Support for new academics

HEDC building front door

The University’s Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) has operated a valued programme for new teachers over many years, but for new teachers appointed in 2010 and 2011 we piloted a new programme of support. The programme was designed for all those new teachers who will be developing an Otago Teaching Profile, and is particularly relevant to all new academic staff on confirmation track with teaching roles and to many new professional practice fellows. Every aspect of the programme is voluntary. Some learning opportunities within the programme are provided on multiple occasions. Some peer-to peer support gatherings make use of the Access Grid to enable colleagues on all four campuses to work together.

Participants in this programme may take part in as many or as few of the following activities as they wish. A more detailed programme will be provided on request.

An Inquiry into University Teaching

A 2-day event held at the beginning of semester 1, with workshops on theories of learning, course design, lecturing, using technology wisely, assessment and evaluation.

New Academic Staff Conference

A special annual event for new academic staff on confirmation track.

New Teachers’ Support Group

The group meets throughout the year, starting with the New Academic Staff Conference.

Pooling Teaching Tips (PTT)

Pooling Teaching Tips is a workshop held regularly at HEDC for all teaching staff at the University of Otago, but with a particular focus on those new to teaching in higher education.

Professional Development Programme workshops

Other workshops are held throughout the year on a wide range of learning and teaching topics.

If you are a new academic at the university, HEDC would be grateful if you could get in touch to help us update our database. Please contact Candi Young.