Centre for Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

About CASTL

The Centre for Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) was established in 2015 to enhance the scholarship of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning in on-campus, blended and online contexts at Avondale College of Higher Education. The Centre's activities are focused on the following four areas:
  1. Teaching, learning and curriculum design
  2. Teaching-research nexus
  3. Honours/HDR supervision support and development.
  4. Management of the centre

The Centre's reach extends to providing professional development activities and resources to academic staff for research into teaching and scholarship, and to support student learning in face-to-face, online and blended learning contexts.

CASTL's current priorities are:
  • National and international research partnerships
  • Virtual Mentoring Program (1st year students)
  • Growing our postgraduate supervision abilities
  • Online and blended teaching and learning

Governance

The Centre for Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) is governed by the CASTL Board, see Terms of Reference.

Professional Development

In addition to the on-campus events listed below, the following online tutorials are available:
  • Referencing using Endnote for students and staff
  • Advanced Research Skills: Locating and searching academic resources for students and staff
  • Referencing using Zotero for students and staff
  • Advanced Research Skills: Locating and searching academic resources for students and staff
  • Best practice: Supervising postgraduate students
  • Designing & Managing Moodle Units
  • Getting started: Supervising postgraduate students
  • Monitoring student learning
  • Referencing using Endnote for students and staff
  • Supporting, Engaging and Motivating Students
  • Using Moodle Gradebook

Contact

Email: To contact staff in the centre, please email us at: castl@avondale.edu.au. For more information about CASTL, please contact Assoc. Prof. Maria Northcote.

Phone: 02 4980 2354 or 02 4980 2355

Location: The CASTL is located downstairs in the Library at the Avondale College of Higher Education Lake Macquarie campus.