PLaCE encourages teaching staff to enhance their learning


Following an extensive consultation process involving faculties, departments and offices across the University, our Professional Learning and Capability Enhancement (PLaCE) framework has now been launched.

The framework situates student learning at the centre of our education practice, recognising the need for staff to enhance their own learning for this purpose.

“How we teach is changing as we speak,” says Professor Mariella Herberstein, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). “The PLaCE framework supports our teachers to develop and update the latest skills to deliver engaging learning to our students.

“It will provide institutional, educational capacity-building, especially aligning to key elements of the Operating Plan, where we focus on student engagement and student success. I encourage all staff delivering teaching to engage with the PLaCE framework.”

PLaCE is intended to be a ‘one stop shop’ for both academic and professional staff to integrate development of their teaching practice and evidence of their achievement, for the purpose of career progression and professional recognition. The framework will enable staff to self-assess their capabilities, identify areas for development and guide PDR discussions.

“PLaCE enables you to think about where you want to go next with your practice and guides you through a process of reflection and feedback,” explains Associate Professor Agnes Bosanquet, Director of Learning and Teaching Staff Development. “It’s also a reminder of the importance of teaching across the University and the recognition of good practice.

“There’s no doubt this comes at a difficult time across the higher education sector. I believe it’s now more important than ever to think about the quality of learning and teaching at Macquarie.”

“I’m very excited that the new PLaCE framework is now finalised and ready to be shared with the Macquarie community,” adds Professor Dominique Parrish, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching. “I’m sure it will prove a beneficial resource providing the guidance and information our staff need to plan and achieve their personal and professional goals.”

The PLaCE framework will be underpinned by a range of resources and training, which will be established over time. To stay up to date with these as they’re announced, subscribe to the Teche blog.

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