The overall intention of the program is to nurture the next generation of excellent teachers and provide high quality support for academics.

The program runs from March to August and includes three workshops, five online modules and the opportunity for mentoring.

The time commitment for tutors undertaking the various activities averages two hours/week over 6 months. The program also includes several meetings for tutors and lecturer advisors, with support for reflection, mentoring and planning.

The program will develop understanding and skills regarding:

  • Lesson planning
  • Motivating and engaging with students
  • Managing group dynamics
  • Giving and receiving feedback, including peer observation
  • Assessment, marking, moderation and evaluation
  • Face-to-face teaching and active teaching strategies
  • E-learning and technological aids
  • Case-based and problem-based learning
  • UQ policies regarding teaching & learning

Benefits for lecturers

  • Provision of high quality, high impact teaching relief for teaching and research academics
  • Support with the increasing student cohort size
  • Response to the need for succession planning and the “future community of the discipline”
  • Extra resources to help with integration of knowledge and use of new technologies.

Benefits for tutors

  • Development of knowledge and skills to advance in their future teaching careers
  • Award of a Graduate Teaching Assistant Certificate and updating of My Aurion profile
  • Dissemination of names and contact details to all School TLCs and relevant Course Coordinators to encourage GTA employment at a higher level 

More information

Further details on the 2017 iteration of the Graduate Teaching Assistants program can be found at