SESSIONAL STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY Saturday, 28 March 2015 UWA Business School Building Programme 9.30am – 10.00am Registration 10.00 – 10.10am Welcome Session 1: Plenary 10.10 – 10.55am Wesfarmers Lecture Theatre Professor Gilly Salmon Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation) Plenary Address “Pleasures, challenges and opportunities for sessional teachers at UWA” Professor Denise Chalmers 10.55 - 11.05am Outline of the remaining activities for the day 11.05 – 11.15am Session 2: Concurrent Sessions 11.15 – 12.00 Changeover Break Room 260 Room 261 Room 262 Faculty-based Discussion groups Faculty-based Discussion groups Faculty-based Discussion groups 12.00 – 12.45pm Lunch UWA Business School Courtyard Session 3: Concurrent Sessions Room 261 Developing Skills Teaching with technology 12.45 – 1.30pm 1.35pm – 2.20pm Room 260 New Tutors Small group teaching: Discussion and student engagement Assessment and Feedback: Making it make a difference 2.20 – 2.45pm 2.45 – 3.30pm 3.30 pm Room 262 Beyond the basics Room 263 Faculty-based Discussion groups Room 263 Developing your career Teaching with technology 101 Linking with services that make your teaching easier With a little help from your friends: Collegial teaching support Powerpoint practice and troublesome knowledge Rubrics: Your solution to assessment woes So what do I do when I’m nominated for a teaching award…? Afternoon break Session 4: Plenary Wesfarmers Lecture Theatre Active learning? Practical engaging examples of things you can do in your classroom next week Farewell and Prize award Plenary Address: Prof Denise Chalmers Sessional teaching @ UWA: pleasures, challenges and opportunities Being a sessional teacher can provide many pleasures - building relationships with the students, seeing them grasp new concepts and building old learning into new learning. Your role in their learning is a critical part of their student experience. But with the pleasures of teaching and being a member of the university faculty also brings challenges. Pay, hours, communication, access to facilities and resources, relationships with colleagues, student issues and more can present challenges. What can you do about these, what opportunities are there to address these and be proactive as a sessional teacher? These will be explored in the presentation and throughout the program. Concurrent Sessions: Faculty Based Discussion groups Attendees will be invited to join common faculty groups where they will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from their own disciplines and to discuss faculty specific issues for sessional staff. Stream 1: New Tutors Small group teaching: Discussion and student engagement What happens when you ask the class a question and get deadly silence as the response? How do you initiate and maintain effective discussion amongst students in your tutorials or labs. How do you ensure that you include everyone and not just those students who always like to speak? This session will give you some ideas. Assessment and feedback Sessional teachers sometimes think that, since they don’t set the formal assessment tasks their input into the process is minimal, or at best of peripheral importance. Nothing could be further from reality! Some fundamental home truths about assessment, its purpose, its effect on student learning and the part you play in it will be discussed in this session. Stream 2: Developing skills teaching with technology Teaching with Technology 101 Come and learn some tricks that you may not have been aware of that can enhance and enliven and enlighten your teaching! Powerpoint practice and troublesome knowledge Drawn from a Teaching with PowerPoint workshop conducted for CATL, this session will appeal to those interested in developing engaging and effective PowerPoint presentations more likely to help students learn. See the expanded description attached to this program. Stream 3: Beyond the basics Linking with services that make your teaching easier There is a raft of services available on campus to help you with your teaching which you may not be aware of. CATL and Student Services join forces in this session to provide information on services and programs that are guaranteed to make your teaching easier. Rubrics: Your solution to assessment woes Marking taking way longer than you would like? Find it difficult to provide students with meaningful feedback? Worried about consistency in your marking? There may be a simple answer available in rubrics. This session will outline the benefits of using rubrics in your teaching and provide you the basics to construct your own rubric. Stream 4: Developing your career With a little help from your friends: Collegial teaching support If you care about improving your teaching practice, one of the best, most effective and enjoyable ways to do so is by engaging in a peer support program. Classroom observation carried out by a colleague can assist enormously in helping you realise real improvement in your teaching. This session will tell you how to get started. So what do I do when I’m nominated for a teaching award…? Sessional teachers are often justifiably nominated for faculty teaching awards. While it is a great recognition to be nominated the process which follows is considered daunting for some and, in some cases, enough for them to not proceed with the nomination. This session will tell you what to do should you be nominated for an award and even give you some tips to prepare you in case it happens! Plenary Session Surprise! A light hearted, hands-on way to conclude the day’s activities! Join us for this session and the opportunity to win one of several door prizes.