In 2014 the Implementing First Year Ideas and Resources In Practice SIG was established to provide a forum where academic and professional staff could consider the many and varying resources that have been developed and are used by the First Year in Higher Education Community. Examples of the resources that were discussed included the materials produced as part of OLT projects such as the “Good Practice Guide: Safeguarding student learning engagement”; “Effective teaching and support of students from low socio-economic status backgrounds: Resources for the Australian higher education sector”; and the Factsheets produced through the “First Year Student Expectations and Experiences” project. Building on feedback from last year’s participants and with the intention of aligning with the renewed focus of the uniSTARS conference it is envisaged that in 2015 SIG attendees will decide on a specific resource that best addresses their needs and actively develop an action plan regarding how the chosen resource might be used within the participant’s own organisation. Participants are asked to come to the session with resource(s) they would like to consider implementing in mind. If they are unable to identify one but wish to attend the SIG anyway they are welcome to participate in the discussions about implementing specific resources.
Dr Ann Luzeckyj
Dr Ann Luzeckyj is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education: First Year Undergraduate Teaching Advisor in the Centre for University Teaching at Flinders University. In the role, which she has held since 2012, Ann works with staff to investigate and trial approaches in curriculum development, teaching and assessment that support the diverse needs of students new to university. Ann undertakes research; co-facilitates a Community of Practice, administers a small grant scheme and develops and delivers workshops in relation to first year undergraduate teaching and learning as well as working with staff to investigate and trial approaches in curriculum development, teaching and assessment.