ELFS Link February 2015

Service Awards,  Appointments, Farewells and Welcomes, Foundation Studies Program Convenors, Important Dates and Events, Health & Safety, Academic Survival Skills Online, ELICOS Academic Essay Writing Skills - New Resources for Staff and Students, Program and Course Introductory Videos

ELFSC Staffing Updates

Deputy Director

Our Deputy Director, Associate Professor Jo May, has been on SSP for the last 6mths.  During that time we were fortunate to have Dr David Powter to act as Deputy Director.  As usual it was a busy and challenging period and Dave has done an excellent job in the role, providing great support to the Director, with wise advice and working hard to ensure what is best for the Centre, the staff, and the students.

Jo returned to her role on Monday 19 January after her well-deserved SSP and although she was technically on study leave, Jo played a key role in our 4 major events to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Open Foundation program.  Welcome back Jo!

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Service Awards

The Academic Division service recognition awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 12 February at 10.00 am at the University Gallery, Callaghan.   All Divisional staff are invited to attend and morning tea will be provided.

Three of our staff will be receiving awards:

Helen Fitzgerald               25 years
Maureen Jones                15 years
Barry Hodges                     15 years

Please note: By arrangement, Helen, Maureen and Barry will actually be presented with their awards at the ELFSC Forum and luncheon scheduled for Wednesday 15 April 2015 in The Treehouse (Callaghan). Staff are however still welcome to attend the Academic Division ceremony at the Gallery on 12 February.

Come and join us to celebrate with of our long serving staff who have made a great contribution to the Centre.

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The centre welcomes Dr Jaime Hunt to the position of Associate Lecturer in Linguistics.  Jaime takes up this position which became vacant upon on Helene Clark's retirement at the end of 2014.  Jaime's office is in the McMullin Building (MCLG36).

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Farewells and Welcomes

We have recently bid farewell to Matt Griffin, and welcomed the return of Angela Henderson to the Marketing Manager role.  Angela will be working full time in 2015.

Elizabeth Bridges' secondment to the Quality Teaching and Learning Officer (QATL) position in ELFSC came to an end on 4 February.  We welcome the return of Sally Curzi to the QATL role.

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Foundation Studies Program Convenors 2015
Open Foundation & Newstep (Ourimbah)Dr David Powter
Open Foundation (Callaghan)Dr Anna Bennett
Newstep (Callaghan)Ms Beverley Wilson
YapugAssoc Prof Kathleen Butler

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Upcoming Important Dates and Events
Tuesday 27 January to Saturday 21 MarchUoN Prep Courses
Wednesday 4 February 2015 at 10:00amEnrolments open online for Open Foundation, Newstep and Yapug. 
Wednesday 11 February 2015

Newstep Orientation (Callaghan) – 10am to 1pm (CT202)
Open Foundation Orientation (Callaghan)  – 2pm-5pm and 5.30pm to 8.30pm (CT202)
Yapug Orientation – 9.30am to 1.30pm (Birabahn)
The suggested date to finalise enrolment for Open Foundation Online with Week Zero commencing the following Monday 16 February.

Friday 13 February 2015Newstep Orientation (Ourimbah) – 10am to 1pm (LT102)
The suggested date to finalise enrolments for Open Foundation on campus, Newstep and Yapug
Saturday 14 February 2015Open Foundation Orientation (Ourimbah)  – 10am to 1pm (LT102)
Monday 16 February (week beginning)Week Zero commences for Open Foundation Online
University Orientation activities and events all week
Monday 23 February 2015Semester 1 commences

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Health and Safety

Safety induction

Thank you to staff that completed the online safety induction module during 2014.  This is a friendly reminder about completing the module if you have not already done so.  The aim of this module is to assist with integrating the management of health and safety into the teaching, research and administrative functions of the University so we can ensure all staff, students and visitors are provided with a safe work environment.

The induction takes about 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed by going to http://elearn.com.au/newcastle/.  Please note that the login is newcastle and password is elmo and not your numberplate and usual login. Select the first course on the left hand side – "Health and Safety Induction".

Staff are also reminded that setting up your workstation properly can reduce the risk of muscle strain or overuse injuries.  Most of these injuries come from little things being maladjusted or performed incorrectly over a long period.  Small changes such as adjusting the height of your chair or the distance of your monitor can make a significant difference.  If you need help please contact the Health and Safety Team.

If you experience pain or are not happy with how your workstation is set up, you can get an individual consultation from the Health and Safety Team.  This team can help you with information on what can be done better or advise on customised equipment such as an ergonomic keyboard, footrest or telephone headset.  All customised equipment is at the cost of your area.

For more information click here.

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Academic Survival Skills Online

Academic Survival Skills Online

The Centre has released a free, open, online course: Academic Survival Skills Online (ASSO) which will run for three weeks from Monday 2 February to Sunday 22 February 2015.

The course takes students on a journey through nine locations in the 'Land of Academia', including the Academic Café, Forest of Reading, Writers Canyon and Revision Rock. The course introduces students to:

critical thinking and independent learning:

  • how to manage time and resources as a student
  • how to actively engage with texts and lectures
  • how to research for academic assignments
  • writing at university, from the paragraph to the essay
  • techniques for revision and exam preparation

The course has been designed for anyone in Australia who is starting university, or who is thinking about university but not sure if they have the required skills. Staff are encouraged to not only share this information and course with colleagues at the University, but also with other colleagues across Australia who you think would be interested in sharing this course with their students.

Information and registration details for the course can be found here.  Registrations opened on Monday 12 January.

Contact the Online Learning Coordinator at the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre via online-uonprep@newcastle.edu.au for further information.

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On the 5th of January 60 students started their studies at the Language Centre and they came from a wide variety of countries; China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Korea, Vietnam, France, Thailand and Taiwan.  The Language Centre also hosted 20 students from Dong Seoul College in Korea who joined ELICOS programs for 4 weeks.  They have enjoyed their time here and like other students have attended Asian Football Championship games in Sydney and Newcastle.  Numbers for our Sydney Centre continue to grow, with 17 new students starting their programs in January.

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Academic Essay Writing Skills Video and Resource Pack

This new resource has been designed to support the introduction and teaching of essay writing skills to Enabling students in lectures and tutorials. It consists of three videos, lecturer's notes, handouts and power point slides. It also includes note- taking templates for students to practice their note taking skills. This resource allows lecturing staff to use sections of the video and resources that relate directly to the academic skill they are introducing and at the point of need for students, rather than introducing the entire essay writing process at once. This resource can be found in the Foundation Studies Staff Blackboard site under resources. If you have any questions about this new resource please contact Annette at annette.morante@newcastle.edu.au, or by phone on 49217228, or Catherine at catherine.chinnery-doyle@newcastle.edu.au, or by phone on 43494573.

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Program and Course Introductory Videos

ELFSC has produced a suite of 34 online videos for students commencing the Open Foundation, Newstep, Yapug and UoNPrep programs. These videos provide an overview of each program and describe the courses available in Open Foundation, Newstep and Yapug. The videos are designed to streamline and widen access to important program and course-related information, and manage expectations around the skills and content covered in each course offering. It is hoped that the videos will assist commencing students, and particularly those who are unable to attend on-campus orientation sessions, with selecting courses that match their interests, abilities and career aspirations. The videos are currently available on each program website.

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