Sub Dean L&T February update

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I hope you enjoyed some sort of break, despite the restless summer we’ve experienced, and are ready to get cracking in 2020. Many have already been hard at it, teaching over summer and/or getting ready for 202030, which is just 4 weeks away!

  • In my December update, the date and location for the 2020 BJBS L&T Symposium were announced: 3-4 September in Bathurst (that’s the Thursday and Friday of the second week of the 202060 mid-session break). There’ll be some focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, so it’s important that you be there if you can. A planning committee is just about to get up and running and a ‘save the date’ calendar invite will be out shortly.
  • It’s been a bit of a saga but the restructure, which aims to have a DLT that can more effectively serve the faculties, is just about finalised – more announcements about the BJBS team soon. In the meantime, the DLT PD calendar is just about to kick off for 2020. First cabs off the rank, in mid-February, are sessions on running online meetings. Running an effective online meeting is vital for student engagement so if your teaching online in 202030 make sure you get along. Calendar invites will be out soon but for the full DLT professional learning calendar for February, click here.
  • Most disciplines at Charles Sturt use the APA referencing style. You may have heard that we’re moving to the 7th edition but to ease the practical challenge of updating references in all i2 sites and subject outlines by the beginning of the 202030 session, the Executive Deans have endorsed a period of transition. This means that during this period (Jan – June) it will be acceptable for either APA (6th ed.) and APA (7th ed.) to be used in subject outlines, i2 sites, and submitted assessments from students i.e. they must not be penalised for using either version. For help with the transition and further details check out this post from Deb Wheeler
  • Late last year we kicked off a new alert in the fight against contract cheating put together by one of our 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 January alert. Once again if you identify any Charles Sturt materials (such as course materials, logos) on these websites, please forward those details to abellas@csu.edu.au.
  • Just a gentle reminder that under the Faculty’s minimum expectations for subject delivery outlines for subjects with multiple cohorts should,
    after a thorough QA process, be ready to be published by about now. As with the 201990 session, unless you override it, outlines won’t be published until 2 weeks prior to session start (17 February). It’s also important to ensure that your i2 site, is fully ready to support your students in their assessment tasks by that date. As part of that support make sure your landing page is informative and engaging! DLT’s updated subject preparation checklist, which includes calendar reminders for key tasks, aligns with the Faculty’s minimum expectations.

Let’s get into 2020!