Working with colleagues

Administration issues               Team teaching         Accessing support
       Service teaching         
    Peer review of teaching             

As a unit of study (UoS) coordinator you will often be working alongside colleagues to develop and implement the curriculum. See Unit of study design for information on designing and developing your unit. You may also be involved with academic colleagues in team teaching or service teaching situations.

Administration issues

Administration may be may be entirely the responsibility of the unit coordinator, or shared across the teachers of the course or the teaching team of a particular UoS, or particular issues may be devolved to service teachers and/or administrative support staff.

The more colleagues involved, the more complex administration can become, so it is a good idea to clarify who is responsible for particular tasks. Make sure that all in the team are also aware of other team members’ responsibilities, so there is no confusion or doubling up of resources.

Also, consider any administrative support staff roles related to your unit as part of your team. Remember that good relationships with admin staff will make your role as coordinator much easier.

See Leading a teaching team for more information.

Team teaching

Working with staff

Team teaching involves two or more colleagues planning, presenting and evaluating a unit of study.
A well-coordinated teaching team will give the students a consistent and satisfying experience of the UoS. If a unit coordinator does not involve fellow teachers and administrative support staff in the unit and fails to communicate with the group members, the learning experience of students is likely to suffer.

Regular meetings or other forms of communicating should continue through the semester. Share your plans and expectations with others in the team and encourage others to share theirs. Also encourage your team members to share teaching strategies that work, and difficulties they may be experiencing. This can also help to identify issues before they become problems. Effective learning, particularly in large classes, is usually the result of an effective teaching team.

See Team teaching for more information.

Service teaching

If you are a service teacher, eg teaching physics to engineers, psychology to pharmacy students, or biology to education students, it is important to communicate with the relevant program directors.

In service teaching situations you will most likely be working with colleagues from a different faculty and may not see each other unless you organise regular meetings. If you are a service teacher coordinating a unit of study, or if you have service teachers involved in your UoS, remember to keep the lines of communication open.

During the semester, it is useful to share with the program director information about student progress, particularly if a student is having particular difficulties.

See Service teaching for more information.

Peer review of teaching

Working with colleagues to review each others’ curriculum, learning activities, learning and teaching methods/approaches, and assessment can be an efficient and effective way to benefit from each others’ experiences. See Peer Review of Teaching in Evaluating your teaching.

Accessing Support

In team teaching situations you may also be directing or managing people who are your peers, or who are more senior to you. If you have difficulties with managing or negotiating power relationships, there are a number of courses to develop skills in the section onlearning to lead on our Leading a teaching team page.

For other support and advice, see Support for coordinators.