Teaching Tuesdays@CSU

Teaching Tips & Links for SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING

Issue 38 - Celebrating your teaching success

December 3, 2018

This is the final Teaching Tuesdays@CSU bulletin for 2018.

In this issue, we focus on 2018, referring to short articles on Celebrating your teaching successes, and tips to ensure Managing work-life balance during the break and a review of the most popular Teaching Tuesday topics of 2018.

photo: Australian Chrismas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum)

image source: Australian National Botanic Gardens http://www.anbg.gov.au/photo.

Thank you to all our subscribers and readers who sent in suggestions for topics and words of encouragement during 2018.

Teaching Tuesdays@CSU will return in January 2019.

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Wishing you a safe and joyous time over the Christmas/New Year break.

Kogi Naidoo & Ellen McIntyre


Implementing the CSU Values in your teaching.

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Celebrating your teaching success may not be that easy!!!

We end 2018 on a high note by encouraging you to celebrate your teaching successes.

Articles abound on teachers celebrating success of their students and that is as it should be. Articles also abound on evaluating teaching success through evaluations of student success and feedback. Celebrating teacher success is not the same as reflective practice, although both are related. Celebrating teachers' academic success includes teachers successfully gaining academic promotions and winning teaching awards and grants.

Where are the case studies and articles that help us to identify and celebrate our personal teaching triumphs?

I'm therefore requesting your contributions and feedback that share your successes. Is there literature that you are aware of? What have been your teaching successes for 2018? How are you celebrating your teaching successes? Forward your contributions to Ellen McIntyre, elmcintyre@csu.edu.au.

Here's help from the world of Google ...

Without Celebration, We Wither Away

By Rob Hopkins, Chris Johnstone

Source: www.resilience.org

Pausing to celebrate

  • helps you to realise the progress you've made and remember the reason you do what you do
  • helps to maintain enthusiasm and prevent burnout

Ways to celebrate

  • you can celebrate on your own
  • it's better to celebrate with others - social bonding and relationship building
  • share good news
  • know what it is you are celebrating about
  • make the celebration something meaningful
  • think of celebrations in the past that you liked, and build from there

Why celebrate?
  • respond positively to the good news of others
  • celebrate the small successes, not just the big ones
  • celebrate the effort as well as the positive outcomes
  • be grateful
  • show appreciation to colleagues
  • celebrate achievements so far, rather than being demoralised by the work still to be done

How to celebrate

Well, that's really up to you ...

  • throw a party
  • pamper yourself
  • take a holiday
  • go out to dinner

Try also

50 Shades of YAY

30 Ways to Celebrate Your Success

Healthy Ways to Celebrate Success

Celebrate your Wins for Maximum Impact


Words of encouragement and struggle


This list of teaching challenges

"...encourages us to consider those aspects of teaching that make it an intensely human endeavor; to acknowledge the failures and struggles, and to learn from them. Isn’t that one of most important lessons we teach our students? As lifelong learners, shouldn’t it apply to us, too?"

Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance: Managing Your Koyaanisqatsi

By Richard L. Riccardi, ScD

Source: Academic Leader - Institutional Culture

This article, directed at academic leadership, is applicable to all across the academic spectrum. As we approach a traditional time of a well-earned break in the academic calendar, we are challenged to get the balance right and make time for our personal replenishment. This includes not checking emails!

The term 'koyaanisqatsi' is a Hopi word defined as “life out of balance”. Read the article for further explanation of this concept.

The article goes on to suggest that in getting this balance wrong we risk decreasing overall productivity and potentially diminishing the quality of our work. So, what contributes to this imbalance? Email and 24-hour connectivity are two of the big ones.

Do you check and/or respond to your email when you are on leave or during out-of-work hours?

Do you send emails to colleagues when you know they are on leave?

The challenge - protect your personal time this break.

To meet this challenge, here are suggestions you can easily adopt. They include:

  • Manage and prioritise your time, making sure to include family time, social time, and alone time.
  • Define what is a real work emergency and develop alternative communication methods for those situations when you are on leave.
  • Manage expectations for communication with work colleagues. Don’t make 24-hour availability the “norm”.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Disconnect from technology at certain times – and really mean it!

In the end “YOU are the manager of YOUR koyaanisqatsi”.


Post script: Think about how your work-life balance is reflected in the ethos of CSU:

Yindyamarra Winhanganha

– the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.


Review of 2018 Teaching Tuesdays

Our most popular topics for 2018 were

Remember, all issues can be accessed from the folder Teaching Tuesdays.

We ran series of issues on the Nine Dimensions of Teaching (Issues 7 to 15); the Student Experience Survey (Issues 17 to 28); and an occasional series on the CSU Online Learning Model (Issues 24, 27, 33)

We have only scratched the surface of teaching tips for all of our topics. In 2019, we will follow up with more on our most popular topics and some of our reader requests, including:

  • Learning Analytics to improve teaching
  • Learning Spaces in the online and on-campus environment
  • Assessment of practical skills
  • Teaching for Graduate Learning Outcomes

Contact us to suggest topics that you would like to see.

