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.


More about ADEPT

  • 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 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.

    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.
  • 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
  • Modules for Developing Educators - Pathway 1

    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. 

    Inquiry-based learning 

    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. 


    These workshops are offered throughout the year. Upcoming dates will be displayed on this page, communicated via email or you can email us to express your interest.