Balanced Teaching Period 2017: Guidance on preparing for Orientation and Week 1
We know that it is critical for student success to have the best possible start in their first few weeks of study. With the changes to the academic calendar, there are also new requirements for what must be provided to students in all subjects by the start of the Orientation period and Week 1. So this is a very good time to review how we are enabling students to have the best possible start to the session. We have provided some very brief guides to help you with this. Download the guides individually, or grab the whole set (pdf).
Introduction: The background one page description provides an overview and invites you to consider three ‘templated levels’ for an introduction to your subject. Download this document and Bronze below to get going. To move past the basic requirements check out the ideas in the other levels. As your Faculty may have additional expectations, or different deadlines, please make sure you’ve checked your faculty requirements.
Bronze: This is the basic level of welcome activity that is expected for all subjects under the new academic calendar 2017. Download this to understand the baseline practice for student success in preparing for your subject. Perhaps you are new to UTSOnline, new to teaching, or have agreed with your Faculty to hit the minimum requirement.
Silver: Moving beyond the base requirement level, you can add to this with some extra quality or interactivity. We have a few suggestions of good things you could add to your basic UTSOnline site to get students better prepared for a good start with your subject when they meet with you in Week one.
Gold: Add to your Silver preparation with an idea or two from these best-practices – for the most engaged and interested students. Here we consider some extra elements you might use to set a very strong tone for a high quality interaction with you in 2017.