The ACU Teaching Criteria and Standards Framework is a tool to guide you in your pursuit of excellence in learning and teaching.

The Framework can support you with:

  • A structure for career planning
  • Preparation for performance review
  • Preparation for applying for promotion
  • Meeting probation
  • Applying for awards and grants
  • Collecting evidence of quality teaching for a portfolio
  • Developing a reflective teaching practice
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Collecting evidence for a portfolio

Learning and teaching quality should be evidence-based. In building a teaching portfolio, academic staff should describe their work in relation to each of the seven teaching criteria and provide evidence in support of their claims.

The term ‘teaching’ is used to encompass the full range of teaching contexts, that is, undergraduate, postgraduate, clinical, laboratory, workshop, studio, field and work-based teaching.

The descriptions and indicative evidence outlined in the framework are neither prescriptive nor exhaustive. It must be emphasised that it is not expected that each and every item listed under each criteria must appear in the portfolio.

Furthermore, other examples that are not listed can be used to demonstrate performance and achievement. The suggested indicators of evidence provided are not exhaustive. Actual evidence used will depend on a number of factors including the staff member’s pathway.

For further information about ePortfolios see:

Building a case for promotion

In building a case for promotion, it is not necessary for an academic to be strong in every one of the seven criteria. Instead, the applicant should highlight the criteria and contributions in which they have particular strengths.

Making it work for you

The ACU Teaching Criteria and Standards Framework (ACUTCSF) assists academic staff in understanding what teaching excellence is and how to achieve such excellence by gaining overall experiences in various aspects in learning and teaching.

By looking at the examples within ACUTCSF and linking such examples in your everyday teaching, an academic can explore, develop, map and characterise their individual journey in learning and teaching whilst at ACU and beyond ACU.

Whilst at ACU, the ACUTCSF can support individuals with a structure and collecting evidence for teaching portfolio, career planning, performance review process, meeting probation requirements, promotions process, applying for awards and grants and developing a reflective teaching practice. Every academic’s professional and personal journey is unique.

Personally I have used the ACUTCSF to map my professional development and teaching portfolio for application for grants, teaching awards, performance review process, meeting probation requirements, promotion and to develop a personal reflective teaching practice.

Dr Isabelle Lys - Lecturer in Bioscience

Learning & teaching

Please contact the Learning and Teaching Centre for professional development, resources and advice for your learning and teaching needs at ACU.

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