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EDPR5003: University Teaching Portfolios

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit is designed to help you consider, articulate, develop and evidence your teaching aims, practices and achievements in a compelling and scholarly way, informed by the institutional context. By drawing on the research about teaching excellence and exploring how others have crafted cases about teaching excellence, you will have opportunities to reflect on how your disciplinary context shapes your aims and approaches to teaching, the evidence about your teaching effectiveness, and the impact of your teaching on student learning. As a result of successfully completing this unit of study students should be able to apply an enhanced understanding for crafting an engaging and rigorous account of your teaching that you can adapt for different purposes, audiences and contexts.

Unit details and rules

Unit code EDPR5003
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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EDPR5001 and EDPR5002
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Jessica Frawley, jessica.frawley@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Pippa Yeoman, pippa.yeoman@sydney.edu.au
Jessica Frawley, jessica.frawley@sydney.edu.au
Samantha Clarke, samantha.clarke@sydney.edu.au
Danny Liu, danny.liu@sydney.edu.au
Eszter Kalman, eszter.kalman@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Unpacking teaching excellence
This assignment is a combination of written and oral (dialogic) assessment.
40% Week 06 Equivalent to 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Teaching case and mapping document
Written task
60% Week 12 3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Individual consultations Seminar (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 01 What makes a compelling teaching case? Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 Working with evidence Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 09 Peer review and fine tuning Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Review and consolidation of learning Seminar (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: The Sydney School of Education and Social Work requires attendance of at least 90 percent of all seminars, workshops or lectures. Where a student is unable to attend at the required rate evidence of illness or misadventure may be required and the student may be required to undertake extra work. Students should discuss the circumstances of their absence(s) with the co-ordinator of the unit of study. Further details are provided in the School canvas site: https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/13426

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings and resources for this unit can be accessed through the unit’s Canvas site. 

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critically reflect on your own teaching practice in terms of your disciplinary context, challenges, approach, rationale, reflections, and evidence of achievements
  • LO2. articulate the qualities of teaching excellence through examining the scholarly literature and unpacking successful cases of teaching excellence
  • LO3. use the scholarly literature on teaching and learning (from your discipline's education literature and/or from higher education generally) to examine your (and others') case for teaching excellence
  • LO4. demonstrate how your teaching practice is informed by different types of evidence, which you have gathered and critically assessed
  • LO5. communicate effectively about your teaching to academic colleagues.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

This unit of study was highly rated in 2019. However, USS feedback indicated that resources and assignment tasks needed improving. This year the teaching team will be rebuilding the course content and resources from the ground up while paying notable attention to the assessment tasks. New rubrics, instructions and supporting resources such as excerpts are provided for all assignments. Both Assignment 1 and 2 have been simplified to focus on a single type of teaching case (a Fellowship application) as the inclusion of other kinds of teaching cases (i.e. award and promotion applications) were found to be confusing. Assignment 1 has been simplified and now includes an oral dialogic component that is a more authentic and enjoyable way to critique a teaching case and provides a necessary adaptation for the COVID-19 context.

Our aim is to provide feedback on your work within two (2) weeks of the date that we receive your assignment. In providing feedback on your work, our emphasis is on qualitative descriptions of each grade rather than the numerical marks. So each project will receive a grade (e.g., ‘Credit’) based on the qualities demonstrated in accordance with the rubrics and marking guidelines for each. Your overall grade for the semester will be based on your results across all weighted assessments, relative to the weightings indicated in this unit of study outline.

Any updated information will be provided via Canvas, announcements, and emails to your official University email address associated with your Canvas student access.

Site visit guidelines

If you are undertaking professional experience/field education placement as part of your enrolment in this unit of study, please assess your specific needs and requirements for the safe and successful completion of an external placement within a host organisation. You will be given the opportunity to disclose any health issues that have a work health and safety significance before arranging a placement so that your safety, and the safety of others, can be properly assessed. The Professional Experience Coordinator/Field Education Manager will work to ensure that the workplace assignment to you is appropriate for your needs and requirements. If you are experiencing disability, and require reasonable adjustments to be arranged, please contact Disability Services as early as possible prior to commencing the internship. Please note, in all cases, and for the purpose of organising reasonable adjustments, only the impact and not the nature, of your disability will be disclosed to the host organisation.

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