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Be explicit

Let your students know *why* you are asking them to do the things you are asking them to do.  View video…

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Beware of misinformation

Are you sure you know what the policy actually says? Misinformation can be contagious.  View video…

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Course Coordinators and Unit Coordinators Roles and Responsibilities

The University of Tasmania provides a useful and comprehensive summary of the roles of course coordinator and unit coordinator.  Read a summary…

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ECU Unit Coordinator Handbook 2011

Edith Cowan University provides a Unit Coordinator Handbook 2011 – an introduction to unit coordination at ECU. Read a summary…

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Finding resources

How to find resources to support you in your role as teacher / unit coordinator. View video…

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Getting feedback on your performance

Getting feedback from students in a friendly way, early in the piece, can enable you to put changes in place as you go along. This may help you avoid negative reviews through the formal feedback process at the end of the process. View video…

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In the deep end: starting out as a unit coordinator

“If you really love your subject, and you love the idea of teaching your subject, you are going to be fine. Its just that its going to be hectic as well, for the first period, trying to work out what is going on.”  This academic recommends finding someone to mentor you, but at the same time cautions about taking on too much well-meant advice from others.

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Pastoral care: an important part of the role

When students have problems, they often feel nervous about approaching a unit coordinator. If you want them to stay engaged and continue with their studies, they need to feel heard and valued. Pastoral care is an important part of the teaching role, and an integral part of the role of unit coordinators. View video…

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Role of policies & procedures in a university context

When you need to know how/when/where to do something… Formally documented university policies define what you can do, what you can’t do, and where you have discretion. Like them or not, they are there to protect you and to make the processes transparent for all involved.  View video…

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Starting out: pacing yourself

What to do if instead of being given a carefully planned teaching outline, you are simply handed a textbook and some timetable slots and told to go to it. How will you pace yourself and your students through the unit? View video…

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Starting out: survival is paramount

“Teaching is an open ended job”. As a unit coordinator or course coordinator you will never be able to do everything that could and maybe should be done, so you need to set your own boundaries. View video…

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Trusting yourself

Being willing to trust yourself and learn from your own mistakes may be a key for anyone just starting out in the role of unit coordinator. View video…

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Uncertainty about performance

Am I doing this right? Is this working? Am I cut out for this? Uncertainty is actually very common among academics. A voice of experience suggests some strategies for handling this feeling of uncertainty in your professional life. View video…

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Who to ask

Sometimes you won’t immediately know who to ask for more information. An experienced academic suggests you begin by thinking things through in advance and making a list of all the questions you need answered. Then you can systematically search for answers in a timely way. View video…

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