In the University within which I work there has always been one particular divide. There are the faculties – these are the parts of the organisation in which the “normal” academics live – and there are the non-faculties – populated by those folk who are not “normal” teaching/research academics sitting within disciplines. For example, I’m employed as an academic, I do research, but I do no direct teaching and live within the Curriculum Design and Development Unit. I’m supposed to help the institution improve it’s learning and teaching.

The trouble is that almost all the academics are within the faculties. Those of outside the faculties are the “others” by being outside but we’re also somewhat invisible. In particular, what we do is typically seen as invisible because we aren’t within the faculties. Just recently someone I’ve known for sometime, asked someone else I work with, what I was doing. Coming from others, the question might have been, why are we still paying him if he’s not doing anything?

So, this post is to make public what I’m doing for the institution and also (and mostly) for me to outline what I have to do.

50/50

At the moment, my work effort/resource is split 50/50 between my official role as the e-learning and innovation specialist for the institution, and in a very much related role with the Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre at the same institution.

In my spare time, I’m trying to finish the write up of my thesis

Elearning and Innovation Specialist

In this position, I’m working on the following projects:

  • Support of people using BAM including support of existing courses/students/staff and helping new staff consider its use.
  • BAM into Moodle (BIM).
  • The indicators project.
  • Occasionally, some early discussions around curriculum mapping.

A large part of this role, apart from these tasks, is reading material and presenting

LTERC

I’m helping LTERC staff in the formulation of an application for a new collaborative research centre for CQU around learning, teaching and education.