Message from the CASPD head
Welcome to the Centre for Academic Staff Professional Development (CASPD). This Centre will provide a range of innovative and long-term initiatives and services to promote and facilitate best practices in teaching and learning at UOWD.
These initiatives and services include:
- A series of workshops on curriculum development, pedagogical tools, assessment tasks, and e-learning methodologies;
- A series of workshops to offer practical advice on research-related issues such as publishing, leading and managing research projects, writing grant proposals and research papers;
- Workshops and Seminars to strengthen research-teaching nexus, including using research to inform teaching;
- A platform for academic staff to share best practices in teaching and learning for continuous improvement;
- A program for peer-based observation of teaching combined with self-evaluation, available to all academic staff;
- Individual consultations for staff members to assist them with student management systems, technologies and effective teaching strategies to facilitate deep learning;
- An interactive website with resources and materials to support faculty with learning and teaching.
In addition, CASPD will have responsibility for running the University Learning and Teaching (ULT) modules. Unit 1, which all new academics are required to take, will consist of a series of workshops designed and delivered by higher education experts from the region. Unit 2 will comprise peer observation, feedback and self improvement initiatives to make the enhancement of teaching a continuous process.
Dr. Payyazhi Jayashree
Head, Centre for Academic Staff Professional Development
UOWD academic staff members can schedule individual consultations with the CASPD Co-ordinators about all aspects of their teaching, including subject development, assessment, teaching and learning strategies, evaluation and feedback, and use of e-Learning technologies.
Faculty Development ongoing workshops
Faculty Development courses and programs
- SMP User Manual
- University Learning and Teaching Course (ULT)
- Supervisory Accreditation Program - February & March 2011
- Case Writing and Teaching Workshop - January 2010
- Faculty members championing the Blended Learning initiative : Presentation and Briefing - June 15, 2011
- Blackboard - Instructor and Student manuals
- Presentation by Professor Rob Castle at UOWD: Teaching and learning at UOW - October 5, 2011
WebCT Vista is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at UOWD. WebCT facilitates online learning to complement face-to-face interaction in the classroom. It offers a variety of tools for staff to provide student resources such as lecture materials, quizzes, readings, etc. as well as other information such as grades and announcements. Students are also able to interact online by using the electronic bulletin board to post messages, and the chat facility to conduct discussions in real time. Other e-Learning Technologies such as eduStream, TurnItIn and e-Readings can also be linked directly into WebCT making it a single access point for students.
eduStream is a system developed at the University of Wollongong in Australia that provides students with access to recorded lectures, as well as other learning materials. UOWD students are able to access audio recordings of lectures held in Wollongong (in addition to viewing the corresponding lecture notes) online and at any time. eduStream is available for most UOWD subjects. Staff who wish to use eduStream must make prior arrangements with the eduStream co-ordinator.
TurnItIn is a text-matching system available to UOWD staff which assists in detecting and preventing plagiarism. TurnItIn is an online system which can be integrated into WebCT for easier access. The use of TurnItIn is compulsory in all UOWD subjects for all written assignments (with the exception of tests and exams).
The Electronic Readings (e-Readings) service is available through the UOWD Library. The service allows staff to provide students with electronic versions of assigned readings, instead of photocopied handouts. The use of e-Readings also ensures compliance with copyright legislation. Staff who wish to use this service should contact the Library Manager.
- Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
- Education Network Australia (EdNA): A gateway to educational resources and services
- Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) Good Practice Database
- The Higher Education Academy
- Teaching in Higher Education
- Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice
- Chronicles of Higher Education
- Academy of Management learning & education
- Active learning in higher education
- Journal of adventure education and outdoor learning
- Learning and teaching in higher education
- Innovation in language learning and teaching
- Innovations in teaching and learning in information and computer sciences
- International journal for mathematics teaching and learning
- International journal of web-based learning and teaching technologies
- Journal of college teaching and learning
- Journal of online learning and teaching
- Journal of university teaching and learning practice
- New directions for teaching and learning
(Old link https://staff.uowdubai.ac.ae/academic/caspd/index.htm )