Sub Dean L&T December update

What a massive year in learning and teaching it’s been. Before you head out the door for a well-earned break please take a few minutes to get yourself across the following:

  • the date and location for the 2020 BJBS L&T Symposium has been locked in for the Thursday and Friday 3-4 September in Bathurst (that’s the Thursday and Friday of the second week of the 202060 mid-session break) so save the date. There’ll be some focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – more details to follow in the new year.
  • last month we kicked off a new alert in the fight against contract cheating put together by one of our new analysts, Angelo Bellas. This includes: websites that sell essays, custom essay production, social media platforms, sites that host Charles Sturt materials and many others. Click here for the December list. If you identify any Charles Sturt materials (such as course materials, logos) on these websites, please forward those details to abellas@csu.edu.au.
  • QUASAR has had its first full session run across the university. It’s vital that reflections on your subjects (and any subsequent actions) are meaningful and carried through. Check out Mike Kemp’s BJBS News post on the next steps, which includes a reminder to think about those actions when planning your 202030 subjects, which starts on 2 March
  • Speaking of which, if you’re a 202030 subject convenor, then under the Faculty’s minimum expectations for subject delivery it’s nearly time to turn your mind to that planning! To assist you in that endeavour DLT have updated their subject preparation checklist to include calendar reminders for key tasks – I would love some feedback on whether you find that helpful.
  • the HEPPP retention project has been given the green light to continue in 2020. As well as the pre-census campaign, using early assessment items, there’ll also be a deeper look at some key first-year subjects to try and identify the reasons why a number of our students get over that early assessment item but then don’t complete the subject.

All that remains is to pass on a big thank you for going the extra mile to serve our students in 2019. Here’s to doing that even more effectively in 2020. Have a great Christmas!