Who is this session for? All new Faculty of Arts Casual Academic Staff
This is a paid Induction for the Faculty of Arts NEW casual academic staff to orientate them to the Faculty and the Learning and Teaching strategy. The induction will cover important University Policies, student support service and professional development resources available.
Congratulations to three of our very best sessional staff who have been recognised in the inaugural Tutoring Induction Program Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. How do Chi Lo, Anthony Winning, and Kate Hardwick engage students in their classrooms through innovative and impactful practices? Continue reading Celebrating sessional teaching excellence at Macquarie→
The second national leadership summit on quality learning and teaching with sessional staff was hosted at Macquarie University on Friday 10 April. With representatives from 35 institutions, including the Office for Learning and Teaching and a director from TEQSA, the atmosphere on the day was vibrant. Following the keynotes, Pecha Kuchas introduced the finalists in the National BLASST Good Practice Awards.
Members of the BLASST team recently heard Professor Guy Standing (Professor of Development, University of London) speak at a public lecture hosted by the Centre for Workforce Futures. Promoting a new vocabulary of the “precariat”, Standing extends its original meaning of “temporary or seasonal workers” as he elaborates on labour security.
Sessional academics are part of this precariat, and so they may lack a “secure work-based identity” and suffer from “status discord” (Standing’s words), i.e. having high levels of formal education but accepting jobs on low incomes. Indeed, he spoke of university as a lottery ticket, describing the growth in precariat, or sessional, positions as a new core and a new norm.
Friday 27th Feb, 3pm saw the iLearn Drop-in clinic for Session 1 come to a close.
During the three weeks it ran, we saw a total of 201 staff members come through the doors and a few students too!
We had the usual gamut of questions, from how to set up an iLearn unit for the new session, to creating unit guides, making quizzes, setting up groups and the gradebook. No question too small, question too big.