Welcome to new staff and new teachers

We have a great teaching and learning community here in the Teaching and Learning Community @ Unitec. We aim to support you in your role as an educator in a professional, technical or vocational education programme. Please take time to invite your new staff and new teachers to join our community over the next couple of weeks. To encourage them to join us and become involved I have prepared a Welcome Back Pack.  If you would like to invite a colleague to join the community.

1. Send them this link http://tlcommunityunitec.ning.com/?xgi=3pFnoxLznWVfZF

2. Tell them to answer the questions "Do you have ac. or edu. in your email address?" "ac"

Thank you for supporting your new colleagues and building our community. 

Welcome Back Pack

Two great publications for new teachers. Signposts and Goalposts are two publications from Ako Aotearoa that give hard resources and advice to new teachers. 

The New York Times offers 10 Technology Tips for students and teach... In this article there are 10 things to do to improve your technological life. They are easy and (mostly) free. Altogether, they should take about two hours; one involves calling your cable or phone company, so that figure is elastic. If you do them, those two hours will pay off handsomely in both increased free time and diminished anxiety and frustration. You can do it.

What is the important question for teachers to ask about their course? 

It is that time of year, when you take your first look at the courses you are teaching this year. No doubt you are perusing your resources, notes, Moodle/Blackboard site, and your assessments. As you are doing this, what question are you asking yourself?

Back in 1995 when Team New Zealand won the America's Cup their campaign was focused on a single value - "Does it make the boat go faster?".  Before undertaking any activity they would ask this simple question.  If the answer was no, it wasn't worth doing.

10 steps to developing successful lesson plans

As teachers all over the world will tell you, there is more than one way to create a lesson plan. You will need to find a template that suits you, your course, and your students. We have a few ideas or principles which may help you.

Designing courses for significant learning:

We believe you cannot beat Fink's approach to good course design. This resource explains the benefits of Fink's model and gives you access to his complete package of resources.

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