Preparing to teach

The preparatory work done prior to the commencement of teaching is key to a successful learning experience for your students.

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It is important to familiarise yourself with policies and responsibilities.

Before you start teaching, it is important to familiarise yourself with the program and course guides to ensure your learning content and assessment aligns with the prescribed requirements.

Relevant policies and procedures have been identified for you to understand your rights and responsibilities, as well as those of your students.

You may also wish to take some time to explore opportunities for further professional development.

Contact your program or course coordinator for further information and assistance.

Know your program and course guides

Read the program guide to understand the context of your course, including where it sits in the program structure and how it contributes to the graduate capabilities of the program.

The course guide outlines the course learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment tasks. Use these to guide your teaching and your students’ learning.

  • Learning outcomes state what students will be able to do by the end of the course.
  • Learning activities develop the skills and knowledge needed to achieve the learning outcomes.
  • Assessment tasks test whether students have acquired the knowledge and skills stated in the learning outcomes.

Teachers in Vocational Education should also ensure the course meets the requirements of the associated unit(s) of competency for your course, as outlined in the training package. All relevant training packages can be accessed on the National Register on Vocational Education and Training. Teachers should also familiarise themselves with the relevant program Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS) which can be accessed through your program manager or coordinator.

Be aware of relevant policies and procedures

It is advisable to be aware of the RMIT policies and procedures relating to teaching and assessment, such as those listed below.

Understand your academic integrity responsibilities

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others while having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas.

It is important that you review the academic integrity and plagiarism procedure to understand your responsibilities to uphold academic integrity, including providing your students with resources that communicate the importance and value of academic integrity.

Explore professional development opportunities

RMIT offers a range of professional development opportunities through DevelopMe, including workshops to improve your teaching practice. If you are interested in any development opportunities, discuss it first with your program or course coordinator.

You can also explore the various communities of practice and professional associations that explore and promote the development of learning and teaching.