What is the difference between a Good Practice Guide and a tip sheet and why are CILT and Library staff developing so many of these resources? We’re glad you asked!
Good Practice Guides (GPGs) outline the pedagogical and strategic necessity for doing an activity or undertaking it in a certain way. For example, the Good practice guide – Developing learning outcomes explains why learning outcomes are important, how they need to be written and why they need to be written in a particular way, while the Good Practice Guide – Students are engaged in authentic and experiential learning, relates to one of Flinders’ Learning and Teaching Principles and explains how to ensure students have an authentic and experiential learning experience.
Tip sheets provide insight, ideas and tips about how to do the various things discussed in GPGs and/or when teaching.
We began developing these resources to support you in your teaching and to help you design and deliver topics and courses. They provide opportunities for you to get answers to questions you might have when you need the answers, not when someone is available to help you. All resources are based on research, practical knowledge and experience and are peer reviewed by experts from the area the resource is based in. So, you may also be approached to be a critical friend for a GPG or tip sheet. Once reviewed by experts they are checked again by staff across CILT and the Library to double check they are robust and usable.
Six new tip sheets have been published recently. The following two provide advice and guidance on ensuring all the students in your classes feel included:
The first focuses on supporting all students to learn (regardless of background, disability, etc.) in face to face settings while the second provides tips on how to ensure all students, regardless of their cultural heritage, are welcomed and feel a sense of belonging in FLO.
The tip sheet on Supporting students to successfully engage with the topic has a similar focus but it provides insights into how to present your FLO site to gain maximum engagement from your students and how to track they are engaging with the resources you provide.
The other three tip sheets published in the last month are linked to assessment:
These were developed to help you design your assessments to help your students appreciate what it is they need to do to meet the requirements of academic integrity. The resources provide ideas on how to reconsider your assessments. They also provide tips on supporting students to gain the skills and knowledge to become successful learners and graduate with the improved capacity to meet the expectations of industry.
To date we have created about forty GPGs and tip sheets on various teaching related topics and we are constantly developing more. An up to date list of Good practice guides and tip sheets is available on the Learning and Teaching website.
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Senior Academic Developer (Teaching Specialist) – CILT