What is Teaching@Sydney?

Synergy old issues front covers
Front covers from Synergy in 2004

Teaching@Sydney is a blog, website, newsletter and place for staff and students to contribute and share anything related to teaching and learning at Sydney. This platform has a long history that began in 1996 in the form of the print publication Synergy, where staff from around the University wrote about learning and teaching innovations. In 2009, we moved online, with articles shared monthly via an email newsletter. By 2016, the readership had grown to over 3,800. In support of the new education strategy’s drive to develop a culture that values and promotes outstanding teaching, August 2016 saw the launch of Teaching@Sydney in its current interactive and collaborative format.

What’s in Teaching@Sydney?

Posts on Teaching@Sydney are categorised by Faculties, as well as by a number of sections:

  • Sydney updates – University-wide learning and teaching updates such as those relating to tools, learning spaces or policy
  • News and events – Workshops, conferences, talks, announcements, updates on grants and awards
  • Teaching tips – Innovative tools, examples or guidelines for teaching, learning and assessment
  • Educational excellence – Interviews, showcases of grant and award winners, stories about educational success or innovative works in progress
  • Teaching research – Reviews, conference updates, research findings, theory


We invite staff and students from across the University to write and share anything related to learning and teaching at Sydney. The site allows you to share and view teaching tips, examples of educational excellence, news and updates, and teaching research. You can contribute your post to your Faculty’s dedicated category, and also to other broader sections (e.g. Teaching Tips) that target a wider University readership. Potential stories might include examples of innovative teaching, an encouraging story of student engagement, an exciting learning and teaching project, an impactful tool or approach, or news about a recent grant, publication or award.

If you have a University of Sydney unikey, you can find out more about how to contribute, or just   Contribute a post


Teaching@Sydney is edited by a small group from the Educational Innovation team within the DVC (Education) Portfolio.

Sue Atkinson

Sue Atkinson is an Educational Design Manager in the Educational Innovation team.

Jess Frawley

Jess Frawley is a lecturer in the Educational Innovation team and an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. She has a multidisciplinary background spanning Arts, Social Sciences and Information Technology. Her research sits at the nexus of fields such as as semiotics, human computer interaction, information systems and education. Her primary area of specialisation is on understanding people’s lived experience with new and emerging technologies and using such understandings to inform future technology design and use. This perspective has underpinned Jessica’s research in several applied research settings. This has included higher education development and informal community based learning. One of the threads that runs through her research is interest in user- and student-generated content and the new multimodal literacies that typically accompany these practices.

Samantha Clarke is a lecturer in the Educational Innovation team and an Honorary Associate in the School of Geosciences. Samantha is a marine geologist by training and is passionate about the ongoing pursuit of learning and education. She works at developing and implementing innovative educational technologies and teaching methods to increase student engagement and streamline educator effectiveness, enhancing the student learning experience.

Danny LiuDanny Liu is a senior lecturer in the Educational Innovation team and an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Science. A molecular biologist by training, programmer by night, researcher and academic developer by day, and educator at heart, he has coordinated, taught, mentored staff in, and redeveloped a number of large units, and has won a few national awards for this. Danny’s professional and research interests are around learning analytics and educational data mining, student engagement, infusing technology in learning & teaching, the first year experience, and really anything where students are the focus. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Teaching@Sydney.


We wish to thank James Tracy for lending his substantial technical expertise to the design, development and upkeep of this platform.