Ellen McIntyre elmcintyre@csu.edu.au


Monday Morning Mentor

The final 2018 Monday Morning Mentor series has two more editions to run. Each online seminar has the same format as the 20-Minute Mentor but each topic is available for one week only.

Monday Morning Mentor topics for December:

Dec 03 - How Can Talking through Subject Evaluations Improve my Teaching?

Dec 10 - How Can Promoting Academic Integrity Improve Learning Outcomes for Students?

Access details will be published in What's New.

Alternatively, contact

Ellen McIntyre emcintyre@csu.edu.au

Matthew Larnach mlarnach@csu.edu.au


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1....Teaching support resources at CSU
2....CSU Professional Learning
3....Bonus CSU resource - Lynda.com
4....Magna Publications Subscriptions
5....Links to previous bulletins


1. Teaching support resources at CSU

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:


4. Magna Publications Subscriptions

All staff with a CSU email address have free access to our annual

CSU subscription to the

Magna Commons

Mentor Commons

The Teaching Professor and

Academic Leader.

Magna Commons offers on-demand versions of Magna's most popular Magna Online Seminars, covering a broad range of topics of interest to faculty & administrators. These longer videos are 45 to 90 minutes in length and are accompanied presentation handouts, full transcripts and supplementary resources and a certificate of completion, all are available for download.

Mentor Commons offers on-demand versions of Magna's popular 20-Minute Mentor programs, covering a broad range of faculty development topics. All videos are accompanied by text resources, links to online resources and a certificate of completion.

The Teaching Professor keeps readers informed of pedagogically sound techniques, new ideas, strategies that work, and pragmatic approaches for enhancing student learning and improving instructional effectiveness, regardless of teaching modality or academic discipline. Each week readers can expect thought-provoking and actionable advice on a wealth of critical topics in learning and teaching.

Academic Leader provides the information deans, chairs, and other academic decision-makers use for effective leadership within their colleges or departments and fulfil their institution’s primary missions of teaching and scholarship.

How to subscribe

Staff with a CSU login can obtain the CSU subscription codes from

What's New until Christmas,

Alternatively, contact

Ellen McIntyre elmcintyre@csu.edu.au or

Matthew Larnach mlarnach@csu.edu.au


3. Bonus CSU resource - Lynda.com

All CSU students and staff members have access to Lynda.com,

an online subscription library that teaches the latest business,

creative and software skills through high-quality instructional videos.

Why not take a course at your own pace?

There are thousands of courses at your disposal that you can take over the break.

Some suggestions:

Success Habits - short videos on a range of habits (2h 12m total)

Everyday Statistics - 26m 21s

Happiness Tips Weekly - 3h 31m

Visual Aesthetics for ELearning - 1h 45m

Interested in

Photography - 600+ courses to choose from.

Game Design - 36 courses

Music Lessons - 28 courses

... and plenty more topics to choose from in the Lynda.com Library


Upcoming Teaching Tuesdays issues...

Suggest topics that you would like for Teaching Tuesdays; or
Share your own teaching tips article.

Contact Ellen McIntyre elmcintyre@csu.edu.au to offer your suggestions.

5. Links to previous bulletins

Folder with all previous issues.

Issue 1 Group Work; Issue 2 Engagement; Issue 3 Engagement;

Issue 4 Academic Integrity; Issue 5 Feedback; Issue 6 Feedback;

Issue 7 Active Engagement; Issue 8 Building on Prior Learning;

Issue 9 Student Diversity; Issue 10 Learning Outcomes;

Issue 11 Deep Learning; Issue 12 The Teaching-Research Nexus;

Issue 13 Improving Student Learning; Issue 14 Planning for Effective Student Learning;
Issue 15 Feedback for Teaching; Issue 16 Gamification;
Issue 17 Activities for Effective Learning; Issue 18 Dialogic Feedback;

Issue 19 Student Evaluation; Issue 20 Enhancing Learning;
Issue 21 Rationale for Assessment; Issue 22 Motivating Learning; Issue 23 Peer Learning;
Issue 24 Improving Online Learning and Teaching; Issue 25 Teacher Presence;

Issue 26 Teaching Current Content; Issue 27 Online Learning Model;

Issue 28 Maximising Subject Experience Survey Response Rates; Issue 29 LEGO for Learning;

Issue 30 Intercultural Awareness for Learning; Issue 31 Reflective Teaching Practice;
Issue 32 Reflective Teaching for Learning; Issue 33 Teacher Presence Online;
Issue 34 Assessment Alternatives; Issue 35 Rubrics Demystified; Issue 36 Help! It's EDRS time; Issue 37 Managing Your Academic Workload

FoBJBS Newsletter: BJBS-News

FoA&E Newsletter: NeXus

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Kogi Naidoo

Dr Kogi Naidoo, FHERDSA and PFHEA, is Associate Professor and Director of the Learning Academy, Division of Learning and Teaching at Charles Sturt University, playing a strategic role contributing to and enhancing teaching, the curriculum and assessment practice, meeting both staff and student needs.

Learning Academy, Division of Learning & Teaching, Charles Sturt University

Teaching Tuesdays@CSU bulletins are edited by Ellen McIntyre
Lecturer, Academic Development in the Learning Academy at Charles Sturt University