Preparing for Teaching: Semester 1 2022

Are you teaching at Flinders in Semester 1, 2022? There is support available to help you prepare, regardless of whether your topic is face-to-face, online or hybrid.

Need help updating your FLO site before students get access? Take a look at the Preparing for teaching in FLO site. An ‘Interactive checklist of key tasks (quick view)’ that you can tick off as you go is available as a Word document. The suggested timeline starts 2-3 months prior to topic commencement. Do not be daunted if you feel behind schedule already – this handy checklist will help you cover the basics and might remind you of ideas you may have otherwise forgotten. All points link to relevant information, forms and resources. Nothing is assumed: this site will help you find key contacts and information.

If you need design advice, you can book a session with the Learning Designer in your college. Alternatively, you can contact eLearning Support via Service One (Choose Education Services – FLO – General Query).

Teaching practice and topic design
The Academic Development team can help translate your teaching ideas into a solid teaching plan for your topic and how you teach it. Visit the Learning and Teaching principles page or contact CILT to speak with an academic developer. You could also come along to one of their workshops, most of which are available across campuses via videoconference or Collaborate on request.

Need help with your Readings list or navigating the Readings system? Contact the Learning Access team via the Readings query in Service One (choose Education Services – Readings query) for help. Links to the Readings system can be found in your FLO sites. The great thing about the Readings system is that the Library will make sure your resources are compliant with copyright and legislative requirements so that the University can meet its legal obligations, which means you do not need to worry about this.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Library is not currently staffed; however 7 or 14 day loans are still available. Staff who wish to borrow resources can still do so using SendIt. Note that the Library is focused on providing access to the Library’s collection via eBooks where possible.

Resources for teaching
View the Copyright website to find out about educational resources such as audio, images and video that you can use to supplement teaching material. Use Service One for any specific queries about copyright in material you wish to use.

Have you used Open Educational Resources (OERs)? OER’s include textbooks, quizzes, full courses, lesson plans, syllabus, modules, case studies, assignments, multimedia, images and more! To search for possible OERs that you can use, visit the Creative Commons OER page.

The Library can help you locate online resources for your topic. There is an extensive range of materials available – from electronic textbooks to multimedia. Many of these you can source from the Library’s subscription collections; others are accessible through quality open educational resources that are free to use (and often adaptable). View the Online Content for Topics Guide or contact the Learning and Teaching Library Services Team for assistance via Service One – Online Content for Topics.

The university’s textbook form is the official way to alert the Library and Disability Services of your textbook needs. You can also access this from the Library Readings page for Teaching Staff and via your FLO site.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 related restrictions are impacting on the transport of textbooks. As such, please be mindful that students and the Library may not be able to procure print textbooks in a timely fashion if at all in some instances. The earlier you can provide your textbook information to the Library the greater the chance that your textbook will be made available to students in time for Semester 1.

If you need help, please contact the Learning Access Team via the link above.

Library familiarisation for students
The Library Learning and Teaching team can help your students learn the information and research skills they need to succeed at university. For more ideas on how our team can help you and your students, visit the Library Literacy Gateway. Contact us via Service One using the form Embedding library skills in my topic.

The OLT team are developing short (30 minute) workshops for staff to assist them in preparing for whatever 2022 delivers. The format will be 20 minutes of targeted practical advice and tips, followed by 10 mins of Q&A and then a learning designer will send a follow-up email with links to resources. Workshops will include focus on ‘Hybrid Classes’, ‘Planning for Semester 1 (face-to-face/online/Hybrid)’, ‘Ensuring Positive First Weeks’, ‘Interaction, Community and Connection for Engagement’. You can sign up for these through iEnrol. Staff who are teaching in January and February who need assistance can also contact the Learning Designer in their College.

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