Narratives by theme
Topic: First-year experience
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…Related Resources: first year experience, student engagement, teaching skills
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…Related Resources: evaluation, first year experience, large classes
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.
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…Related Resources: first year experience, unit coordinator role, unit development