Teaching Tuesdays@CSU

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Issue 74 - Integrate Values in Your Annual Review (EDRS) Goals

October 22, 2019

As the end of the year approaches it is time for the academic round of the Employee Development and Review Scheme (EDRS) at Charles Sturt. The scheme provides the opportunity for academics and their supervisors to review the year just past and agree on goals for the coming year.

The Charles Sturt Capability Framework is intended to help you determine your own development objectives. The Division of Human Resources has produced the CSU Capability Development Guide with concrete suggestions for objectives you can set against each of the strategies in the framework. The first of our articles focuses on some of these suggestions and looks at how these business-framed objectives can be converted into the academic context.

As well, all Charles Sturt employees are expected to include a Values objective related to the four Charles Sturt ValuesInsightful, Inclusive, Impactful, Inspiring. Readers of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU will be aware that each week we identify the Value that most closely aligns with the content for the week. Our second article lists the issues associated with each of the Values.

This week's topics:

  1. Capability Framework and the EDRS
  2. Values in Teaching

Professional Learning opportunities this week

29 October. CRADLE In Conversation: Student Feedback Literacy – The Current Landscape and Future Horizons. Streamed live online at 2:00pm. For more information and to register, visit the event page.

See below for details of Professional Learning opportunities this week at Charles Sturt University.


1. Capability Framework and the EDRS

Reading time: 4 minutes

There are many threads to pull together when undertaking the annual EDRS review. One of the planning suggestions in the EDRS Learner Guide Academic is to “Set development objectives, based on the CSU Capability Framework”.

The Capability Framework consists of three strategic capabilities:

  • Get Results (Service Focused, Business Savvy, Innovative);
  • Take Ownership (Live our Values, Take Action, Adapt to Change); and
  • Collaborate with Others (Network, Listen Closely, Influence).

The Capability Development Guide recommends a balance of development goals based on the 70:20:10 Learning and Development Model (Lombardo & Eichinger, 1996). It provides suggested development goals for each of the strategic capabilities based on

  • Experience (70%);
  • Exposure (20%); and
  • Education (10%).

Together these form 27 categories for which development goals have been created. We have selected a sample of these suggestions and converted them to an academic alternative interpretation with accompanying resources.

GET RESULTS. Service Focused. Experience – Learning on the Job

  • Suggested goal: Anticipate your customers’ needs and is there one thing your customer might need but has not asked for yet?
  • Academic alternative: In the academic context, students can be regarded as the ‘customers’. Set a goal to explore a pedagogical practice (e.g. First Year Curriculum Principles) and incorporate elements into your learning design.

GET RESULTS. Business Savvy. Education – Learning Formally

  • Suggested goal: Read 'Serious Creativity’ by Edward De Bono which focuses on the power of lateral thinking. This is a good suggestion.
  • Academic alternative: Set a goal to explore the range of Creativity self-help resources on LinkedIn Learning (e.g. Creative Thinking (47m 22s).

GET RESULTS. Innovative. Exposure – Learning from Others

  • Suggested goal: Work with a mentor to seek guidance on continuous improvement processes and opportunities.
  • Academic alternative: Formative Peer Review provides the opportunity to share innovative teaching practice with colleagues. Set a goal to undertake Formative Peer Review in 2020.

TAKE OWNERSHIP. Live Our Values. Experience – Learning on the Job

  • Suggested goal: Undertake reflective activities e.g. What did I do well in that situation? What could/would I do differently to achieve a better outcome?
  • Academic alternative: Set a goal to implement reflective practice for teaching. Use the strategies outlined in Teaching Tuesdays@CSU, issue 31: Reflective Teaching Practice.

TAKE OWNERSHIP. Take Action. Education – Learning Formally

  • Suggested goal: Read The Successful Managers Guide to Business Planning by David Freemantle.
  • Academic alternative: Set a goal to read about the latest trends in Feedback for Learning. Read the book reviewed in issue 68 of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU: Winstone, N. E., & Carless, D. (2020). Designing Effective Feedback Processes in Higher Education: A Learning-Focused Approach. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 208 pages. The eBook version is available through Charles Sturt University Library.
  • Another new publication is Henderson, M, Ajjawi, R., Boud, D., & Molloy, E. (Eds.) (2019). The impact of feedback in higher education. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

TAKE OWNERSHIP. Adapt to Change. Experience – Learning on the Job

  • Suggested goal: Keep a reflective journal and make a list of things that make you feel stressed. For each, write the most typical way you react and list two different ways you can handle it that would help you stay focused, productive and accomplish your work.
  • Academic alternative: Set a goal to manage your academic workload. See issue 37 of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU: Managing your academic workload.
  • Explore the resources for managing stress available on LinkedIn Learning (e.g. Managing Stress for Positive Change).

COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS. Network. Exposure – Learning from Others

COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS. Listen Closely. Education – Learning Formally

  • Suggested goal: Read communication books such as Communicating Effectively by Lani Arrendondo, read blogs or articles or watch Ted Talks or YouTube clips. This is a good academic goal.

COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS. Influence. Education – Learning Formally

  • Suggested goal: Subscribe to Mind Tools. A good idea.
  • Academic alternative: Set a goal to access to the Charles Sturt subscription to Magna Publications and commit to watching webinars of interest to your teaching or career development.

These are just a few possible options for aligning your academic goals with the Capability Framework and the Values. Why not explore the dozens of suggested goals and devise your own academic alternatives for your unique context? The suggested resources in this article will provide a good starting point to support your goals.

Reference: Lombardo, M., & Eichinger, R. (1996). The Career Architect Development Planner. Minneapolis: Lominger.


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2. Values in Teaching

Each week since issue 2 of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU we have included a link to one of the four Charles Sturt Values. The rationale for including the Values has been to prompt our readers to examine how incorporating strategies from the week's content helps to demonstrate that Value in their teaching practices.

We hope that the list below can help you with your thinking for EDRS and how you plan to develop and demonstrate the Values in your teaching in 2020. Each of the Values is listed with the issues in which that particular Value was identified.

INSIGHTFUL 7, 8, 11, 21, 27, 31, 32, 35, 40, 42, 44, 55, 66, 68

INCLUSIVE 9, 23, 25, 30, 39, 41, 48, 54

IMPACTFUL 2, 5, 6, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18, 28, 33, 37, 46, 51, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 70, 71, 72

INSPIRING 22, 3, 4, 12, 14, 16, 19, 20, 24, 26, 29, 34, 43, 45, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53, 57, 67, 69, 73

The Issue List is updated every week and contains links to each issue.

Two issues at the end of last year highlighted ALL the Values:

Issue 36: Help! It's EDRS time - last year's companion to the current issue.

Issue 38: Celebrating Your Teaching Success.


Monday Morning Mentor

The highly popular Monday Morning Mentor Fall (USA) series is on again. Charles Sturt University staff who have accessed these webinars have enjoyed the topics and the format of these 20-minute video presentations.

The next topic is titled

How Can I Create a Platform for Difficult Conversations in the Online Classroom?

It becomes available on October 22 (AEST).

Access details will be published in What's New and on Yammer.

Staff with a Charles Sturt Magna Publications login can access the webinar directly from their Mentor Commons account.

Alternatively, contact

Ellen McIntyre emcintyre@csu.edu.au



1....Teaching support resources at Charles Sturt
2....Links to previous bulletins

3....Professional Learning at Charles Sturt
4....Bonus resource - LinkedIn Learning

5....Magna Publications Subscriptions


1. Teaching support resources at Charles Sturt

You have access to a range of quality CSU resources to help you incorporate educational resources and techniques into your teaching. Check out the following:


2. Links to previous bulletins

Charles Sturt University Learning & Teaching Newsletters

Division of Learning and Teaching: DLT News

FoBJBS Newsletter: BJBS-News

FoA&E Newsletter: NeXus

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Our Twitter feed includes links to further hints, tips and resources in the broader field of teaching in higher education.


4. Bonus resource - LinkedIn Learning

All Charles Sturt University students and staff members have access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com).

This online subscription library provides high-quality instructional videos to teach the latest business, creative and software skills, as well as an extensive range of teaching tips.

A search for Performance Review courses in Continuing Education returned several options, including the course:

Leading Yourself (54m), comprised of 15 short videos with topics such as Motivating Yourself, Goal Setting, Rewarding Yourself and Peer to Peer Leadership.

NOTE: Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning and all Charles Sturt University Lynda.com accounts were transferred to LinkedIn Learning accounts on July 8. View some introductory videos for LinkedIn Learning with the links in Issue 64 of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU.


4. Magna Publications Subscriptions

All staff with a Charles Sturt University email address have FREE access to our annual subscription to the four different high quality resources for enhancing practice.

Video seminars: Mentor Commons (20 minutes) and Magna Commons (40-90 minutes) also include the presentation handouts, full transcripts and supplementary resources that are available for download if you don't have time to listen to the seminar.

Text-based resources: The Teaching Professor (for teaching staff) and Academic Leader (for those in academic and administration leadership roles).

How to subscribe

There is a single Charles Sturt subscription code to access all four of these resources.

Staff with a Charles Sturt University login can obtain the code and subscription instructions from this What's New link.

Alternatively, contact

Ellen McIntyre elmcintyre@csu.edu.au or

Matthew Larnach mlarnach@csu.edu.au


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