Through supporting your students in their academic skills development, The Learning Centre can support you in enhancing their experience of learning at UNSW.
The Learning Centre works with colleagues in Faculties and Schools to help students to develop the following UNSW Graduate Attributes:
Once you have identified which aspects of your students' communication skills, approaches to learning or performance in assessment tasks you would like to develop further, contact The Learning Centre Director, Dr Sue Starfield to discuss strategies for embedding the teaching of these graduate attributes in your courses.
Sometimes you may feel like just talking to a Learning Adviser about your ideas and concerns to help you decide how best to help your students. We are always happy to talk with you about your students' learning and communication skills.
Early assessment of students’ academic literacy skills is now supported by UNSW’s Enabling Skills policy. The Learning Centre can assist you to devise an assessment task, provide feedback to your students and discuss academic literacy support options with you.
In other situations you may have identified a need in the majority of your students. In these instances Learning Advisers can collaborate with you to:
This approach can be most effective as skills and attributes are often best understood and better applied when they are presented in the context of a discipline.
You can also refer individual students who you feel would benefit from additional academic skills development to The Learning Centre.
After discussion with these students, you can refer them to an individual consultation or an appropriate workshop (or both!). Make sure you explain to the students why you are referring them. It is also helpful to inform The Learning Centre that you are referring students to us and why.
Supervisors of postgraduate research students may want to refer their students to courses on advanced academic writing, available through our workshop program.
Postgraduate research students may also benefit from the thesis writing support program. The program aims to provide students with feedback on their writing, assistance with any specific writing problems, and suggestions for continuing development.
You may also want to link your courses to The Learning Centre online academic skills library as many of our colleagues already do.
The Learning Centre can assist you and your students by helping you develop a study guide for your course.
Developing Students' Writing Skills is part of the Assessing by Extended Writing toolkit. This component was developed by The Learning Centre and LTU@UNSW to support staff in the development and assessment of graduate attributes at UNSW.
Read more about The Learning Centre's partnership approach to embedding academic communication skills within a discipline.