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The University of Adelaide has entered into a partnership arrangement with THE Campus+ which provides a platform for academic and professional staff to disseminate insights and advice on key areas of higher education.
This month we spoke to Associate Professor Mathew White, interim Head of the School of Education within the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics. Mathew has a special interest in how leaders establish school cultures to encourage positive learning and wellbeing environments. He is well published in the areas of character education, international education, leading change, strategic planning, and wellbeing education. Mathew’s expertise in student wellbeing will be featured in his presentation at this year’s Festival of Learning and Teaching, where he will speak on Evidence-informed Strategies to Promote Belonging in Learning and Teaching.
The Student Leadership Programs Community of Practice (CoP) alternates between regular catch-ups for coordinators of programs involving peer-to-peer support and leadership and open meetings. All staff are welcome to attend these open meetings, with discussion themes focused on topics highly relevant to students in leadership roles, and to staff who want to support the development of student/staff partnership approaches within the university.
TEQSA have issued two sector alerts regarding contract cheating services being advertised to students on campuses, and social media promotions offering students the chance to win up to $10,000 in exchange for uploading course materials or assignments to file-sharing websites.
At this stage of the semester, whether - and how - students ask for help can often be determined by explicit direction from trusted authorities, e.g., lecturers, coordinators, library staff, and international student support staff.
Diversity in the student and staff population is a strength of the University community. The myriad backgrounds and experiences of our students make for engaging learning environments.
This month we spoke to Associate Professor Benjamin (Ben) McCann, lecturer with the School of Humanities. Recognised for his outstanding teaching through Faculty, institutional and national teaching award schemes, including a 2021 Commendation for the Enhancement and Innovation of Teaching in the category of Promoting student wellbeing, Ben is a passionate and engaging teacher. Here he shares his thoughts on the use of technology increasing student engagement and the importance of encouraging multiple skill sets in future graduates.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first two months as Director, Education Quality within the Division of Academic and Student Engagement (DASE). I’ve been particularly impressed by colleagues determination to do things well, in addition to their very positive solutions’ focused intent, and genuine care for the student experience.
The Student Leadership Programs Community of Practice is a collection of people who coordinate student-led/peer-to-peer programs and projects, or who are interested in helping develop and support student leadership experiences.
One way to help students engage with your course is to invite the Maths Learning Centre (MLC) into your classes. In Semester 1 2022, Dr Benjamin Madden did just that for the Arts course Approaches to Culture. Benjamin and MLC Coordinator Dr David Butler describe their experiences below.