Mandatory UQ workplace training for all staff

All new staff are required to complete the following online training/inductions via the Workday Learning app, and experienced tutors must refresh this training as outlined:

  • UQ Health, Safety and Wellness Induction (approximately 60 minutes, every 5 years)
  • Annual Fire Safety Awareness Training (approximately 30 minutes, must refresh training annually)
  • Code of Conduct Training (approximately 45 minutes, every 2 years)
  • Privacy at UQ Training (approximately 60 minutes, once only)
  • Staff Cyber Security Awareness - Essentials (approximately 30 minutes, every 3 years)
  • Conflict of Interest Awareness (approximately 15 minutes, once only)
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: What are the drivers and how can staff respond? (approximately 60 minutes, once only - tutors employed prior to S2 2022 will have completed UQ Respect as part of EAIT Tutor Training instead of this Workday module, which is considered equivalent)

The Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault training module contains content which may be triggering and distressing for some staff members. This can be for many reasons, especially for survivors. We appreciate that not everyone will feel comfortable participating in this training. Staff have the option to request to not complete the training by emailing let@eait.uq.edu.au. You will not be required to provide a reason should you choose to not complete the training. If this information has been distressing or you require support or advice, please refer to the UQ Respect website for information or contact the Sexual Misconduct Support Unit on 3443 1000 or 1800 Respect.

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Training for new tutors/demonstrators

EAIT provides Tutor Training workshops each semester on the Friday of Orientation week. Attendance is compulsory for all first-time casual tutors/demonstrators. A number of online modules also need to be completed before the workshop. Workshop times vary depending on the number of tutors to be trained, these details will be made available to all new tutors in advance of the training session.

A second (optional) session will be run by your school during the semester (usually week 4). The session will provide opportunities for a debrief on your experiences, address any further questions that may have arisen and assist in developing strategies for continuing to improve in your role as a demonstrator.

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Course-specific training/inductions

Casual demonstrators should meet with their course coordinator to discuss teaching material and procedures prior to commencement of classes.

Each course will have either a group meeting or training session to outline demonstrator responsibilities. While this structure will differ for each course, you need to ensure that you are aware of the hours you are entitled to claim and the marking expectations (e.g. how to mark that piece of assessment, how long to spend marking each assignment or quiz, etc.).

Some course coordinators will require completion of additional OHS online training modules relevant to specific teaching activities (e.g. laboratory work). It is your responsibility to ask if your work requires further local training. Please refer to the UQ Training Needs Analysis (TNA) summary table with your course coordinator to determine which (if any) of the additional OHS modules you will need to complete (e.g. Laboratory Safety).

You will also need to undertake an online Building Induction for each UQ building you will work in - these can be accessed through EAIT Safe.

Access to laboratories will not be granted until all inductions are completed.

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Occupational health and safety in teaching laboratories

UQ has published guidelines that apply to all laboratory practical classes at UQ. These guidelines apply to all undergraduate students (the University considers students “in training” and accordingly, has several expectations for staff and students). These should be read by course coordinators, teaching staff (including demonstrators), technical staff and undergraduate students prior to participation in the practical.

Students need to sign a form indicating they understand their responsibilities before they commence work in the lab. The form can be found on the final page of the UQ published guidelines. The completed forms should be collected by the leader of the first practical session and brought to the School Office.

Course coordinators will discuss this in the first meeting for your course.

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More training resources

UQ has a number of useful resources for tutors, which can be accessed on the website of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI).

Demonstrators and sessional academic staff play a vital role in teaching and learning.

  • Tutor database: The EAIT electronic system used to appoint demonstrators.
  • UQ Tutors: This site gathers together important administrative, and teaching and learning information for demonstrators.
  • Rules and Policies
    • myUQ: Gathers into one place a wide range of essential information for students including material on enrolment, assessment, financial matters, services, policies, and students' rights and responsibilities.
    • Program-specific rules: please note that program-specific rules can be found on the UQ programs and courses website.
    • UQ Policy and Procedures Library (PPL): The central UQ repository for approved policies, procedures, guidelines and forms.
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eLearning @ UQ

  • eLearning@UQ is UQ's online learning portal with access to online courses and web, mobile and personal computer-based tools. The site features a list of Blackboard tutorials, "how to's" and Quick Questions (and answers).
  • The Staff Development Program at UQ and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation offer a broad range of activities and programs to get started in teaching and learning. Please see the Teaching and Learning topic in the Learning app in Workday for details of courses coming up.
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Student Evaluation of Tutor (SETutor)

The Student Evaluation of Tutor (SETutor) questionnaire supplements the Student Evaluation of Course and Teacher (SECaT) to evaluate student experience of casual teaching. The SETutor can be used by you to reflect upon the effectiveness of your teaching. This feedback can be used to maintain standards and improve performance. More information about SETutor can be found at https://itali.uq.edu.au/advancing-teaching/evaluation-teaching/student-evaluation-tutor-setutor.

Please check with your supervisor whether you are required to order a SETutor form (Demonstrators employed by the School of Chemical Engineering and School of ITEE are required to undertake a SETutor for each course).

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