Narratives

Below is a list of all narratives listed alphabetically.  To navigate narratives by theme, use the Themes links on the left.  To navigate narratives by topic, use the list on the right hand side. 

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A Baptism of fire

Prior to her university career this Unit Coordinator worked in the mining industry and was self employed. She describes her first weeks preparing a new unit as an academic. Her survival was assisted with support from her colleagues and her own resilience. More…

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A kind of leader role

A first year lecturer in Science with heavy teaching load and ARC research feels like she is sinking at times. Her 1st year unit is large as is the admin load, which removes focus from student learning. There is greater flexibility to improve her 3rd year unit. She seeks advice from supportive colleagues as needed, and enjoys influencing student learning and the challenges of combining research and teaching.
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A new approach to using SEQ data

The Centre for Learning in Teaching in this university developed a benchmarking tool to measure student learning and course satisfaction. This enables evaluation at a glance of how well a unit or course is doing, and trends between faculties and schools, which stimulates healthy discussion. Self discovery is promoted and the Centre offers support when requested. More…

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A Sense of frustration

As an academic in the health sciences, this Coordinator recognises the interest his clinical staff has in teaching and learning. He describes the under resourcing and under appreciation they overcome to provide strong outcomes for their students. More…

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Academic developers helping others

Changes to the role during the past 15 years are outlined here, particularly in relation to accountability expectations on Unit Coordinators. The Centre’s responsibilities and ‘tensions’ are also clarified. More…

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Academic life in a regional campus

I have worked in the business school of this small, regional campus for more than five years now, although I do not coordinate a unit in the traditional sense. I see this campus as the ‘campus of second chance’ for … More…

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All that matters is research

This coordinator discusses the tension between teaching quality units and the expectation of writing 4 papers a year. As Assoc. Dean in L & T she has tried using innovative approaches to assisting new staff but finds that a direct approach to individual Unit Coordinators works best in terms of finding out what support they need. More…

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An international transition

After gaining some credibility in her chosen field this Unit Coordinator emigrated from Eastern Europe. She describes her appreciation of the support provided to her on her arrival at an Australian university. More…

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Believe in yourself

There are lots of tips for new academics provided by this coordinator. More…

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Bridging the university and profession gap

The role of coordinator in this pathology course is enormous and there is never enough time. The unit has multiple components and is difficult but the students love it because everything taught is placed in a clinical context. Organising and preparing well before classes start is helpful in coping. More…

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