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Teaching in Focus: The value of implementing a program-specific teaching support project for staff wellbeing and student success

Abstract

This paper reports on a program-level teaching support initiative that was implemented in a Health Sciences undergraduate degree with a large and highly casualised teaching team. It has been argued that to improve student retention and success, universities need to consider implementing comprehensive teaching support models that address institutional, program, and individual level needs. We report on the implementation of our project and reflect on participant feedback, which demonstrated the value of the program for improving staff wellbeing. We argue that introducing support strategies for staff at a local level is essential not only for delivery of high quality learning experiences, but also for staff wellbeing which, in turn, has important implications for student success and retention.

Published:
Pages:51 to 57
Section: Emerging Initiatives
How to Cite
Gunson, J., Abery, E., Krassnitzer, L., Barton, C., Prichard, I., & Willis, E. (2016). Teaching in Focus: The value of implementing a program-specific teaching support project for staff wellbeing and student success. Student Success, 7(2), 51-57. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.v7i2.341

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Author Biographies

Flinders University
Australia Australia
Lecturer Social Health Sciences
Flinders University
Australia Australia
Topic Co-ordination, Social Health Sciences
Flinders University
Australia Australia
Associate Lecturer, Social Health Sciences
Flinders University
Australia Australia
Senior Lecturer, Social Health Sciences
Flinders University
Australia Australia
Lecturer in Health Sciences Allied Health Professions, Social Health Sciences
Flinders University
Australia Australia
Professor, School of Health Sciences
Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795