Topic: Teaching skills

Building confidence in teaching

I have worked in clinics as a nursing educator and in management roles. Before starting at this regional campus, I planned to retire but then I was offered and took on a part-time academic role. That was more than four … More…

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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Reflections from an Engineer

Engineers find it difficult to relate to traditional teaching theories which are embedded in the humanities. This Unit Coordinator spent years reading and now understands the literature. Experience has taught him a great deal about the university culture. More…

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Sustained by passion

Keeping subjects alive by implementing student feedback, entertaining them with stories and keeping the spoken word simple are keys to engaging the students of this Unit Coordinator who leads units set in early modern history. 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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Learning to teach by osmosis

This Unit Coordinator learnt the role by being immersed in it, and to teach by osmosis and stumbling across approaches that worked. He advises tutors to provide an environment that enables students to develop their own mastery. More…

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Exerting a positive influence

Exerting a positive influence on future doctors is very rewarding to this Unit Coordinator who regards himself as a leader. He views leadership as a role, not a position and something you are do rather than being assigned. 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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Working at the cutting edge

While strong support for teaching and learning is now offered at this Unit Coordinator’s university it was not the case when he first arrived. Over time technology and collegiate networks have strengthened to better support all teaching staff. More…

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New academics

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.
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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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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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Supporting university learning and teaching

As Director of a T & L unit, supporting the coordinators is seen as critical. The development of an e-planner was an important step in alleviating some of the administration headaches from their role. More…

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Supporting unit coordinators

As Head of a new clinical school, there was nothing in place and progress was made difficult for unit coordinators who were professional clinicians rather than academics. He sees his role as supportive and clearly outlines his expectations with new staff. He operates in a ‘fluid’ environment and relies heavily on the goodwill of staff, while also relying on the T & L team and student services for advice and practical assistance. More…

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