Preparing to Teach

Have you been assigned to convene a unit for the upcoming session?

There are three elements in the process of readying a unit before the session starts. The Unit guide, the iLearn Unit and Unit Readings.

Faculty of Arts guidelines

Along with policies and procedures  provided by the University, the Faculty of Arts provides guidelines on the delivery of Arts' units within the University's learning management systems. 

Faculty of Arts unit setup guidelines (pdf)

Faculty Support guideline

  • Unit convenors are responsible for implementing Tier 0/1 (low-level) technical set-up relating to GradeBook/GradeMark, Groups and Groupings, and Turnitin Assignments.
  • OneHelp/iLearn ticket requests can be submitted for Tier 2/3 (complex) learning design and technical set-up by Arts LT Team.

Unit preparation timeline

The Unit preparation timeline flowchart provides a comprehensive timeline of when to prepare your unit and provides links to relevant guides and contacts.

Unit Preparation Timeline flowchart

Unit Guide

Your unit guide should be created using iTeach. Follow this checklist to make sure you have included all of the relevant items in your unit guide.

Creating your unit guide (pdf) (requires login)
 (this might need updating after the new CMS)

Moderation Report

The moderation report is to be completed by the unit convenor each session for all Faculty of Arts units. Please login to the Moderation Report and complete the relevant sections as and when the actions in preparing and delivering your unit is completed. 

Convenor guide for the Online Unit Moderation Report (pdf)

iLearn Unit

This is a checklist of the minimum requirements needed for creating an iLearn unit

Design and Policy Checklist (pdf) (requires login)

Unit Readings

The library's process in organising your sessions’ readings. For further information, contact the Library.

Unit Readings Process (pdf)

Week 1 Tutorial 

The aim of the Week 1 Tutorial Resource (pdf) is to help students make the transition from enrolment to your unit so that they can start their journey of learning from week 1. After the first tutorial, students should have an awareness of what they will be learning, how they will participate in lectures, tutorials and online, and begin to participate in a learning community. 


Visit this page to learn how to set up the Gradebook correctly.

Integrating Open University Australia (OUA) students

If you are offering your unit as an OUA unit you can integrate the OUA cohort in to your on campus unit. Follow these guidelines to setup this integration correctly.

Improving Teaching Practice Resources

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