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Developing your academic career

Orientation program

Your colleagues from your Faculty, School or Department will be important sources of information for all those day to day things you need to know as a new academic. Apart from this, there are two types of centrally organised orientation programs. They have different focuses so you should plan to come to both.

The UTS Human Resource Unit offers an orientation to UTS for all new UTS staff members four times each year. It includes information about the university and a morning tea where you can meet senior staff members. For further information please contact Client Services and Support clientservices@uts.edu.au or phone 9514-1060.

IML orientation for new academic staff

IML offers an orientation for all new academic staff. You can participate in the orientations in either February or July i.e. just before the start of either of the main UTS semesters. The timetable of most recent event is below.

To register for these sessions (for handout and catering purposes), please go to https://futures.uts.edu.au/events/ 


Thursday 16 February 2017, 9.30-12.30pm
Subject design for Learning.Futures, CB01.27.014

Thursday 23 February 2017, 9.30-1.30pm
Being an academic at UTS & 'market session' lunch, CB01.27.014

Friday 24 February 2017, 9.30-12.30pm
GradCertHEd introduction & developing your reflective teaching portfolio, CB01.27.014

Thursday 2 March 2017, 9.30-12.30pm
Active and Collaborative Learning in the classroom, CB01.27.014

Thursday 9 March 2017, 9.30-12.30pm
UTS learning and teaching technology showcase, CB06.04.040

Thursday 16 March 2017, 9.30-11.30am
Online learning at UTS, CB11.04.300


Orientation session descriptions

Being an academic at UTS and 'market session' lunch

This session is for teaching and research academics new to UTS. In it we'll be discussing how you can make the most of the program to survive being a new staff member and develop and advance your academic career. We will try to help you make connections between the development program, your goals and work plans and the processes of tenure, probation and promotion. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to discuss issues and ask questions.

Make connections with people who can provide support for staff and students. Successful new academics tend to seek out and get to know useful contact people across the university. This 'market session' is your opportunity to meet and ask individual questions of people who provide help for your academic work and/or for your students. These include representatives from the following UTS units, centres, schools and service groups:

•   Research & Innovation Office

•   Graduate Research School

•   Maths Study Centre

•   UTS Library

•   Student Services Unit

•   Planning & Quality Unit

•   Equity & Diversity Unit

•   Information Technology Division

.... as well as other relevant groups will be present to chat with you, answer individual questions and provide information about their services for staff and/or students.


Subject design for Learning.Futures

This workshop is for new academic staff who are co-ordinating a subject at UTS for the first time and for others interested in discussing and refreshing their understandings of subject design. We explore how the UTS model of learning and the learning.futures approach are integral to promoting engaging, interactive and inspiring student learning environments in UTS subjects. We discuss ways of designing subjects to encourage student learning and success, and introduce resources available for subject outlines, authentic assessment, feedback and learning support.

Active and collaborative learning in the classroom

In this workshop we will explore ways of starting off well with your students and encouraging effective learning and teaching from the beginning of semester in lectures and tutorials. Interpersonal interactions and engagement techniques aligned to the UTS Learning.Futures strategy will be explored. This highly participative session will enable you to experience the effects of various techniques and how your students may benefit from them. This session is open to new and ongoing academics and casuals.


UTS learning and teaching technology showcase

A range of technology is available to support learning and teaching at UTS. This showcase provides a series of 20 minute demonstrations covering a range of technologies you might like to use in your teaching. The information will be presented by people experienced in using technology at UTS and there will be opportunities to ask questions on which technology is appropriate to your learning and teaching context. Demonstrations include:

  • Tips & Tricks with YouTube to help prepare your content for online delivery
  • Using Wordpress to encourage student creation
  • An introduction to thinking visually in learning and teaching
  • Giving student feedback using SPARK or REVIEW
  • Facilitating group work in the cloud using Google products
  • Using Lynda.com for teaching and learning
  • Online quizzes for flipped learning, quick feedback or diagnostics
  • Making reading social with A.nnotate
  • Clickers for engaging large classes
  • Preparing your students for your subject with a simple video or screencast introduction


Online learning at UTS

UTSOnline is now being utilised in all subjects being taught across the university to support students in their learning. In this session you will be introduced to the most significant and practical uses and features of UTSOnline including setting up your subject site, enrolling your students, adding content to your subject and engaging your students in online activities.


GradCertHEd introduction & developing your reflective teaching portfolio

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning is offered by the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning to help academic staff reflect critically on their teaching and its influence on student learning. This workshop introduces future participants to the main themes of the course and how these help them understand their own experiences and those of their students and colleagues, as well as the research on learning and teaching in higher education. Participants discuss what they expect to achieve in the course and see examples of reflective teaching portfolios that meet the course requirements.