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Deakin Teaching Capability Framework


Those who enable student experiences at Deakin provide resources, structures and services which support student learning on campus, at work, and in communities. These list are not exhaustive and not all staff will engage in all activities. 


Typical activities undertaken by those who enable teaching and learning 

A1 : Learning design

  • Design and develop learning materials and activities that are engaging, inclusive and accessible in collaboration with teaching teams
  • Develop professional learning activities and innovations to support teaching teams to enhance learning design

A2 : Teach and support learning

  • Collaborate effectively with teaching teams to support student-centred, active and inclusive teaching practice in a range of contexts
  • Evaluate and implement educational technologies and innovations for teaching and learning in collaboration with teaching teams
  • Develop professional learning activities and support for teaching teams to enhance their practice

A3 : Assess and give feedback

  • Design and develop authentic, accessible and inclusive assessment tasks and rubrics utilising a variety of assessment types which support learners to develop evaluative judgement and encourage academic integrity
  • Evaluate and implement educational technologies and innovations for assessment and feedback in collaboration with teaching teams
  • Develop professional learning activities and support for teaching teams to enhance their assessment and feedback practice

A4a : Learning environments

  • Design and develop accessible and inclusive learning experiences and resources and adapt materials for diverse learners where necessary
  • Enable learning environments that promote collaborative learning opportunities among learners, teachers and communities
  • Evaluate and implement educational technologies and innovations to support the development of effective learning environments
  • Develop professional learning activities and support for teaching teams to develop their understanding of effective learning environments

A4b : Student support and guidance

  • Design and develop learning activities that scaffold learning to build towards achievement of graduate learning outcomes
  • Design and develop learning resources that incorporate academic and other student support

A5 : PD, research and scholarship

  • Engage with and contribute to research in learning and teaching to inform practice
  • Evaluate practice and innovations through evidence and evaluation frameworks
  • Contribute to professional bodies and communities of practice in teaching and learning
  • Engage in relevant capability professional learning activities


What enablers should know about teaching and learning 

K1 : Discipline knowledge

  • Relevant and current learning design standards and frameworks
  • Ability to translate discipline specific activities for a general audience

K2 : Knowledge of effective teaching practice

  • Current teaching practices in the discipline
  • Alternative designs and learning materials to deliver on the same outcomes to facilitate a diverse range of students to learn equitably

K3 : Knowledge of how students learn

  • Ways to design and develop support materials for learners across a course
  • The implications of learners’ discipline backgrounds on the unit or course design

K4 : Knowledge of effective use of learning technologies

  • Minimum standards and best practice in design and development of digital resources
  • Application of accessibility standards for creating premium digital resources
  • Ways to implement innovative, accessible and inclusive educational technologies

K5 : Knowledge of how to evaluate your teaching

  • Ways to evaluate practice and the impact on student learning and experience
  • Ways to use evidence to implement changes to practice

K6 : Quality assurance and enhancement

  • Deakin and Faculty Teaching and Learning Policies and procedures
  • Ways to review and monitor student feedback of practice
  • The practice and importance of evidence-based teaching practice for teaching teams


Activities undertaken by those that enable learning and teaching that demonstrate these values

V1 : Respect diverse learners

  • Design inclusive and accessible learning environments, activities, resources and assessments
  • Demonstrate and promote indigenous and other cultural competence and awareness in teaching and in student interactions

V2 : Promote participation and equality

  • Design a variety and choice of learning activities, resources and assessments to support the success of all learners

V3 : Use evidence-informed approaches

  • Engage in reflective practice for teaching
  • Contribute to scholarship of learning and teaching through sharing of practice, developing evidence-based approaches, research into dissemination and/or application of research
  • Seek opportunities for relevant professional learning activities

V4 : Acknowledge the wider context

  • Implement university, faculty and discipline priorities into practice
  • Be aware of trends and issues within the wider HE context around curriculum within higher education
  • Be aware of the changing nature of student demographics and implications for practice

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