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Think-Pair-Share

Students are presented with a problem. They are given a short time to reflect individually before pairing up to discuss their views. One (or both) members then share their conclusions with the rest of the class or group.

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Chain Notes

This activity captures students’ on-the-spot reaction to the learning activity taking place. The facilitator writes a question on a large envelope which is passed around the class. Students quickly respond, placing responses in the envelope.

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Academic Staff Handbook

The academic staff handbook is a guide to teaching and learning at the University of Newcastle.

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Writing Effective Learning Outcomes

Effective learning outcomes are measurable, observable and specific statements that clearly indicate what a student should know and be able to do as a result of learning.

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming is listing as many ideas as possible about a topic. It allows you to discover what you already know and to draw connections between those ideas. You can brainstorm on your own or with others.

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Debates

A debate is a form of discussion between two parties holding different views on a topic. In the classroom, a debate involves individuals or teams presenting their argument in a structured manner. Each express their competing perspectives, with the aim of disputing the opposing view and asserting their own position.

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Communicating with Students

Tips for Tutors: office hours, email and discussion board communication with students.

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Jigsaw

Jigsaw is a collaborative group activity where students learn through communicating with each other about a skill, procedure, topic or problem. Learning is reinforced, and communication and teamwork skills developed when the students teach this to other students.

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KWHL

The KWHL Chart is essentially a graphic organiser that allows the student and the teacher to discern learning needs.

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Speed Dating

Speed dating is an activity where students can talk briefly to each other one-to-one by moving around in a circle.

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Role Play

Role playing involves students taking on roles and acting out a simulated situation. The roles adopted are usually prescribed and can be characters, objects or themselves.

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Storyboarding

Storyboards are graphic organisers to allow students to visualise a movie, animation, project, process, campaign, etc. Storyboarding is a useful active learning strategy for engaging students with a narrative, timeline or audio/ visual project.

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Response

Students are asked to write a paragraph that encourages them to reflect on what they found valuable from a particular learning activity. It can help students realise that the activity was designed for more than entertainment and reinforce learning outcomes.

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Checklist for New Tutors

To settle into your role as a tutor discuss this list of questions with the course coordinator before your first tutorial.

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The Tutor's Role

This guide provides an introduction to the tutor's role, including key responsibilities and tips for successful tutoring.

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Students in Distress

Recognise the warning signs of distress and learn how to respond or refer students for further support.

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Effective use of PowerPoint

Quick tips on making the most of PowerPoint

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Are you Learning or Grade Orientated?

Learning Orientation (LO) and Grade Orientation (GO) are not two ends of a spectrum but are instead two independent orientations. Neither orientation scale is inherently bad. Knowing your student’s orientation and your own orientation allows you to tailor classes to reach a range of learning styles and foster self-motivated learners.

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Checklist for Lab Demonstrators

To settle into your role as a lab demonstrator discuss this list of questions with the course coordinator before your first lab.

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Lab Demonstrators Role - for Course Coordinators

This checklist guides course coordinators in the appointment, leadership and supervision of lab demonstrators.

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Plus Minus Interesting

Plus/Minus/Interesting (PMI) is an Edward de Bono lateral and creative thinking strategy that prompts students to consider multiple approaches to a topic or issue.

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Mentoring Partnerships

Developing good relationships can be professionally and personally rewarding. Networking with and mentoring other academic staff can lead to new research and teaching interests and improve quality of life for all participants.

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Simultaneous Teaching

Simultaneous teaching, also known as hybrid or concurrent teaching, involves teaching a face-to-face and online cohort at the same time. Simultaneous teaching accommodates accessibility for all students, and can be an engaging mode of teaching and learning that enhances peer collaboration and belonging. The teacher presents to a face-to-face and online class simultaneously, often through Zoom or another online video conferencing tool. See the attached guide for tips, considerations, and strategies.

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Guide to Peer Observation

Peer observation is a form of peer review in which one instructor (the observer) observes a peer (the instructor) in their teaching and provides them with feedback on their areas of strengths and areas in which there is room for growth. This article contains templates and guidance on performing peer observation.

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Polls and Surveys

Polls and surveys are a quick way to gauge student knowledge of a topic, gather feedback, or to examine common beliefs about a topic.

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