Managing Teaching Teams Effectively

By Martijntje M. Kulski and Rosemary Kerr.

Published by The Learner Collection

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After years of reduced Government funding, high student-to-staff ratios are a now a reality in many Australian universities, alongside an increasingly casualised workforce and a growing reliance on technology enhanced teaching. At the same time, the Australian Government has set ambitious new targets in the attainment rate for bachelor degrees by 2025, which promises to lead to a further rapid expansion of the sector post 2012. In this context, the assurance of teaching quality in large enrollment courses, which are taught across multiple campuses and in various modes, poses significant challenges for course coordinators. Thus, the requirement to become an effective manager of a teaching team, which often has a high proportion of casual and contract staff, is one example of the changing nature of academic work in an increasingly complex higher education landscape. This case study explores a course coordinator’s approach to the collegial development and management of an effective teaching team in a large enrollment undergraduate Business Studies course. The aim was to improve the student learning experience and outcomes through effective teamwork and by developing a shared understanding amongst the team members of best practice in teaching and assessment.

Keywords: University Teaching and Learning, Team Teaching, Academic Staff, Effective Management

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.149-160. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 748.125KB).

A/Prof Martijntje M. Kulski

Associate Professor, Centre for eLearning, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Dr. Martijntje (Tina) Kulski is an Associate Professor in the Centre for eLearning at Curtin University in Western Australia. Tina has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Education in the area of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She has extensive experience in university teaching and academic staff development as well as in higher education consultancy and research. Her research focuses on policies and practices that enhance the quality of university teaching and related professional and organisational development issues.

Dr. Rosemary Kerr

Teaching and Learning Facilitator, School of Accounting, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Dr. Rosemary Kerr works in academic development and teaching and learning in the Curtin Business School, School of Accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Education (first class honours) and a PhD in History. Her research interests include development in quality tertiary teaching in the business context and supporting student transition into higher education.

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