Theme: Technology & Administration

Stories about changing technology in universities, its impact on the learning/teaching process, and the role of the unit coordinator.

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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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Believe in yourself

There are lots of tips for new academics provided by this coordinator. 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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How Heads of School may help

Heads of School can help Unit Coordinators by helping with quality issues, managing sessional staff and facilitating collegiality. 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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Let go and delegate

I commenced here as a sessional lecturer in music and after three years was offered unit coordination of the foundation units. Supportive senior people, including an ‘unofficial’ mentor helped with my transition but, although I had a clear understanding of … More…

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Managing the workload

This Unit Coordinator began her career in a regional university setting before moving to a city based research intensive university. She describes the differences in technology application between the universities and the level of support provided to Unit Coordinators. 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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Technology and administration – Quick Tips

  Below are some quick tips for the challenges associated with the theme Technology and administration.  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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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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