Tutors@UQ is a University-wide program for new tutors and casual academic sessional staff, which focuses on introducing tutors to the teaching and learning environment at UQ.

The program is facilitated by faculty academic staff and ITaLI.

What do we mean by ‘tutor’?

We use the word ‘tutor’ broadly, as an inclusive term encompassing the diversity of learning environments in which UQ tutors might find themselves. Tutors lead classes, tutorials, workshops, labs, practical sessions, problem-based learning, drop-in sessions, study sessions and groups online.

Tutor refers to demonstrators, problem-based learning (PBL) leaders and clinical supervisors, as well as tutors of small and large group tutorials.


The Tutors@UQ program is designed for new tutors from any discipline. The sessions are facilitated at the faculty level, allowing for discipline-specific examples and contextualisation as appropriate.

The program is structured around three face-to-face sessions for a total of five hours of contact time.

  • Session 1: two hours prior to start of semester, covering:
    • expectations for tutor professionalism at UQ 
    • ways in which we learn 
    • tutoring for learning 
    • planning for learning.
  • Session 2: two hours prior to start of semester, covering:
    • managing tutorials for learning
    • student learning and role of assessment, feedback and moderation in this process
    • tutor evaluation
    • tutor support, resources and reflection.
  • Session 3: one hour follow-up session during semester (by Week 5 is strongly recommended). Examples of topics covered include:
    • What happened in my tutorials? 
    • How can I continue to improve my tutoring? 
    • Where to from here? 

The sessions utilise the principles of active learning, allowing new tutors the opportunity to engage in small group activities while also watching the facilitator model effective small group learning strategies.

Join Tutors@UQ

Interested in participating in the next program? Contact your Faculty Academic Administration for more information.

  Online course for tutors

Teaching Online for Tutors is a new course that compliments the Tutors@UQ program. This self-paced course runs for 3.5 hours and can be completed anytime online.