Clarifying, developing and valuing the role of Unit Coordinators as informal leaders of learning in Higher Education

Roberts, S., Butcher, L., & Brooker, M. (2010). Strawberry Hills, NSW: Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd.  Download available.

This ALTC project highlighted the fundamental learning leadership components of the unit coordinator role.  The project identified the competencies and capabilities needed to perform the role effectively and the project report includes probationary, performance and promotional review guidelines, and induction and professional development proformas. Although the focus is on learning leadership, the report provides good insights into the complexity of the unit coordinator role, and the challenges and constraints experienced. Overall, unit coordinators functioning as learning leaders “proactively and professionally deliver and model scholarly teaching approaches…they are also successful in inspiring and motivating students, and providing them with an excellent learning experience” (p. 5). The project team contended that excellent teachers function as learning leaders, because they inspire learning.

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