Events and Opportunities
The GEM Scott Teaching Fellowships program has been established to recognise, reward and further develop the exceptional academic teaching staff of the UoM.News
From Wednesday 1 January 2020, the University will not reimburse any staff member the cost of obtaining a Working with Children Check (WWCC).News
We are keen to hear about the experiences of ABP sessional teaching staffNews
Recent article on global edtech conferences and education published in the Campus Morning Mail.News
Project Evolve jointly with Learning Environments is hosting a series of canvas Workshops to provide training ahead of subject migration consultations in preparation for the 2020 rollout of Canvas and Kaltura.News
Action needed! Thank you to everyone who has filled in our blended learning survey. Some really interesting strategies as well as some deep thought provoking questions.News
The Student Life White Paper describes the ambition for a new Melbourne student experience, and makes a series of commitments to deepen the relationship between the University and its students.News
Congratulations to Wendy Walls and Dr Jillian Walliss for their successful application to the Round 2 of the Learning and Teaching Initiatives.News
Learning Environments has been providing Canvas and Kaltura workshops for nominated staff involved in the Semester 2, 2019 Canvas pilot. These workshops are now open to all teaching staff.News
Learning Environments have recently launched a winter series of five evenings focused on video storytelling. Researcher, teacher, professional, or passionate storyteller alike, everyone is welcome to come along and get inspired.News
A better Future: A Celebration of 50 years of Urban Planning at Melbourne University launched on Friday 26 July with great success. Featuring artifacts, planning schemes, maps, and student work from the ABP library's extensive urban planning collections, the exhibition showcases a fifty year overview of the developing city of Melbourne and the associated educational and departmental context.News
The Faculty has created an online Application for Extension for students enrolled in ABP subjects to use when requesting short extensions of up to 10 working days.The Application for Extension form can be accessed here: https://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/resources/list-of-forms/application-for-extension. You may wish to publish an announcement on your subject’s LMS page informing students of this.We have created this online form as we have received feedback from a number of subject coordinators stating that the number of requests for extensions has increased and is taking up a significant amount of their time. BenefitsThis web form would allow us to track how many requests are being submitted for each subjectThe Student Programs Team would be able to run weekly reports and send them to subject coordinators as an Excel spreadsheet showing all of the applications for extensions that have been submitted for their respective subjectsDuring quiet periods of semester, the Student Programs Team would be able to audit a percentage of the supporting documentation for authenticity as the number of altered/forged documents submitted by students appears to be on the riseThe webform provides students with information about eligibility, processing times and information on when they must apply for Special ConsiderationStudents would no longer have to print out a paper form, sign it, scan it and email it back to their subject coordinator/senior tutorProcessAll ABP subject coordinators would put an announcement on their subject’s LMS advising students that any applications for extensions of up to 10 working days should be made via the following link: https://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/resources/list-of-forms/application-for-extensionWhen students submit an online application for extension, it would be forwarded directly to the subject coordinator of the subject via email with any supporting documentation attached.The academic staff member would assess the application and advise the student of the outcome via email within 3 working days.Students granted an extension must attach the advice of the extension to their assignment when submitting via LMS or to the subject coordinator/tutor/studio leader.A copy of the application and supporting documentation would be kept on file in the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox for auditing purposes.According to University policy, academic staff may grant extensions for submission of assessment of up to 10 working days, in certain eligible circumstances. Please note that requests for extensions cannot be granted for the following ineligible circumstances:computer failureassessment tasks in other subjects dueemployment responsibilities and routine financial support needsstress or ‘normal’ anxiety, study difficultiesdifficulties adjusting to university lifelanguage difficultiesminor inconvenienceregularnormal life events, such as:family life,work,sporting activities,social and other commitments,minor interruptions and disruption to routine that might result from minor illness, mishap or other minor adversity.News
Congratulations to our students who recently took out third place at the 12th Innovation Competition in Construction Engineering and Management (ICCEM), hosted by Tsinghua University.News
In preparation for Semester 2, 2019, Learning Environments has put together a few useful links and resources. Click here for more information.News
Find here the July updates on Canvas and Project EvolveNews
Melbourne InnovatEd is an incubation program for educational technology (ed tech) innovations at the University of Melbourne.News
