Professional Development and Training

There is good advice and support available regarding your career and professional development as a teacher at UNSW.

The benefits of attending a regular Journal Club

Journal Clubs are a great way to promote learning across clinical and academic departments, across training programs and for postgraduate groups. Lots of good evidence showing improvement in critical thinking / appraisal skills, other evidence-based practice skills and in gaining of topic knowledge.

How can I set one up?

Here are some links to the best advice I’ve found plus some suggestions re format for evidence-based journal clubs

2 versions of organising an EBP journal club:

Final tips

  • The top tip from all these sources is to make sure there is a strong leader to get the club set up and to keep it going - but there needs to be discussion with the group (to promote ownership and maximise learning benefit). So - the whole group could contribute to decisions re:  What sort of journal club do you want? / What topics to cover/ How to arrange the sessions / and When to meet = weekly/ fortnightly, etc
  • Reflect back to a journal club that you were part of that worked well – what made it successful? Find a club that is working well and seek some advice and support from the organizer. 

Pressed for Time?

If you don’t have time to attend your local club or can’t get enough interest in starting a journal club – try searching the internet for podcasts from other people’s journal clubs and cases – If you find a quality source, these can be really good for keeping you up to date!  

Some great sites:

Education programs

The following programs on education are available for academic staff at UNSW:

Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT)
FULT is a comprehensive program introducing new and existing staff with teaching roles to the principles and practices of learning and teaching at university. Free to most UNSW academic staff and held frequently during the year as a week-long block or on sequential Thursdays.

Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT)
This program is designed to meet the needs of busy teachers from diverse teaching settings. Courses in the program include one or more workshops together with related readings, and are designed to be interactive and user-friendly. Usually taken over 1- 2 years. Open and free to most UNSW academic staff.

Masters of Philosophy in Higher Education (MPhil HE)
Research degree with a coursework component designed to develop the research capability in the field of higher education. Open and free to most UNSW academic staff.

Other useful resources

Course and Teacher Evaluation

myExperience is a new digital survey that has replaced the previous UNSW course evaluation tool of CATEI. It fully replaced CATEI in October 2016. It will evaluate at both course and teaching levels. This is a more automated system than CATEI in terms of creating the request and report. The previous administrators of CATEI  within your school/unit will be able to assist you with any questions you might have about it.

Academic Performance Management
This sets out the UNSW policy on setting, reviewing and developing academic staff performance with the ultimate purpose of improving individual and organisational capability and performance.