, student-driven and evidence-based higher education learning environments.
The program provides staff with the capacity to effectively translate research-based and inclusive teaching practices to their discipline specific learning environments, enabling students to succeed in all aspects of the University of Adelaide’s Graduate Attributes.
It provides the tools to examine educational practices through critical self reflection and peer review, developing and enhancing professional identity as educator in higher education actively engaged with students in the teaching and learning process.
The program offers opportunities to engage in scholarly activity by belonging and contributing to scholarly communities of practice, assisting staff in their ongoing navigation of the Australian higher education landscape.
The program promotes and value the development of academic leadership skills through a peer-based delivery approach that underpins all facets of the program.
- Inclusivity meeting the needs of all staff with an educational role
- Integrity and Dignity all members of the community respected, valued and acknowledged
- Professionalism continual self-development and focus on quality improvement
- Collegiality trusting, collaborative and supportive environment, underpinned by mentorship, social learning and sharing of practice
- Scholarship evidence-based and reflective
The ADEPT Professional Development Program is a flexible modular program that can be customised to individual career development goals and current or anticipated roles and responsibilities.
The program incorporates three types of ADEPT activities: bespoke modules, accredited activities and approved activities and is mapped to the Advanced HE Professional Standards Framework to support applications for fellowship.
- Made-for-ADEPT - Modules are created for the University of Adelaide by our academic developers
- ADEPT Accredited - Modules or learning activities offered by colleagues across the University
- ADEPT Approved - Activities undertaken by staff towards their professional development (e.g. conference attendance, MOOCs, leadership programs.
There are currently two recommended ADEPT Pathways available to staff.
These are Developing Educators and Emerging Leaders. Education Shapers is currently under development.
Pathway 1: Developing Educators for staff that are new to teaching or new to Uni and staff wanting to renew teaching approaches or develop new skills
Pathway 2: Emerging Leaders module will provide course coordinators and educators with an understanding of the educational theory behind student engagement in an online environment and the tools to successfully convert lecture content from f2f to online delivery making effective use of video in a way that is appropriate to your discipline. You will develop an increased awareness of the techniques available for improving student engagement with video content and increased confidence in delivering online synchronous and asynchronous lectures.
Pathway 3: Education Shapers (currently under development) for program coordinators and academic partners and/or leaders with responsibility for teaching quality and curriculum development.
Pathway 1 - Modules for Developing Educators
Please see this overview of the Developing Educators Pathway for details on the module learning outcomes.
To receive a certificate of completion for a module, learning tasks prior, during and after sessions will need to be submitted.
Introduction to University Teaching
In this module, you will reflect on your experiences as both a student and educator in order to inform your own approach to teaching whilst exploring student centred approaches for tertiary education. The importance of feedback and how to structure and deliver timely and constructive feedback will also be examined.
This module will showcase Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) as an effective framework to motivate students and enhance learning outcomes. You will learn about the evidence base for this approach and have the opportunity to design an IBL activity for your context and engage in peer review.
Assessment for Learning
Assessment is a powerful tool for student learning. In this module, you will engage with evidence-based, good practice principles for effective and efficient assessment design and apply them to your teaching context. You will identify how assessments can be aligned with the Universal Design for Learning principles to ensure inclusive learning experiences for a diverse student cohort. You will learn how to design assessments and rubrics that provide the constructive and informative feedback to ensure student success.
Designing Engaging Learning Environments
This module will highlight aspects of learner diversity by providing information on how to design engaging learning environments, both face to face and online. We will be discussing how you can apply inclusive practices to facilitate academic success among diverse cohorts and design approaches to modify teaching to engage students with diverse learning needs. A proportion of the workshop will also be dedicated to being responsive to our current teaching context therefore exploring the impact of technology-enabled learning experiences and how you can use online design elements to facilitate effective learning experiences online.
Evaluating Learning and Teaching Effectiveness
This module introduces the use of Learning Analytics for evaluating the student experience and a reflective approach to improving practice. You will engage with colleagues in a peer feedback process for evaluating teaching effectiveness. In addition to improving student experience and learning outcomes the data can be included in teaching portfolios, awards and promotion applications.
Pathway 2 - Emerging Leaders
Flexible Modes of Delivery module will provide course coordinators and educators with an understanding of the educational theory behind student engagement in an online environment and the tools to successfully convert lecture content from f2f to online delivery making effective use of video in a way that is appropriate to your discipline. You will develop an increased awareness of the techniques available for improving student engagement with video content and increased confidence in delivering online synchronous and asynchronous lectures.
Assessment for Learning II
Currently under development
Designing and delivering quality WIL (fully online)
This module covers the why, what, and how of designing and delivering quality Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences through the application of evidence-based approaches that are responsive to current industry and community needs. It will address three dimensions of a quality WIL experience: student experience, industry engagement, and curriculum design.
Through engaging with real examples of WIL in practice, you will develop skills in designing, delivering, and evaluating the quality of, WIL experiences. This module is part of the Emerging Leaders pathway and therefore is intended to inform the practice of those with course design responsibilities.
While this is a fully online, mostly self-paced module, it is delivered within a specific time frame so that you can benefit from peer learning and interactions with experienced practitioners in the discussion forums.
The time commitment is approximately 2 hours each week comprising of engaging with content, brief learning tasks, and asynchronous collaboration and discussion in weeks 1, 3, 4 and 5. There are tasks designed to demonstrate your learning which will need to be completed if you wish to receive a certificate for your professional development records.
2021 Program Dates and Information
Plan your 2021 professional development with these free ADEPT sessions for staff. Exact dates and times will be released soon however, the annual planning calendar is now available.
Module Date Registration Introduction to University Teaching (self-paced, online) Ongoing Contact us Assessment for Learning I
Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 April 2021
August date TBC
Register here for April Designing Engaging Learning Environments
22 & 24 February 2021
Inquiry Based Learning May, October TBA Evaluating Learning and Teaching Effectiveness June, November TBA
Please contact us should you have any questions or to make an inquiry about a future workshop.
Module Date Registration Flexible Modes of Delivery
18 & 19 February 2021
Assessment for Learning II May, October TBA Designing and delivering quality WIL (fully online via MyUni)
Commences March 15, concludes April 23
Commences August, concludes September - dates TBC
Please contact us should you have any question or to make an inquiry about a future workshop.