What is the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT) Program?
If you’re looking for a formal qualification in learning and teaching, then the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT) could be the perfect program for you. The GCULT develops your learning and teaching capabilities through a structured sequence of practical activities and provides recognition for your educational expertise.
Is this program right for me?
The program is designed to support the development of your practice as an educator at Griffith. Whether you are teaching, convening a course or responsible for a program, this program will be relevant to you. It is available to full-time staff; casual academic staff; staff in learning and teaching support roles, and staff wishing to enhance their learning and teaching practices.
The GCULT is practice-based, and it is therefore important that you have sufficient relevant workplace experience upon which to draw – typically this means 2-3 years’ experience of teaching or supporting learning before enrolling in the program.
Why would I choose this program?
Successful completion of this program will provide these four benefits:
Recognition of your commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching and continuous professional development through FHEA Fellowship – which is globally recognised and portable across universities, and increasingly considered by universities as part of the appointment and promotion process.
Development of Learning and Teaching Capabilities
Development of key Educator capabilities outlined in the Griffith Learning and Teaching Capabilities Framework. They are:
- Understanding the learning context
- Contributing to teams, networks and communities
- Developing processes and resources for learning
- Optimising technology for learning
- Facilitating and teaching for learning
- Managing assessment for learning
- Practising reflection, evaluation and scholarly inquiry.
Membership of Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy
Being a HEA Fellow at Griffith enables you to become a member of the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy (GLTA).
The program has been designed to build towards a scholarly inquiry in Course 4 which will provide you with the basis for a future journal article or conference presentation.
How much does the program cost?
The Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching is a fee paying Program. Griffith Staff (including part-time and casuals) who meet Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Residency conditions are eligible to have their tuition fee subsidised by the University.
What does the program involve?
The four 12-week courses are all designed to support the development of practical learning and teaching capabilities. You will be given the opportunity to engage with a wide range of activities, including critically reviewing relevant literature, applying ideas and strategies to your practice, reflecting on what you do and who you are as an educator, learning collaboratively with your peers, and contributing to a shared understanding of learning and teaching at Griffith.
What is the structure of the program?
The program consists of four core 10 credit point courses to be taken part-time over two years. All courses are taught online. The courses are:
What are the pathways into the program?
Staff can enrol in the GCULT program having gained credit for previous study. Credit can be gained for 7031LFC University Teaching for Learning by successfully completing the Teaching for Learning program. Credit can also be gained for 7032LFC Curriculum and Assessment Design for Learning by successfully completing the Curriculum Design for Learning program. We recommend that if staff are seeking credit into 50% of the GCULT program (the two courses offered in the first year) that they complete the Teaching for Learning program first.
What is the mode of delivery?
The program designers recognise your need for flexible delivery. Each course is taught online over a 12 week period in either Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 - this will enable you to fit your hours of study into your busy life. There will also be plenty of opportunities for online collaborative learning with your course peers.
Come along to an information session to find out more about this program
Handbook and program catalogue
Professor Ruth Bridgstock (PFHEA)
If you have any program or course content enquiries in relation to the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, please contact Professor Ruth Bridgstock (GCULT Program Coordinator).