Topic: Sharing knowledge

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

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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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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Fostering a sense of value

A comment on the experience of Unit Coordinators, and their issues, is shared here by a senior Academic Developer who teaches into the GCHE and frequently talks with those working at the coalface. 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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Caring about outcomes

This Associate Dean improved his efficiency and developed lists of tasks and deadlines to reduce his stress and workload. He values his sessional staff and actively supports them. He works hard and sets an example for his team, with whom he is open in his approach. 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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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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What sessional staff want

During my years as Unit Coordinator in the School of Nursing I employed and managed many sessional staff.  I explored and discovered that they seek validation of their professional knowledge, opportunities to develop professionally, and to connect with their profession … More…

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Consumed by the role

This Unit Coordinator and sub dean took an active interest in her university’s policies and became sought after for her expertise. She learnt from a good leader how to be one and grew in confidence and creativity. 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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Micromanaging unit coordinators

Limited induction provided for new academics has led this coordinator to assist them. Her own learning was by trial and error. The T & L centre assists with policies. She feels valued but has issue with the limited recognition of time spent on unit coordination. There are workload discrepancies, which are not seen as fair. More…

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