Foundations of University Learning and Teaching Program (FULT)

The purpose of FULT is to introduce participants into UNSW practices and philosophies of learning and teaching to enable them to contribute to networks and collaborations, and to advance educational excellence across the organisation and to develop their ability as reflective practitioners. Participants of the FULT program will develop foundational knowledge and skills for professional practice and/or further learning and/or research in higher education learning and teaching.

The FULT program is offered to UNSW teaching staff who wish to develop their practice by exploring a range of perspectives, ideas, theories, and practical approaches to learning and teaching in the higher education context. FULT is offered in a blended learning mode. The 2018 FULT format aligns with the UNSW 2025 aspirations, Scientia Educational Experience Dimensions and Strategic directions, including enhanced technology use in learning and teaching.

The FULT program outline for Semester 1, 2018 is available here.

FULT is part of a series of programs on university learning and teaching as described in Image 1, below. Successful completion of the FULT program, is one of the requirements to gain entry into the University’s Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT). Visit the link here for further information.



Image 1. Programs for learning and teaching at UNSW



Dates for 2018

Participants who attend the face-to-face (F2F) activities are required to complete the online resources and activities prior to the F2F session. They are also expected to complete the follow-up online tasks as part of the program. In order to gain a Certificate of Completion, participants must complete all four modules and complete the four compulsory assessment tasks. Attendance at all the F2F sessions is highly recommended.

The FULT modules are:

  • Student Learning and Teaching
  • Educational Design
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Reflection and Evaluation of Teaching Practice

Time allocation expected for successful completion of FULT is 10 hours per module (2 hours face-to-face, 4 hours for assessment tasks, 4 hours for online material) totalling 40 hours for the program.

Face to face sessions will be held once in the morning from 10 - 12pm with a repeat session from 2 - 4pm.

Please note: You will be required to select either the morning or the afternoon for each of the F2F sessions when you register for FULT.

Kensington FULT Dates 2018      

Semester 1: FULT 1801

In Semester 1 2018, the F2F sessions will take place on Wednesdays, at either 10.00 am - 12.00 pm or 2.00 - 4.00 pm

  • Student Learning and Teaching
    • 5 - 23 February
    • F2F session: Wednesday, 14 February, 10am - 12pm or 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Educational Design
    • 26 February - 16 March
    • F2F session Wednesday, 7 March, 10am - 12pm or 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Assessment and Feedback
    • 19 - 30 March 
    • F2F session Wednesday,  21 March, 10am - 12pm or 2:00 - 4:00pm.
  • Reflection and Evaluation of Teaching Practice
    • 2 - 13 April
    • F2F session, Wednesday, 11 April, 10am - 12pm or 2:00 - 4:00pm

Semester 2: FULT 1802

In Semester 2 2018, the F2F sessions will take place on Tuesdays,  at either 10.00 am - 12.00pm or 2.00 - 4.00pm

  • Student Learning and Teaching
    • 23 July - 6 August
    • F2F session: Tuesday, 24  July, 10am - 12pm or 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Educational Design
    • 6 August - 27 August
    • F2F session Tuesday, 14 August, 10am - 12pm or 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Assessment and Feedback
    • 27 August - 10 September
    • F2F session  Tuesday,  28 August, 10am - 12pm or 2:00 - 4:00pm.
  • Reflection and Evaluation of Teaching Practice
    • 10 September - 24 September
    • F2F session,  Tuesday, 18 September, 10am - 12pm or 2:00 - 4:00pm

NOTE: Sessions will be held in The Tyree RoomJohn Niland Scientia Building (G19), Kensington campus.

Canberra FULT Dates and Venue 2018

Semester 1: FULT 1801

In Canberra, the face-to-face sessions in Semester 1 will run from 10:00 to 12:00 on:

  • Wednesday, 14 February: 30-LT04
  • Wednesday, 28 February: 30-LT04
  • Wednesday, 14 March: 32-SR05
  • Wednesday, 28 March: 32-SR05
  • Wednesday, 11 April: 32-SR05


Registration for FULT Semester 1 2018 is now closed.  You can express interest in enrolling in FULT 1802 (Semester 2) by emailing .  We will email you when enrolment opens closer to the time.


Program learning outcomes

The FULT program is designed to help you to increase your understanding and develop skills and confidence in your learning and teaching practice, drawing from your own reflections, experience of your peers and educational literature.  A program outline is available here.  After completing this program you should be able to:

1. Identify, discuss and critically reflect on student learning in face-to-face, blended and online teaching contexts in higher education, drawing on pedagogical literature.

2. Recognise, interpret and critically analyse complex problems and educational design challenges related to learning and teaching to generate and implement effective solutions.