Learning Environments and the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education offer Designing for Learning with Technology workshopsNews
A team of ABP Students, led by Dr Sofia Colabella, was awarded the bronze medal at the 2019 Tongji International Construction Festival and 2019 "Fengyuzhu" Plastic Polypropylene Sheet Competition. Congratulations!News
This workshop series is designed for those teaching and academic specialists who are interested in researching their own curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) practices.News
MSD students exhibited in Chateau of Chambord 500 year celebration exhibition in France.News
On Wednesday 26 June, Michael Mack was presented with the Student Choice Award for Sessional Teachers 2018. Congratulations Michael!News
Melbourne CSHE recently hosted a higher education policy discussion The Purpose of Higher Education and How Its Funding Can Be Sustainable.News
A 40-minute online mental health training program has been developed by Counsellors from Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for staff who need to know the essentials in supporting students experiencing mental health problems on campus.News
We are keen to hear about the experiences of ABP sessional teaching staffNews
Find out more about the why, when and how of our move to a new Learning Management System (LMS).News
The pilot BEL+T Sessional Session took place on Wednesday April 10. The focus was on Teaching for Inclusive Learning and it was terrific to share a focus and ideas with staff who are teaching, and supporting teaching and students, as well as student representatives.News
It is great to celebrate colleagues’ success, and two ABP projects funded through the 2019 Learning and Teaching Initiative grants (Round 1). These projects were both successful in the FlexAP-focussed Intensive, Summer and Winter stream.Dr Siqing Chen has received a grant to redevelop ABPL90319 GIS in Planning, Design and Development;Prof Michele Acuto, Dr Ihnji Jon and Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano have received a grant to develop a new subject focussing on City Leadership and international urban planning approaches, and aligned to the Connected Cities Lab.News
A team of Masters students from the Melbourne School of Design have won the 2019 CoreNet Global Academic Challenge 4.0 in Hong Kong.News
The Semester 1 Subject Experience Survey (SES) runs from Monday 20 May to Sunday 9 June.News
Where can I find the At Risk Early Alert Form?
The AT RISK EARLY ALERT FORM is a mechanism used by the faculty to identify and contact ABP and MSD students who may be experiencing difficulties in their subjects.
You can find more information and a link to the form through the following link:
Where can I find the Extension Application Form?
EXTENSIONS of up to ten days may be offered to students if circumstances outside of their control have affected a student’s ability to complete an assessment task on time. ABP teaching staff may direct students to the Application for Extensions guidelines. The guidelines outline the conditions for eligibility. The form must be completed by the students. Students requiring extensions longer than 10 working days must apply for Special Consideration through the Student Information System.
I am worried that some of my students are going through personal issues. What can I do?
"As a staff member, you may observe signs that indicate a student is experiencing distress, or at risk of deteriorating mental health, and be able to provide a timely response. Assisting students to access mental health support early can be critical in preventing problems from becoming more serious or prolonged, and potentially reduce adverse impacts of mental health issues on a person’s academic/work functioning, relationships, and quality of life. Early intervention is also associated with better recovery outcomes." Counselling and Psychological Services, The University of Melbourne.
The University offers a wide range of services for immediate help, as well as resources, such as mental health training that are available to staff.
Find more information via the following links:
I am a sessional staff member and I need information. Where can I start?
Support for sessional staff members is available through the Faculty. You can find some useful links and contacts below:
The links on this BEL+T Sessional Setup page offer help to a sessional tutor setting up at the beginning of the role, or the beginning of a new semester. Contents are focused on practical issues, like getting access to facilities and getting paid.
ABP Great Teaching offers resources for teaching approaches and skills, and links for new (and experienced) educators to learn more.
The University Staff Hub includes news items from across the University to stay up to date, as well as access to systems and policies, as well as support.
For building access and reporting issues inside the building, contact ABP Facilities.
For inquiring about student special considerations and student academic adjustment, contact ABP Special Considerations. Please note that some of these inquiries need to go to the subject coordinators.
For inquiries about student progress and to report any issues with students, contact Envs Progress. Please note that some of these inquiries need to go to the subject coordinators.
For inquiries to human resources, contact ABP HR.
For information about field trips and off campus activities, contact ABP Field Trips
How can I improve my teaching?
Effective teaching starts with understanding student learning. The University provides numerous resources to support teaching staff improve their teaching.
