ADEPT

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

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  • 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.

  • Program learning outcomes

    The ADEPT Professional Development Program enables new and experienced educators to:

    • become more reflective and scholarly practitioners through an application of evidence-based and student-driven educational practices
    • design inclusive teaching, learning and assessment approaches underpinned by the principles of Universal Design for Learning
    •  build their digital learning and teaching capabilities and those of their students
    • articulate and transfer their teaching philosophy into effective classroom practice through a wide range of approaches that actively engage students • effectively contribute to a scholarly community of practice for continued colleague support and peer review of teaching practices • develop a contemporary teaching portfolio that will enhance award, promotion and HEA Fellowship applications
  • Program values

    • 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
  • Program structure

    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.

    • Program incorporates three types of ADEPT activities: bespoke modules, accredited activities and approved activities
    • Mapped to 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) 

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: 

  • Made-for-ADEPT - Modules are created for the University of Adelaide by our team of academic developers and mapped to Advanced HE Professional Standards Framework to support applications for fellowship
  • 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) 
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  • ADEPT Pathways

    There are 3 recommended Pathways which will be developed over a period of three years. These are Developing Educators, Emerging Leaders and Education Shapers.

    • 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 for course/unit/module coordinators and academic partners with course development and design responsibilities
    • Pathway 3: Education Shapers for program coordinators and academic partners and/or leaders with responsibility for teaching quality and curriculum development
  • Workshops for Pathway 1

    1. Introduction to University Teaching
      Introduction to University Teaching is a key component in the induction of new to teaching or new to the university staff.
    2. Developing Educators One Day Workshop: Creating Engaging Learning Environments
      Developing Educators One Day Workshop: Creating Engaging Learning Environments builds on the concepts covered in the Introduction to University Teaching Module. and will be followed-up with post workshop activities
    3. Inquiry Based Learning (IBL)
      This workshop will showcase Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) as an effective framework to motivate students and enhance learning outcomes.
    4. Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness
      This workshop will provide you with the chance to reflect on your learning and teaching and design approaches to evaluating their effectiveness, preparing data that can be used for teaching portfolios, awards and promotion applications