Don’t have time to attend an iLearn training workshop? Look no further, Discover iLearn, the online training unit for convenors is here to help!
Faculty Learning and Teaching teams have been working in partnership with the Learning Innovation Hub to redesign our foundational learning and teaching professional development programs (TIP and FiLT). These programs will be delivered in blended mode, with both central common components and faculty-specific requirements.
Just in case you missed our email: here are a few set-up reminders and ways unit convenors can get help for the coming session.
I’ve observed in several previous posts that the unit convenor role is vitally important to the quality of our teaching and curriculum and yet poorly recognised and often under-valued, and largely seen as an administrative service role. I’ve argued that unit administration, while necessary, is not where convenors have the greatest opportunity to contribute to excellence in teaching and curriculum at Macquarie. Unit convenors are also in a position to provide vital leadership with respect to curriculum and teaching, the latter especially so in large units with many tutors.
What happens when you put 17 unit convenors in a room with the Green Paper? A lively discussion around the ‘connected learning community’.
Unit Convenors play a leadership role that is vital to the quality of our curriculum, but one that historically hasn’t received much of the spotlight. And is the shape of the role about to change with the forthcoming Learning and Teaching Strategy? These issues and more are to be discussed during April at a gathering of Macquarie unit convenors.
Cathy Rytmeister discusses the importance of the role of the Unit Convenor.
Unit Convenors are the “grass-roots” leaders and managers of learning and teaching in the University, ensuring that Macquarie offers high-quality, pedagogically sound and policy- compliant units in its programs. Traditionally, unit convenors have drawn on their own research, scholarship and experience to design, develop and maintain curriculum, leading to a strong sense of identification with, ownership of and commitment to “their” units. The current focus on curriculum planning and management at the program level poses a challenge to this traditional view. Continue reading What does the future hold for the role of Unit Convenor?