3. Analyse and evaluate learning and teaching practices using evidence from a range of sources to enhance practice.

4. Apply knowledge, skills and reflective practice to develop professional judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a scholarly practitioner in higher education 



Teaching strategies and approach to learning

The FULT program is underpinned by the beliefs that learning is most effective when learners are

  • Actively engaged: you will have an opportunity to engage in an active process of making sense of new ideas or experiences. This will involve action (trying out of new ideas) and reflection (based on feedback).

  • Draw on own practice and prior knowledge in authentic environments: you will have an opportunity to reflect on your own practice, work with authentic scenarios and own examples emerging from your practice, and the practice of your colleagues.

  • Build connections: you will have opportunities to build connections with peers and with teachers.

  • Understand the expectations: the various options and paths through the program will be made explicit to you. Program facilitators will be available to provide guidance.

  • Are challenged and supported: the program will model a climate of enquiry where you will feel challenged, while being supported to take sensible risks in your teaching.

  • Learner diversity is respected and catered for: the program will model inclusive learning environment where learners feel valued and respected.

The learning activities in the program include:

  • individual learning activities (reflecting, reading, critiquing program materials, completing individual tasks and assessments);

  • group learning activities, which will model a range of teaching strategies in both face-to-face and online contexts.

Program requirements

Entry requirements

To enrol in the program, you must be employed by the University and be teaching, or supporting design and development, within a formal university course and/or workshops and/or seminars for students or staff. The FULT program focuses on continued teaching development and is not an induction program. The program builds on the participants' prior teaching experience; therefore, we recommend that participants have taught at a university for at least one semester before attending FULT.  If you are new to teaching, please register your interest in the Beginning to Teach Program.

Completion requirements

The program has a combination of online and in-class activities. Both are essential for successfully completing the program.

Remember that the time allocation expected for successful completion of FULT is 10 hours per module (2 hours face-to-face, 4 hours for assessment tasks, 4 hours for online material) totalling 40 hours for the program.

FULT comprises four modules. You are required to complete all four modules and complete the assessment tasks associated with each module. Upon satisfactory submission you will receive a FULT Certificate of Completion.


The FULT certificate can be included in your teaching portfolio, and in applications for promotion and other forms of recognition. This program articulates with the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, which is an accredited university program. Those wishing to leverage their participation in FULT as a means of gaining admission to the University’s Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT) will need to satisfactorily complete an additional 80-90 hours of reading and assessment work.

Who needs to complete FULT and exemptions?

The FULT program is a requirement for all new continuing and fixed term (longer than 12 month contract) academic staff with significant teaching duties at all levels (A-E).  The FULT program requirements should be completed within the first 12 months of commencing work at the University.

For academics who have significant teaching experience and formal teaching qualifications, an exemption may be granted on the grounds of one or more of the following:

  • successful completion of a tertiary education-focused award qualification (AQF 7 or above) at UNSW or another university
  • successful completion of a higher education teaching preparation course equivalent to UNSW's Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT) program
  • demonstrated evidence of sustained high quality university teaching and evidence of proficiency

Evidence of proficiency in university teaching includes:

  • teaching awards, citations and grants (UNSW, OLT or equivalent)
  • demonstrated contribution to the improvement of learning and teaching (e.g. invited presentations, published physical/digital teaching materials, textbooks, e-games)
  • recognised leadership in teaching with evidence of influencing and supporting peers to innovate or change their educational practice and/or policy at course/program/school/faculty/UNSW/external level (e.g. Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee, leadership/invited role in academic development activities and workshops, peer mentoring, pivotal role implementing improvements to learning and teaching in relation to Assurance of Learning or other strategic initiatives, leardership role in collaborative course/program design 
  • a portfolio of evidence equivalent to that assembled to develop a teaching case for promotion (this will include CATEI or MyExperience data but student satisfaction measures along are insufficient.)  Refer to the UNSW Academic Promotions Toolkit for guidance

Please attach evidence of recognition (e.g. award, hard/soft copies or link to publications/teaching materials; presentations/invitations, peer reviews/testimonials/citations; evidence of impact on peers' teaching practice/policy and student learning; documentation of the teaching case for promotion

If you meet these criteria please seek exemption from  the PVC (Education) Geoffrey Crisp via

Benefits and Testimonials

Benefits for you

The FULT program aims to help you to develop an understanding of, and skills and confidence in, your teaching practice.  
Frequently reported benefits by previous participants include:
  • the opportunity to get feedback on your teaching from colleagues and workshop facilitators in a supportive environment,
  • cross-disciplinary sharing of ideas and strategies with colleagues involved in learning and teaching,
  • interaction with and support of learning partners and colleagues


If you have an enquiry about the program please contact us.