This website is a condensed summary of the ALTC-funded PATHE project which scoped different and best practice approaches for induction of academic staff commencing teaching practice in Australian higher education.
The project objectives were to:
- develop a framework that will promote sector-wide sharing of a set of understandings about the nature and role of induction programs within university learning and teaching contexts.
- generate evidence-based information from which to underpin and inform such a framework, in a way that recognises and takes account of disciplinary differences of language, expectations, learning environments, learning requirements and pedagogy.
- produce a credible, evidence-based resource suite of successful practices, models and resources for foundations programs, that can be disseminated sector wide.
- identify areas in which further development is needed to support, change and enhance existing practices within foundations programs.
- strengthen and contribute to the ongoing scholarship of higher education teaching and learning development, through the implementation of objectives 1-4 above.
This was undertaken with a view to there being a common, collaboratively developed, cross-institutional understanding of core learning and teaching principles amongst academics. The project involved:
- A mapping of induction offered in Australian higher education institutions
- A literature review identifying and analysing best practice in preparing academic staff to teach
- Development of groups addressing benchmarking, impact, potential models, professional development and resources for the project.