A message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching), Professor Anne Cummins:
Thank you to all who contributed to Semester 1 Orientation. Orientation programs across the Campuses were very successful and feedback received in the student evaluations has been overwhelmingly positive.
Now that classes are well underway, our focus should shift to supporting our first year students and those who joined in year two from VET pathways. Students’ academic work is mounting and some will begin to feel the pressure or may be unsure or confused about expectations. Ask your students if anyone requires assistance and give them a chance to clarify their concerns. Refer students to the Academic Skills Unit or Library for some extra support. It is better to identify at-risk students now than to have them leave university because they aren’t coping.
On the other end of the spectrum, students who are high achievers should be given information about opportunities to extend themselves – to build their knowledge and experience within a rich and interesting intellectual field. Remind students about the co-curricular activities available to them. This may include studying abroad in a future semester, work placement opportunities or getting involved in research being undertaken by ACU staff in your Faculty.
Congratulations to Director of Libraries, Fides Lawton and her team on the commencement of library services in the new Veritas Building in Canberra. Transforming a building into a library takes a special and dedicated team – thanks to all our colleagues who assisted in this process.
Finally, a reminder that the 2018 ACU Teaching Awards guidelines and the ACU Teaching Development Grant guidelines and application forms are available on the Learning and Teaching Centre website with closing dates in September and August respectively.
With every good wish
Professor Anne Cummins Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching)