Podcasts in higher education

HigherEd Heroes podcast series

Dr Seb Kaempf and Dr Al Stark talk to some of the best UQ teachers to discuss ‘what works’ in their classrooms in a jargon-free, non-technical manner. Funded by a HASS grant, the conversations have relevance to other disciplines.

Beyond the Lectern podcast series

In this podcast series, Associate Professor Jason Lodge chats with guests about their experience in teaching and learning. Each episode is usually accompanied by a specific research article, which is cited in the episode description. The first nine episodes were funded by the University of Melbourne.

Teaching in Higher Ed podcast

Hosted by Bonni Stachowiak (Vanguard University of Southern California), this podcast focuses on topics such as excellence in teaching, instructional design, open education, diversity and inclusion, productivity, creativity in teaching, educational technology, and blended learning.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer a great learning opportunity, drawing on the expertise of many.

Why should you enrol in a MOOC?

  • flexible online professional learning experience that you can do in your own time
  • freedom to select topics that are relevant to your needs
  • usually free of charge (although fees may apply for a certificate).

You'll find below a selection of MOOCs offered by other institutions, focusing on teaching and learning (higher education) and aiming to enhance the skills and knowledge of participants.

Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching (HE)


This course has been developed by a team of colleagues from 18 Australian universities and one university in the United Kingdom. Aimed at offering support to the beginning teacher in their first few years, this course provides participants with key concepts and strategies to help improve their teaching experience and their students' learning experience.

There are 11 modules within this course along with three specialty modules, three additional resources and an optional assessment.

Highlights This course is available in Canvas and offers collaboration in a social construct learning environment.
Key benefits A great introductory course for those who are new to university teaching or looking at refreshing skills and knowledge.
Why this course Course content is presented in a refreshing format that is easy to navigate. Learner transcripts are available throughout the course. No enrolment fee.


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Learning to Teach Online


This course, developed within Coursera by the University of New South Wales, guides participants through a journey of understanding how online technologies can enhance course design. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of effective online teaching practices and their relationship to the use of different technologies. This is the perfect course for anyone who is considering taking part or all of their course into the online environment.

The course has eight modules in total however it is recommended that UQ tutors and academics focus on Module 1, 3, 6 and 7.

Highlights Social media interactions with a private Learning to Teach Online Facebook Group, which will continue after the course has finished and Twitter.
Key benefits Reasons for blended learning is addressed along with how to take a F2F course and move it into a blended/online environment.
Why this course Offers great tips and real-life examples of blended and online learning. No enrolment fee (or $72 for a certificate).


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Please let Tanya Henry know about your learning experience with MOOCs or podcasts, or if you are aware of any other external resources that should be on this page.