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This month we spoke to Dr James Botten from the School of Biological Sciences about how he encourages and maintains student engagement. With over 20 years teaching experience at the University of Adelaide, James also discusses the ways he still finds daily inspiration in his teaching.
PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) are weekly 50 minute study sessions, facilitated by a successful senior student, in which students can revisit core topics, practically apply knowledge and support each other through the transition to tertiary studies. Developing a sense of community and connection is one of the core goals of the program, especially within cohorts who may be feeling isolated or removed from the wider University community.
This month we spoke to Dr Stuart Johnson, Lecturer with the School of Mathematical Sciences and recent recipient of a Tony McMurtrie Practitioner Award for Academic Integrity (Special Commendation), for his work on reducing contract cheating in mathematical assessments. Stuart, an Affiliate member of the Adelaide Education Academy, speaks about the importance of active learning and how he has harnessed technology to engage and support his students.
Used effectively, digital tools can help educators collect and analyse student performance data to help them refine their teaching practices. One example is the Learning Mastery Gradebook view in the Canvas learning management system (LMS), which helps collect data on progress made towards achieving individual course learning outcomes and presents the information a highly visual way.
Strong collaboration between teams of academic and professional staff, has always resulted in better outcomes for our students.
Starting to teach in higher education is daunting when education is not your discipline. Relationship building skills honed in professional experience can provide new academics with strong foundations.
University Specialist Employment Partnership (USEP) is a collaborative program preparing and connecting tertiary students with disability to employment relevant to their qualifications.
This month we spoke to Associate Professor Antony Eagle, philosophy lecturer from the School of Humanities. Antony speaks about his methods of student engagement and how he strives to accommodate the needs of his students as they try to balance study, work and life commitments. He also discusses how he uses technology to assist with this, making education more accessible for his students.
The University’s Studiosity service is part of a comprehensive system of academic support provided for students through the Student Academic Skills team (including the Writing Centre, Maths Learning Centre and PASS) to help them engage confidently and successfully in their studies.