Find them via BEL+T > Great teaching at ABP > Developing Your Teaching
Learning Environments support staff to design and enhance the student learning and assessment experience through expert advice and professional development, latest educational technologies, and high quality video and media production.
Some of my students are really struggling with understanding me and communicating with me and others in class. What can I do?
Students studying at the University of Melbourne come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and some may encounter difficulties communicating. There are strategies that as a teaching staff member you can use to help these students, as well as resources available to students.
My students are being disruptive and disrespectful in class. What can I do?
There will be times when you may have to deal with difficult students in class. You can find information about how to respond to inappropriate behaviour in class through these links.
Where can i find information about the BEL+T Sessions
BEL+T sessions investigate key learning and teaching issues with ABP staff. They connect staff around these challenges, exploring new approaches, and investigate what is happening in built environments learning and teaching.
You can find information about the sessions here.
Great Teaching at ABP
Our students come to the University of Melbourne to learn skills and knowledge that they will contribute to built environments all over the world. Great learning experiences are the start of their engagement with these possibilities and great teaching supports that development.
This page offers resources for teaching approaches and skills, and links for new (and experienced) educators to learn more.
The sections below align with the ABP Teaching Award descriptors, which are in turn aligned to the University of Melbourne Awards, and the Australian Awards for University Teaching. They offer us a shared language, access to national discussions of great teaching, and clear challenges as we strengthen these aspects of all our teaching practices. Related quotes from students' for the ABP Student Choice Teaching Award ... perspectives of learners are often the clearest descriptions of all.
Approaches to learning and teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn are a key aspect of great teaching, and encourage students to lead their own learning.
Organised Learning Experiences
Delivering great teaching in a large and diverse Faculty, and within a complex institution like The University of Melbourne, calls for clear organisation and great communication and planning.
Curricula and resources developed for student learning will relate to the specifics of a subject and discipline but can also draw on wider good practice to reflect a command of the field.
Approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning.
Respect and support for the development of students as individuals.
The University of Melbourne offers a great variety of resources and supports to all staff who are involved in teaching and teaching-related activities.
ABP Teaching Toolbox
Administering a Subject
This section is intended for subject coordinators and senior tutors who are responsible for successfully organising and delivering a subject.
The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is building a microstudio that will have video recording, podcast recording and screencasting capabilities.
Studio Teaching within the Faculty
Studios are a core component of learning and teaching within the Faculty, across various disciplines.
BEL+T sessions investigate key learning and teaching issues with ABP staff. They offer opportunities to connect with others around these challenges, to explore new approaches, and to find out more about what is happening at the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning (ABP), and the Melbourne School of Design.
In 2020, the University is updating its learning management system (LMS) to Canvas. This section contains links about the 2020 migration and guides on the use of Canvas.
Welcome to the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne!
We’re passionate about educating the next generation of built environment professionals. As a sessional staff member, you will play a specific and very important role in this. We value your perspective and experience, and your contributions to the world-recognised education that inspires and enables our graduates to create and influence our world.
The links on this page offer help to a sessional tutor setting up at the beginning of the role, or the beginning of a new semester. This information and links to more resources focus on practical issues, like access to facilities and getting paid.
The ABP Great Teaching page offers information and links to other resources with a focus on the development, delivery and celebration of great teaching in the Built Environment disciplines, and in the Faculty of Architecture Building & Planning. This includes professional development resources offered to sessional tutors, and casual staff, to support the development of teaching practice.
Faculty Research on Built Environments Learning + Teaching
A core aspect of BEL+T’s mission is to encourage ongoing and potential research on learning and teaching within built environments disciplines. Over the years, the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning has maintained a consistent commitment to publishing scholarship on teaching and learning. Indeed, more than 40 of our current staff members can claim at least one BEL+T-related publication to their name. A review of these outputs revealed six specialist areas, as detailed below.
We look forward to supporting future activity in these important research areas. If you would like to collaborate on built environments learning and teaching scholarship, get in touch with us.
The Built Environments Learning + Teaching (BEL+T) group works with staff and students of the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning to improve teaching quality and student engagement. The skills and knowledge that graduates will bring to our future built environments are the focus of our collaborations within and beyond the Faculty. Our work is underpinned by research into best practice contemporary built environment pedagogy.
Contact the BEL+T group at
- Rm 202-206,
Melbourne School of Design / Glyn Davis Building,
Parkville, VIC 3010
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