The College of Design and Social Context facilitated a Professional Development Symposium for sessional academic and teaching staff on Friday 6 September.
If you missed my last post, the 2013 Connecting Sessional Staff Project aims to:
- Address individual learning and teaching needs
- Share, present, discuss and reflect on teaching and learning experiences
- Support collaboration, peer partnerships and mentoring
- Connect with other sessional staff and learning networks across the University
- Link to the online Sessional Modules from the Professional Development for Tertiary Teaching Practice (PDTTP). The Modules are accessible through Blackboard and information is online at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/teaching/pdttp/sessionals
The symposium workshops were practical and hands-on. They aimed to connect staff with their peers, their curriculum and with their students.
For those who missed the symposium or attended and missed a workshop, here is a brief overview with the learning outcomes for each. If you find something of interest, you can follow the links or even contact the facilitator for more information:
Workshop 1: Technology… you’ve gotta have a Plan B!
Spiros Soulis, Senior Advisor Learning and Teaching, Learning and Teaching Unit
•Design back-up activities to include in lesson plans for when the technology fails
•Know who to call and what to say when you have technical issues in the class
•Identify resources to have on hand to continue to engage your students.
the teaching tomtom: https://theteachingtomtom.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/technology-you-gotta-love-it-when-it-works/
Teaching with Technology: http://www.rmit.edu.au/teaching/technology
Workshop 2: Assessment
John Benwell, Principle Learning & Teaching Advisor (Architecture and Design)
•Discuss and know how to use assessment as learning activity and a progress monitor
•Create an assignment in blackboard (with e-submission)
•Discuss and understand academic integrity using Turnitin.
RMIT University Student Assessment http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment
Center for the Study of Higher Education, Melbourne University http://www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au/resources_teach/assessment/
Workshop 3: Engaging your students using Inclusive Teaching practices
Andrea Wallace, Educational Developer, DSC
•Identify and discuss challenges in managing a diverse student cohort in your class
•Translate the principles of Inclusive Teaching into your practice
•Design activities that incorporate alternative teaching strategies.
Inclusive Teaching http://www.rmit.edu.au/teaching/inclusive
Workshop 4: Teaching in Next Generation Learning Spaces
Thembi Mason, Educational Developer and Jon Hurford, Senior Advisor Learning & Teaching (Art)
•Identify the characteristics of a Next Generation Learning space
•Locate relevant resources and discuss approaches to teaching and the use of technology in these spaces
Workshop 5: Connecting courses to content
Bernadene Sward, Liaison Librarians and Anne Lennox, University Library
•Make the most of library licensed learning and teaching resources, open access and creative commons content.
Workshop 6: Teaching students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
Barbara Morgan, Study Learning Center
•Discuss the challenges facing students from diverse learning backgrounds
•Identify and integrate teaching strategies that address linguistic and cultural differences in the classroom.
Study and Learning Centre http://www.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre
Workshop 7: RMIT Peer Partnerships: supported professional development for continuous improvement in teaching
Angela Clarke and Dallas Wingrove, Senior Research Fellows
•Find a focus for the observation of your teaching
•Provide sensitive and constructive feedback for a colleague
•Establish and build networks of professional relationships with DSC sessional teaching staff.
Peer Partnerships http://www.rmit.edu.au/teaching/peerpartnerships
Workshop 8: Flexible delivery, Blackboard Collaborate & Google Sites
Erika Beljaars-Harris, Howard Errey and Andrea Wallace, Educational Developers, DSC
•Use iPads and other mobile devices for teaching and learning
•Use and manage Blackboard Collaborate
•Setup and manage Google Sites.
Teaching with Technology http://www.rmit.edu.au/teaching/technology
School workshops: Talking about Learning and Teaching
School Senior Advisors of Learning and Teaching with School Liaison Librarians and School representatives
•Identify issues surrounding learning and teaching practice in your School
•Locate key learning and teaching resources at RMIT
•Discuss ways in which you can contribute and feel included in a collegial and supportive environment.
Final Workshop: CES and feedback
Ruth Moeller, Lecturer in Education and Senior Advisor, Learning and Teaching, College of Design and Social Context
The final workshop for the day focused on what academic and teaching staff will be encountering now students have returned for remainder of the year.
FAQs about CES http://www.rmit.edu.au/ssc/ces/faq
As you can see from the range of what was covered (and with an hour limit for each workshop) the conversations have only just begun.
We have time to prepare well for our end of year symposium, continue constructive conversations in the Schools and time to develop a firm plan for ongoing learning and teaching support for sessional staff beyond this semester.
A few more useful links for Sessional Staff at RMIT University
Quick guide for sessional staff http://www.rmit.edu.au/teaching/sessional
Professional Development Calender http://www.rmit.edu.au/staff/professionaldevelopment/calendar
Learning and Teaching Unit http://www.rmit.edu.au/teaching
Senior Advisors, Learning and Teaching http://www.rmit.edu.au/dsc/learningteaching
If you have any questions please share them in the comments section or contact me (Kellyann Geurts) or your School’s Senior Advisor, Learning and Teaching.
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