Teaching & Learning

Unit Design

At the University of Tasmania, the design (and redesign) of our units is defined by our model of blended learning (Brown, Kregor, & Williams, 2013) and the framework of constructive alignment (Biggs & Tang, 2011). It is typically the unit coordinator who takes carriage of this design, in consultation with the course coordinator, and with final approval from the relevant Faculty's Learning and Teaching Committee.

Teaching staff are supported in their understanding and capacity to design and redesign units through completion of a Graduate Certificate of University Learning and Teaching (an exit point from the Bachelor of Education with Professional Honours (Higher Education) (E4W)).

Throughout the (re)design and (re)development cycle,  evidence of and feedback on the quality and appropriateness of your unit design should be collected to be used as part of the evaluation and improvement process.

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Constructive Alignment

Units are designed so that the Learning Activities and Assessments are aligned with one another and support and measure students' achievement of the unit's Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs).

Learn more about Constructive Alignment.

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Blended Learning Model

The Blended Learning Model ensures students, regardless of their location, time and mode of study, are able to access core information about their units and courses, communicate with teachers and peers, access high-quality resources and receive feedback on their progress.

Learn more about the UTAS Blended Learning Model.

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Planning a Unit

When planning and (re)designing and (re)developing a unit, planning documents and templates can be of great assistance to make the process smoother, and to ensure that you keep the most important things in mind.

Access resources and templates to help your Plan a Unit, and to design and record the evaluation of student engagement in your unit.

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Inclusive Practices

Catering for all of the students in your unit is an important aspect of teaching. At present we have an increasingly diverse students cohort, and understanding who our students are, and the practices we need to embrace to ensure they each have equal access to learning in our unit is vital.

Learn more about inclusive practices.

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Evaluation

Seeking feedback on the success of your teaching and the quality of students' experience is important for a number of reasons, including: Professional / Pedagogical Evaluation, Institutional and Societal Evaluation, and Personal Evaluation.

Learn more about evaluating your unit.

Unit Coordination Checklist

Order a MyLO site for the unit

A MyLO site for a unit must be ordered through MyLO Manager every time a unit is offered. This is not automated, but some Schools do have procedures in place for staff other than the Unit Coordinator to do this. Therefore, it is prudent to check with your Head of School to confirm the expected process.

Organise the unit's MyLO site

Even if you select a Previous Delivery template when ordering the site, there should be plenty of changes and updates that will need to be made.

Write the Unit Outline

Once the Unit Outline is finalised, you will need to save it as a PDF and upload it to your unit's MyLO site.

Manage text books from the Co-op Bookshop

If there is a required text(s) for the unit, it/they will need to be managed through the Co-Op bookstore in plenty of time for orders to be made.

Make a Reading List request from the Library

These must be requested prior to every semester the unit is being offered in. To be sure the texts will be available from the start of semester, the request needs to be made at least 8 weeks prior to semester start.

Make a MyMedia booking for lecture recording

If you wish your lectures to be recorded, or to have a place to upload recordings of your own, you will need to make a request prior to the start of semester. If done through MyLO Manager, a direct link from your MyLO site to the MyMedia recordings can be automated.

Speak to your School Timetabling Officer

You will need to discuss the teaching schedule for the unit, and work with your School's assigned timetabling officer to ensure the unit's requirements are met. More information about timetabling can be found on the Timetable website.