Theme: Maintaining & Improving Unit Quality

Stories from Australian academics in unit coordinator roles related to the theme of maintaining and improving the quality of teaching in university units of study.

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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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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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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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Exerting a positive influence

Exerting a positive influence on future doctors is very rewarding to this Unit Coordinator who regards himself as a leader. He views leadership as a role, not a position and something you are do rather than being assigned. More…

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Introducing innovation

This Unit Coordinator describes innovative teaching and learning strategies involving the use of technology, research and collaborative projects with external bodies. More…

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Leading others in the school

This Unit Coordinator describes her work with numerous part time, experienced teaching staff. She describes her successful strategies to ensure consistency across the teaching units. Her strategy to combine her teaching and research interests is also mentioned.
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Lecturer by choice, not by chance

Initially, my university role involved teaching only, although I quickly found myself also managing other activities and staff.  Since starting here I have been well supported by my Head of School.  There are some boring administrative aspects to the role, … More…

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Maintaining and improving unit quality – Quick Tips

   Below are some quick tips for the challenges associated with the theme Maintaining and improving unit quality.  The tips are itemised in dot form and are unashamedly simplistic, but are included to meet the just in time needs of … More…

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Making a difference

After documenting teaching behaviours and strategies that she appreciated as a student this Unit Coordinator shared her information with colleagues. Using innovative approaches in her lessons resulted in her receiving teaching awards and promotion to lead teaching and learning in her university school. More…

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Practical tips for setting up a unit

I am an experienced Unit Coordinator in the sciences and, although I have panicked a number of times during the past 13 years, I have learnt much that I can share with incoming academics.  My general advice would be to … More…

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Someone else can organise It

Working in the Health Sciences in a new position, this coordinator created a unit and curriculum from scratch, well supported by colleagues. He sees assessment as problematic in respect to strategy and marking consistency because student numbers are large. He would like to see improved communication between colleagues to reduce his feelings of isolation. More…

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Stepping into a challenging role

As Director of a student support centre, this academic highlights the challenges he initially faced in the role. While his varied responsibilities sometimes hamper his research goals he manages to maintain a research profile. More…

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Supporting university learning and teaching

As Director of a T & L unit, supporting the coordinators is seen as critical. The development of an e-planner was an important step in alleviating some of the administration headaches from their role. More…

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Sustained by passion

Keeping subjects alive by implementing student feedback, entertaining them with stories and keeping the spoken word simple are keys to engaging the students of this Unit Coordinator who leads units set in early modern history. More…

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Taking responsibility for change

After many years experience in other universities this Unit Coordinator describes his surprise on handover arrangements at his new university. Strategies to introduce change and empower staff are described throughout his story. More…

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Teaching online

This Unit Coordinator describes strategies to engage and challenge his students both in class and for on-line teaching. More…

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Using a 21st century teaching model

As an experienced Unit Coordinator this Senior Lecturer describes the improvements he has made to teaching and learning within his Engineering School through the use of technology. His work is acknowledged by both his university leadership and his international peers. More…

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Working with sessional staff

After many years in the university setting, this Unit Coordinator describes her strategies in working with large classes and numerous tutors to deliver quality teaching and learning to her students.
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