Teaching Tips & Links for SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
Issue 38 - Celebrating your teaching success
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.
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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.
Celebrating your teaching success may not be that easy!!!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's help from the world of Google ...
Without Celebration, We Wither Away
By Rob Hopkins, Chris Johnstone
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
- 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
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: 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:
– the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.
Review of 2018 Teaching Tuesdays
- Teaching Current Content - Issue 26
- Improving Online Learning and Teaching - Issue 24
- Feedback - Issues 5, 6
- Assessment Alternatives - Issue 34
- Reflective Teaching Practice - Issue 31
- Engagement - Issues 2, 3, 7
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 email@example.com
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.
Ellen McIntyre firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Larnach email@example.com
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES
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:
- Teaching at CSU - the Division of Learning and Teaching website with links to resources for Teaching Staff, Online Learning, Assessment, Curriculum, Indigenous Curriculum, Workplace Learning, Technologies, Feedback and Analytics, and Learning Spaces.
- Resources for Learning and Teaching Academic and Professional Staff - searchable CSU database
- Learning Technologies - the starting point for a range of learning design options
- CSU Learning Exchange: Technologies in Context - a searchable database to promote online learning and teaching strategies
- The CSU wiki - a faculty-based source of learning and teaching information and strategies
2. CSU Professional Learning
Sample of offerings this week:
Writing criteria and standards. Adobe Connect online session.
5 December 1:00 pm OR
6 December 1:00 pm.
Launching Graduate Learning Outcomes in Subjects. On-campus sessions.
Bathurst 6 Dec 2:00 pm OR
7 Dec 10:00 am
2. CSU Professional Learning
4. Magna Publications Subscriptions
All staff with a CSU email address have free access to our annual
CSU subscription to the
The Teaching Professor and
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,
Ellen McIntyre firstname.lastname@example.org or
Matthew Larnach email@example.com
3. Bonus CSU resource - 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.
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
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
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5. Links to previous bulletins
Folder with all previous issues.
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 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
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FoA&E Newsletter: NeXus
Teaching Tuesdays@CSU Contacts
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