UNSW's Teaching Commons

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A space for education and educators at UNSW

The Teaching Commons is a friendly space, where our teaching and education staff are able to connect, collaborate and share ideas. Colleagues are welcome to drop in to meet others and get help or advice from an Educational Developer, Education Focussed colleague, Academic Librarian, Academic Facilitator or a Learning Advisor. Our Teaching Commons is hosting many of our educational meetings, programs, workshops and events.

November 2023 highlights:

Teaching Commons November 2023 activities

    Coming up at Teaching Commons

    Visit the Events page for all upcoming Education events including events held at the Teaching Commons.

    View all upcoming events

    Would you like to present a talk or a workshop about Learning & Teaching at the Teaching Commons? Let us know! Submit proposal*
    *Note, expressing your interest does not guarantee an event - the team will review and get back to you. 


    Book a meeting or event

    UNSW staff can request to book a meeting or an event at the Teaching Commons using the form below. Prior to completing the form, please check room availability by looking up 'Kens F12 Gnd Commons Dalton Meeting Room' in your Outlook Calendar.

    Please note, the space is accessible Monday to Friday in 2024. For any questions, please email the Teaching Commons team.

    Request booking


    Book a consultation

    Come and meet with a specialised colleague in a 1:1 setting to get advice on your educational questions.

    • Get advice from a Nexus Fellow on teaching and learning topics including Assessment and Feedback, AI in education, teaching strategies and more.
    • Chat with an Educational developer to discuss ed-tech questions you may have.
    • Or, speak with an Outreach Librarian to receive assistance with library services, including support for curriculum and course research skills, and Leganto.

    Make a booking


    Drop in for help or advice

    Pop in any time during open hours 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday to chat with a Nexus or PVCESE colleague.

    Team/s Date & time
    Nexus colleagues Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Outreach Librarians Tuesday to Thursday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

    What can you expect from these drop-in sessions?

    Come and meet the UNSW Library Outreach Librarians at our drop-in sessions. Every Tuesday to Thursday from 11:00am – 1:00 pm at the Teaching Commons, we'll be your partners in guiding you to create dynamic Leganto reading lists, curriculum mapping, and content selection for teaching. We can provide tailored support, engaging teaching academic staff in one-on-one discussions, and guiding them through specialised databases.

    This collaborative approach ensures that your reading lists are not only relevant but also captivating, enriching your students' learning journey. In addition, our Outreach Librarians offer customised pre-work tutorials and workshops for your students. These initiatives equip your students with essential skills for their courses, ensuring academic success. Join us on this exciting journey of enhanced education!


    Drop-in times: Tuesday to Thursday 11:00 am -1:00 pm

    You can ask questions about how to help students improve their writing, speaking, presenting, and thinking skills in your course design and classroom teaching. For further information, please email academicskills@unsw.edu.au

    Additional service: English Language Support

    • Embedding various language literacy tools and services into courses (e.g. Communication Coach)
    • Feedback on students’ drafts of written work (Studiosity)
    • Extra-curricular programs for building students’ confidence with their language (myEnglish Week)

    For further information, please email englishsupport@unsw.edu.au or Dr Neda Chepinchikj at n.chepinchikj@unsw.edu.au

    Are you curious about AI in Education and how it can transform your teaching and learning experience? Come and join PVCESE Innovation colleagues and others for exciting, informal chats in the Commons!

    Get assistance with any EdTech-related questions. Struggling with Moodle or its various integrated tools? Feel free to stop by the Teaching Commons for personalised support.

    ETS offers both drop-ins and themed workshops. For more information on the schedule, please visit here.

    Bring your exams and final assessments and join us in the Teaching Commons for a marking party. Work quietly, do a sanity check with a colleague, take a break to chat and drink infinite cups of tea or coffee. Sometimes it’s nice to do chores together. 

    Dalton building undercroft mosaics located within Teaching Commons

    Created by Douglas Annand

    Glass tile mosaic mural; four panels

    Commissioned 1957. UNSW Art Collection

    In 1957 UNSW commissioned leading modernist designer Douglas Annand (1903—76) to create a suite of mosaic murals for the undercroft and stairwell of the Dalton Chemistry Building. These mosaics epitomise the integration of art and architecture that informed the early planning of the campus and are amongst Annand’s most significant public works still in their original location. In 1999 the undercroft was enclosed, first becoming a café and in 2023 transformed into its present configuration.

    Learn more about the mosaics and artist (number 19 & 20)