Teaching Capability Framework

Teaching Capability Framework

Teaching Capability Framework


APRIL, 2021

Teaching and Learning
Professional learning

Enhancing the capabilities of teaching teams is one of the most important ways universities can ensure high-quality student experiences. Deakin University has developed a unique Teaching Capability Framework that includes a range of both academic and professional roles that contribute to teaching and learning in higher education. Deakin adopts a team teaching approach and the development of learning experiences is collaborative and multidisciplinary. Recognising this, the framework is organised into four professional domains that recognises a diversity of roles.

  • Design learning opportunities
  • Deliver teaching interactions
  • Enable student learning experiences
  • Lead teaching teams

For each of these domains, the framework articulates the central capacities that are important for teaching and learning staff: Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values. By mapping their development against these central capacities staff can use the framework for professional learning, support for career advancement and award submissions or recognition through the Deakin HE Fellowship program.

While most university capability frameworks focus on academic roles, Deakin understands that it’s not just academics and learning developers that contribute to teaching and learning. The Deakin Teaching Capability Framework recognises that everyone from UX Specialists and librarians to WIL supervisors, career staff and technical support staff have a role to play.

‘Helping our staff to develop their teaching capabilities will help out students,’ says Prof. Helen Partridge, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning. ‘This simple yet powerful idea is at the heart of the Deakin Teaching Capability Framework. Importantly, the Framework was developed to recognise and support all Deakin staff whose role contributes to teaching and learning.’

Development of the framework

The Deakin Teaching Capability Framework was developed by teaching and learning teams across the University. The typical activities, knowledge and values in each domain were based on the internationally recognised Professional Standards Framework (PSF). Building on this, Deakin’s Curriculum Framework and Premium Principles for Learning and Teaching were incorporated into the framework. The result is a comprehensive framework that articulates the capacities demonstrated by professional teaching teams, contextualised to Deakin University. 

For academic staff, the areas of activity in the framework are aligned with learning and teaching tasks in Deakin’s Minimum Standards for Academic Levels. The level of autonomy, complexity and influence with which these activities are undertaken increase as staff move up through the academic levels (A-E).

Using the framework

Anyone who is in a role that contributes to the development of teaching and learning at Deakin can use the Teaching Capability Framework. Individuals can develop knowledge around the central capacities and identify areas for further development. Leaders in teaching and learning can use the framework initiate conversations at a faculty, course and University level and develop professional learning activities to build capacity of staff.

Beyond mapping and building capability, the framework can also support applications for recognition, promotion and awards. Any Deakin staff whose role contributes to teaching and learning can apply for the Deakin HE Fellowship program. This accredited and internationally recognised peer reviewed, professional recognition program supports staff in gaining recognition through HEA Fellowships.

Deakin University is proud to be a leader in the development of teaching and learning experiences by collaborative and multidisciplinary teams.

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Project-Based Learning with Microsoft Office 365 tools

Project-Based Learning with Microsoft Office 365 tools

Project-Based Learning with Microsoft Office 365 tools


MARCH, 2021

Teaching Online
Good Practice

Thinking back at some of our most powerful learning experiences, it is likely that at least one of these experiences involved a project. Projects support student engagement and provide opportunities for deeper learning. As teaching is being increasingly carried out online and in a hybrid mode, it is more important than ever that we scaffold and support project-based learning appropriately to facilitate powerful collaborative learning experiences for our students as they work on their projects online.

Isma Seetal from the DLI team and Vivek Venkiteswaran from the Business and Law pod recently organised a workshop to discuss how project-based learning and Microsoft Office 365 tools can be used to enhance students’ project work experience. In this article, we share some key takeaways from our workshop and launch some resources that we have created and curated to support you in using Microsoft Office 365 tools in teaching and learning.

Project-based learning

Project-based learning is an instructional approach that can help academic staff provide quality collaborative learning opportunities to students as they engage in group projects. It helps learners construct knowledge, develop real-world products and cultivate a range of skills such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills, which are in high demand in the workplace. Integrating project-based learning in a physical or virtual setting requires careful and intentional planning so students can engage in important project activities such as brainstorming, project planning, discussions and reflections seamlessly using Deakin-endorsed tools.

Tools for project-based learning

Microsoft Office 365 tools can be used to support project-based learning in an integrated and seamless way, so that students can focus on their project, rather than mastering a set of disconnected tools. Microsoft whiteboard can be used for brainstorming and reflection whereas Microsoft Planner (named as ‘Tasks by planner and to do’ in Teams) and Microsoft lists can help students organise, assign, and set deadlines for their tasks. These apps, available as part of Deakin’s enterprise-wide Microsoft Office 365 license can be added to Microsoft Teams sites to provide a robust collaborative environment for students to engage in project-based learning activities within one space.

Resources for Deakin staff

You can learn more about how Microsoft Office 365 tools can be used for projects and other learning activities through our resources, which are currently hosted on our Microsoft Whiteboard SharePoint page and Microsoft Planner page.

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