Topic: Evaluation

Stories from Australian academics in unit coordination roles that touch on the topic of evaluation.

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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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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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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Going for promotion

To gain a promotion this coordinator has been told to demonstrate to the promotions committee how her teaching, research and unit coordination have impacted on her students’ learning and the university community. Demonstrating the impact of research is easy; the others are more difficult. More…

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Surrendering myself to teaching

This Unit Coordinator is overwhelmed by her workload on her return to her university after an overseas academic contract. She describes her smooth organisation of large classes and working with other academics. More…

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Painting the Sydney Harbour bridge

Experience was obtained by this coordinator during six years at two different universities. He asked lots of questions to survive the early years and has learnt to compartmentalise the various responsibilities since. This has reduced anxiety although a sense of relentlessness and treading water prevail because he lacks the time to reflect, improve and excel. More…

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Mixed messages

This coordinator constantly seeks to improve his teaching and materials to maximise the students learning experience. He struggles with the teaching/research dilemma and the focus on research outputs required to gain recognition and be valued by the university. The role is a constant juggle. More…

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