Theme: Teaching & Assessment

Planning and coordinating teaching & assessment, the development of curriculum and design of teaching strategies to engage student learning, is a core part of the work of academics who coordinate a unit of study.

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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 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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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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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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Building confidence in teaching

I have worked in clinics as a nursing educator and in management roles. Before starting at this regional campus, I planned to retire but then I was offered and took on a part-time academic role. That was more than four … More…

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Building rapport

Each semester this coordinator focuses on getting to know his students as quickly as possible. He feels this develops a comfortable rapport that enhances student learning. He uses the services offered to staff and students to advantage and remains focused on his purpose to improve student learning. More…

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Developing a different way of thinking

Design engineering approaches learning differently to other engineering units. It trains students to think and reflect differently to resolve design problems. This narratives expands on the approach. More…

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Developing one’s own style

Having a multidisciplinary background and commercial experience has imbued this coordinator in business with confidence to advise students about industry reality and their career paths. She considers unit coordination as a part of a journey and encourages new coordinators to talk and share with colleagues. More…

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Don’t go overboard

This coordinator has learnt not to reinvent her unit every semester and to be economical with her time. She loves being an academic and the autonomy it allows. More…

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Finding time

This coordinator found no common definition for her role in the Physical Sciences but has the autonomy to run the units as she wishes. Feels hopeless with 1st years because of the hand holding required. After logging her time, found that 80% involved administration unrelated to preparing or delivering teaching materials. No time to browse recent literature. More…

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Giving heart and soul to students

This university was known as a teaching only institution until five years ago when the emphasis became more focussed on research.  This is good for me, because I love research in my subject area of applied mathematics, for which I … More…

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I am not an expert

This experienced coordinator has developed a teaching philosophy that has successfully engaged her students. More…

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Leading the unit coordinators

This Head of School has extensive coordination experience in the sciences and understands the role well. He demonstrates his value of the team and provides extra support for new coordinators and those with large classes. The enjoyment ‘edge’ of the job has been removed by weekend work needed to stay on top of his responsibilities. More…

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Learning to teach by osmosis

This Unit Coordinator learnt the role by being immersed in it, and to teach by osmosis and stumbling across approaches that worked. He advises tutors to provide an environment that enables students to develop their own mastery. More…

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New academics

This coordinator is of the view that many new academics are thrown in at the deep end and are given too much responsibility for which don’t have the experience. He goes on to provide tips that may help them to cope with the workload and gain perspective.
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Organising teaching and learning is a big responsibility

To learn about teaching and learning this Unit Coordinator in engineering reads in the area. He finds coordination complex and prepares for a semester well in advance to reduce pressure. He finds first years have high expectations of being given everything and has adapted his approach. More…

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Positively impacting on students

Originally from overseas, this coordinator in building and construction has found it difficult to adjust to the operational anomalies he has encountered. Nevertheless, he gains great satisfaction from the positive impact he has on his students. More…

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Reflections from an Engineer

Engineers find it difficult to relate to traditional teaching theories which are embedded in the humanities. This Unit Coordinator spent years reading and now understands the literature. Experience has taught him a great deal about the university culture. More…

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Research is ‘front and centre’

I teach the first core law unit that students study as part of their course. Between 600 and 800 students enrol each semester. To deliver lectures I employ up to five full-time academics, and more than 10 sessional staff to … More…

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Seek out the priceless moments

This software engineer coordinator would like to know the right thing to do in all situations but finds managing staff the toughest job of all, despite systems he puts in place. He knows there are no shortcuts but gains satisfaction from the positive outcomes he receives from the effort expended. 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 up to unit coordination

This coordinator started out as a tutor and took over a unit when the coordinator left. She creatively changed things and made it her own which the students loved. She feels well supported and developed a sound pedagogical philosophy.
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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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Teaching and assessment – Quick Tips

  Below are some quick tips for the challenges associated with the theme Teaching and assessment.  The tips are itemised in dot form and are unashamedly simplistic, but are included to meet the just in time needs of busy academics. … More…

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Teaching in blocks

Participants fly in to participate in this unit that involves 5 days of face to face time followed by on-line learning. The unit operates in six week blocks several times a year and is quite intensive. More…

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The importance of self-reflection

Self-reflection is seen as important tool to looking beyond oneself to what is important as a teacher. It also contributes to enhancing job satisfaction. More…

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The quality illusion

This coordinator feels increased pressure from the expectation to undertake research in addition to his teaching and coordination responsibilities. Added to this is the increase in student numbers and their lowered motivation, while trying to maintain unit quality. Work/life balance is affected. More…

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Three performances a week

This coordinator in business suggests teaching something you enjoy, including the research, reading and scholarship to help make the job easier. He also suggests that passion and enthusiasm are key to engaging students. More…

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Using my time wisely

This coordinator faced the newness of technical issues initially and associates lack of administration support with a lack of value by her institution. Dealing with staff hiring, paperwork and other admin tasks removes her from focussing on the students and other important areas that her education and experience have prepared her for. More…

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