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A tutor’s guide to teaching and learning at UQ

The University of Queensland’s Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI) has published A tutor’s guide to teaching and learning at UQ (2004, 2010).  Read a summary…

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Can you do without sessional staff?

Why might you choose not to use sessional staff in a unit with less than 70 students enrolled? View video…

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Coordinating units of study with large enrolments: some tips

If the unit is small you are in an excellent position to do your own self-evaluation. However, if the unit is large, and you are working through 20 or more tutors or demonstrators, then your primary source of feedback is your regular meetings with those sessional staff members. This experienced academic offers suggestions for how to make this work for you. View video…

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Improving your unit: some questions to reflect on

What is working well and what could be done better? Questions to ask yourself about the structures & processes in your unit as you consider the feedback you are getting from students and sessional staff. View video…

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Leading sessional staff : hold meetings regularly

An experienced academic outlines why regular meetings with sessional staff are really important to the business of coordinating a unit.  View video…

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Leading units with large enrolments

Units with large classes require a different kind of leadership. When you hand over the teaching to tutors and guest lecturers, the experience is very different, more remote. At the same time, as the unit coordinator you assume the mantle of ‘the expert’ in the topic in a way which the tutors do not – with all the rewards and responsibilities which that implies.

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Managing new sessional staff with no background in teaching

When you are the frontline for supporting new sessional staff with no prior experience in a teaching role. View video…

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Managing your workload: backwards planning

Backwards planning is a useful technique for ensuring that you end up with the right deliverables from your unit within the timeframe required. An experienced academic briefly talks you through the thinking process that will help you to plan the assessment & teaching for your unit. View video…

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Starting out: moving into a leadership role

Your job now is to motivate and facilitate the staff you are coordinating.  It is about creating a new identity for yourself in addition to, or beyond, your existing identity as a teacher. View video…

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The Coordinators Leading Advancement of Sessional Staff [CLASS]

The Coordinators Leading Advancement of Sessional Staff [CLASS] is an ALTC funded project led by Geraldine Lefoe (University of Wollongong).  Read a summary…

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The RED Website – Recognition Enhancement Development

The Red website – Recognition Enhancement Development: the contribution of sessional teachers to higher education.  An ALTC funded initiative undertaken by the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Directors (CADAD).  Read a summary…

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Transnational education: working with overseas teachers

In facing the challenges of working with someone you’ve never met, strong project management skills are essential.  This video gives an outline of some strategies that can be used to stay in charge of proceedings when you are given a transnational unit to coordinate. View video…

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