Can you believe it’s March and Autumn already? The year is now in full swing and we are all preparing to teach. So let’s have a look at what is happening in the WPL space this month.
University Learning and Teaching Committee (ULTC) and WPL
The first meeting of ULTC for 2020 met on 17th February where some discussion was held around the management and monitoring of the WPL risk register. Since the disestablishment of WPLC the responsibility for the WPL policy and risk register has fallen to the Provost office. It was determined at the recent ULTC that a review of the risk register is now due. The three WPL Sub Deans along with new DLT WPL academic will lead the review.
ACEN NSW/ACT chapter planning day
The annual planning day for the NSW/ACT chapter was held in Sydney in February. The workshop was very productive and a number of important goals were achieved such as developing a code of conduct, review of the strategic priorities for 2020 and event planning. There’s lots to look forward to this year so watch this space for upcoming events.
Mentoring and Alumni
With the support of the Provost, a program headed up by Deputy Dean Sam Adeloju to match 3rd year work placement students to alumni is to be piloted in the Faculty of Science this year. It is hoped this will generate even better employability outcomes for our graduates. If the program proves to be successful it will be rolled out to the remaining two faculties in 2021.
The WPL professional team has a new member! Ruth McLeod has been with CSU some time and we are very pleased to see her join our team. Here’s what Ruth had to say:
“I worked with the Subjects team in Bathurst before relocating back to Wagga and continuing with the Subjects team. When my contract finished there, I was offered some work with the WPL team. I commenced with them early February and I’m in the process of learning my new role”.
Welcome to Lindy Croft-Piggins, the new DLT WPL academic. We are all looking forward to working with her over the next two years. Here’s a little about Lindy:
Lindy Croft-Piggin is a teacher educator seconded from the School of Education to DLT five years ago. She worked in the U!magine team, focusing on the introduction of innovative strategies to enhance online learning and then supported the development and evaluation of a model of best practice in online learning (the OLM). She went on to manage teams of Education Designers implementing the OLM strategies across the Faculties. Her experience with the field of workplace learning has included the supervision of students on prac, work as a student liaison officer for the NSW Department of Education, practicum preparation lecturer in the BTeach program and practicum liaison for the School of Education. In recognition of her leadership in education she became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) in 2017 and was appointed as a chair for initial Teacher Education Accreditation Panels by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership in 2019. She is a passionate, experienced educator looking forward to supporting students, staff and industry partners to enhance workplace engagement.