New Induction Resource for Teaching & Learning Staff: Deakin Student Support Services Map
AUGUST, 2020

Induction, Supporting Staff

Deakin Learning Futures is excited to announce the launch of a comprehensive and interactive map to help guide staff as they refer students who are seeking help. This is part of a much larger SharePoint site focused on induction support for teaching and learning which will be launched in its entirety very soon to assist new academic and professional staff to understand their teaching and learning roles in the Deakin context.

Many ‘layers’ of induction welcome those new to teaching and learning related roles at Deakin university. Human Resources, faculties and schools all contribute to introducing new people to our university and to how we do teaching and learning. It is exciting to report that the Deakin Learning Futures ‘One Deakin’ induction project, which also contributes to these efforts, has reached a big milestone this month.

Deakin has a very comprehensive ecosystem of student supports, including transition focused supports like orientation, assistance to develop key skills (like academic and library skills), health and wellbeing services, efforts to create a safer community and access to financial and legal help. There are guides to leveraging and responding to student diversity, promoting equity, managing crises, meeting international students’ need. There are related guidelines for staff, such as those on responding to challenging student behaviors’.

That is why this interactive, comprehensive ‘map’ of where to refer help seeking students and why, as well as to related staff-facing services, will be of use to recently appointed teaching academics and professional and academic staff in teaching and learning related roles in particular. Deakin’s rich resources can take some time to discover, without a quick guide. The map is a result of much consultation, review and hard work. It is also a ‘living’ resource that will be refreshed over time. Each page features an ‘email’ button to provide feedback, or make suggestions, which we hope that you will do when you visit it.

To promote staff to access particular supports when they are most needed, the map has a ‘timeline’ structure. You can browse what is likely to be of use over weeks 0-3 of a first trimester at Deakin. Those first few weeks are a busy time of learning about your school and faculty. Familiarity with University-wide support services for students will also be very beneficial. By weeks 6 -11, there may be time to start gaining a deeper understanding of the Deakin approach to promoting student and staff health, wellbeing and success. The second Trimester is often a time to start partnering with expert others who can assist you further.

The Deakin Student Support Services Map is part of a much larger sharepoint site focused on induction support for teaching and learning, which will be launched in its entirety very soon. It will assist new academic and professional staff to understand their teaching and learning roles in the Deakin context, including the Deakin Teaching Capability Framework. It is organised partly by key topics, which include: teaching a first class, teaching@Deakin, assessment for learning, career growth through evaluation and review, academic integrity, cloud first design and delivery and student engagement and retention.

Click here to visit the Deakin Student Support Services Map.

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