Peer support

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Staff mentoring

When you are new to the role of coordinator it can be very important to access collegial support and mentoring. An initial way to approach this may be to find out if there is a staff mentoring system in your faculty. If not, then try seeking out amenable colleagues who are experienced coordinators. Talk to them about the tips and tricks that make their role easier, and strategies they use to help their students learn. This can really make a difference when you are starting out.

The Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) has a collection of articles about mentoring university teachers, which can be helpful for both the mentor and mentee.

Peer reviews of teaching

Peer reviews

Peer reviews of teaching can not only assist you in your teaching role, helping you to improve and develop teaching methods, they can also contribute to forming a teaching community in which many teachers benefit from each other’s experience and support.

Through peer reviews, teachers organise a mutual evaluation process and build collegial connections within their discipline, or across disciplinary or faculty boundaries. Check with your Head of department to see if your discipline area already has peer review practices in place. If not, invite a trusted colleague to engage in peer review with you.

See our section on Evaluating your teaching for more information about peer reviews.

Informal get-togethers

Informal seminars and lunch-time meetings are an excellent way to share thoughts and good practices, and thus to develop a network of support within a teaching community. You could speak your Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching to discuss ways of forming networks with others teaching first year. Taking a grassroots approach means that the meetings are able to cover topics most relevant to participants, and pertinent to current issues and concerns.

Sydney eLearning also arranges informal lunchtime sessions to facilitate sharing of ideas on blended learning and teaching.

Accessing other information

For more information about professional resources available in your faculty – for example, support on teaching large classes – speak to your Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, or check with colleagues on the Learning and Teaching Committee in your faculty.

The FYE website also brings together information and resources, much of which has been provided by experienced teachers at the University, which will assist you in your role. Take some time to explore the various sections of our site.