Staff Experiences of Victoria University’s First Year College During the Implementation of Block Mode Teaching

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Oraison, Humberto ORCID: 0000-0002-5997-6265, Konjarski, Loretta ORCID: 0000-0003-2624-7493, Young, Janet ORCID: 0000-0002-0040-0691, Howe, Samuel ORCID: 0000-0003-2325-3994 and Smallridge, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0001-6645-760X (2020) Staff Experiences of Victoria University’s First Year College During the Implementation of Block Mode Teaching. In: 6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'20), 2 Jun 2020 - 5 Jun 2020, Valencia, Spain. (In Press)


This report reviews the findings of staff satisfaction surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019 following the creation of a transformative and revolutionary approach to tertiary education in Australia, namely the creation of a new First Year College at Victoria University. Lectures were abolished from all units; class sizes were reduced; class timetabling was dramatically changed to allow for greater student study flexibility and accessibility; learning and teaching professional staff numbers were increased and facilities were built and repurposed. This report discusses the staff satisfaction and challenges encountered by staff in 2018 and 2019 providing quantitative and qualitative data. This data revealed high levels of satisfaction along with concerns about workload and related issues. Variations between 2018 and 2019 indicate that despite an increase in overall satisfaction, staff were concerned about awards and recognition, involvement in decisions that affected them, and receiving support to conduct their roles. The First Year College implemented a series of measures to address the issues raised in the 2018 survey. Further measures are recommended following the 2019 survey as well as future surveys that include stress levels and other psychological markers.

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Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
DOI 10.4995/HEAd20.2020.10975
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > Division/Research > First Year College
Keywords staff satisfaction ; higher education; staff challenges ; tertiary sector ; academic transformation
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