It’s never too late
Although the 201930 session is underway it’s not too late to give your i2 landing page an overhaul to ensure that’s not only functional but informative and engaging as well. If you’re stuck for ideas then have a look at these templates on the wiki with step by step instructions to make it happen.
First impressions are also important in start of session welcome announcements. Just head to wiki page i2 on preparation and scroll down to ‘improve your communication with students’.
Interactive APA guide: home-grown in BJBS
When it comes to writing and referencing, the perennial challenge is to provide engaging, just in time support to ensure that our students have the appropriate skills and resources to do it well. Thanks to the School of Psychology Learning and Teaching Committee under the leadership of Dr Paola Castillo, and with support from the TOL team (Ryun Fell, Stephanie Turner and John Emerson) and Fiona May (audio) we now have a fantastic interactive APA guide that comprehensively meets that challenge. Incorporating resources from ALLaN , the interactive APA guide includes a number of tutorials and quizzes to help students write successfully. Click here to head to the main menu and get started.
In other news…
- It’s been the policy forever but until the Subject Outline Tool (SOT) was tweaked for 201930 to include a compliance check on providing a contact phone number for the lecturer no one had noticed. For sessional staff without an office phone and understandably reluctant to publish their personal mobile numbers, it caused a few dramas. From the 201945 session onwards, staff will have the option of providing a Skype address instead of a phone number. We think this gets the balance right but happy to receive feedback.
- In another tweak related to the SOT, prospective students will be able to see the list of assessment items, including weighting, from the most recent offering. Many of our competitors are already doing this. Now that names of your assessment items will be getting broader exposure, please make sure that you choose names for assessment items that are understandable for prospective students.
- The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) of which CSU, in partnership with other NSW universities, is a founding member is offering 10 week online courses, with a 4-day face to face intensive in Sydney, all at no cost to the student and designed to be studied in conjunction with their CSU subjects. All disciplines welcome, please promote to your students.