Offshore Collaborative Teaching Guide

Offshore Collaborative Teaching Guide [PDF 184kb]

The Collaborative Teaching Guide provides a framework and a set of communication and quality assurance and control measures that support the delivery of UniSA programs and courses offshore. While it will be beneficial for you to read the entire document, the particular approach UniSA is taking for its offshore teaching model is worth highlighting:

General Principle 1: Teaching and learning in offshore UniSA programs is a partnership of shared responsibilities between the offshore partner and UniSA teaching staff. A partnership of shared responsibilities requires (1) clear demarcation of roles and responsibilities between UniSA and partner staff, (2) regular, constructive and respectful communication between UniSA staff and partner staff, and a (3) shared commitment to excellence in teaching and learning (Collaborative Teaching Guidelines, p. 2)

The key terms here are 'partnership', 'shared responsibilities', 'regular, constructive and respectful communication', and 'shared commitment to excellence'. UniSA's offshore teaching model is based on a peer-to-peer relationship between UniSA and offshore partner lecturers. Offshore lecturers are key to the success of the course and program. Your role is not to provide, for example, limited tutorial support but to lead and teach (see General Principle 2). Communication between you and the UniSA Course Coordinator needs to be a two-way process. Do not expect the UniSA Course Coordinator to initiate all contact. If you think an issue needs to be addressed or if the UniSA Course Coordinator would benefit from knowing specific information, then do not hesitate to contact them.

When it comes to communicating with the UniSA Course Coordinator, think about how frequent this might be. Will you have a regular catch-up or will you just communicate on an as-needs basis? What will be your means of communication? Email is likely to be most useful for asynchronous communication but what about real-time communication? Will you do this and if so will it be by telephone or Skype or 'chat' via, for example, Microsoft Communicator or Facebook messaging? How will you send documents to each other? As attachments to emails or through, for example, Dropbox? It will be worth spending time discussing these sorts of things with the UniSA Course Coordinator.