Top ten tips if you’re new to teaching (or need a refresher) to the Faculty of Arts

Are you a new convenor in the Faculty of Arts? Are you overwhelmed with the prospect of teaching to students in a new online platform, using the myriad of new educational technologies, complying with the many policies and customs of your department and faculty?

Are you an existing convenor that may be a bit rusty in terms of knowing where things are, what tools are available and what support there is available?

Do not despair, here are the top-ten tips to help ensure your teaching is the best that it can be.

10. Workshops

Do you feel that there are so many great educational tools available but unsure how to use them?

Why not attend on of the many workshops run by the Arts Learning and Teaching support team and the Central support unit LTS. You can see all the workshops and enrol in Upcoming events on Teche.

9. Self-help on iLearn for you and your students

Are you new to iLearn, or are you rusty on just how to use that iLearn activity? What about your students, what if they have questions too?

Did you know that there are Quick Guides available for both staff and students? You can access them in the footer of each iLearn course (there is a lot more information than the Quick Guides in the footer) or by going to iLearn Quick Guides for staff and iLearn Quick Guides for students.

8. Layout of iLearn units in the Arts Faculty

Are you developing a new unit or redesigning an existing one? Is there a recommended approach to developing a unit in iLearn?

The Faculty of Arts iLearn ToolBox provides a wealth of information about how you should develop your iLearn site so that your students have a consistently good learning experience on iLearn.

7. Drop-in clinic

Are you struggling with getting your iLearn site up and running for the start of the session?

Did you know that there are drop-in clinics where you can just turn up and get help from a learning designer on that pesky issue you have, no need to book?

Here are the times for the Central drop-in clinic (10am-2pm):

Monday 13 – Friday 17 February:  C5A 201

Monday 20 – Friday 24 February:  C5A 201

Monday 27 February  – Friday 3 March:  W6B 259

Outside these times the Arts Learning and Teaching support team are available in W6A325 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1. No need to book just come and get help.

6. What are the main procedures that I need to comply with?

Are you unclear about what the university requirements around learning and teaching?

There are numerous policies you need to be aware of, you can access them from policy central. Specifically, make sure you are familiar with the assessment policy and also the Schedule 2: Unit Assessment requirements

5. How do I: create a new, or copy, an existing unit guide; create a new or copy, an existing iLearn site?

The one-stop-shop for all of these requirements is the cousin to iLearn, iTeach. For guides on how to use it go to iTeach Quick Guides

4. Resources for (first year) Arts students

Do you believe that first-year students may struggle with adapting to university studies? Do you feel that students need specific information about what a degree in Arts could lead to?

Did you know that there is already a link in your iLearn course called Arts101: How to be a successful student? Why not encourage students to access the link in your first lecture for the session?

Also in the Quicklinks block in your iLearn unit are a number of other useful links for you and your students. For example Campus Wellbeing, Learning skills etc

3. Arts Community of Practice

Do you want to know what is happening in teaching and learning in Arts? Do you want to see what rubrics and sample assessments your colleagues are developing? Are there some examples of good teaching practice in the faculty? For this, and much more go to the Arts Community of Practice.

2. OneHelp

Where can I go if I have a problem such as …?

The answer to this one is simple. OneHelp (for more info) is your one-stop-shop. It’s the university’s ticketing system that allows you to place a request for help on just about anything.

1.  Arts Learning and Teaching support team

“Arts L&T staff” by Chris Froissard ©2017 Macquarie University
“Arts L&T staff” by Chris Froissard ©2017 Macquarie University

I want to develop my teaching so that I use the most effective pedagogy and educational technology for my students. I am teaching a new unit and would like a few ideas on how best to design, develop and administer my iLearn unit. What does research say when it comes to teaching in a blended mode?

For questions around pedagogy, educational technologies (including iLearn) and teaching at the Arts faculty, there is a dedicated team of educational professionals the Arts Learning and Teaching support team. You can either drop by at the drop in clinic times (Tuesday to Thursday 12-1), send us a OneHelp ticket, or contact us directly via telephone (Ext 4097) or email a team member directly.

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