Topic: Student engagement

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

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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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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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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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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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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Making a difference

After documenting teaching behaviours and strategies that she appreciated as a student this Unit Coordinator shared her information with colleagues. Using innovative approaches in her lessons resulted in her receiving teaching awards and promotion to lead teaching and learning in her university school. 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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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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I am not an expert

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

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Working with sessional staff

After many years in the university setting, this Unit Coordinator describes her strategies in working with large classes and numerous tutors to deliver quality teaching and learning to her students.
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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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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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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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Developing sessional staff

This coordinator supervises 30 sessional staff. To engender a consistent pedagogical approach with students she approached the T & L unit to develop a training program, which engaged staff strongly. Feeling isolated arises from work in a specialist area and limited collaboration opportunities. 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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