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Self report of my work performance and development as a staff member relative to the University of Canberra Strategic Plan 2008-2012

I would welcome any constructive or supportive comment you might like to make in relation to my performance at UC. Please feel free to add comment in the discussion page of this wiki.

Contents

Strategy 1 - FoundationsEdit

2011 Goals
  1. Coordinate a cross disciplinary unit on social media, and support or coordinate more units in Sport Management and Sport Media, on the model demonstrated in BPS2011
  2. Develop Adventure Studies tour for 2011
  3. Publish 3 papers toward my PhD-by-publication
2010 Goals

To make more specific and measurable at the review meeting.

  1. Engage with the Faculty committee for Reconciliation Action
  2. Start documenting stories in the Faculty, and further develop the Faculty's distributed web presence, centralising on the official Faculty website
  3. Continue work on an individual basis with Faculty staff and their use of the Internet, developing a release agreement and doing initial work for them
Overall rating for 2011

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding

Overall rating for 2010

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding

Step 1: Respect for Australia's traditional ownersEdit

Ensure that respect for Australia's traditional owners and concern for their current circumstances influences our plans and actions.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence that indigenous issues & perspectives are included in academic and administrative work as appropriate.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Made proposals for Ngunnawal role in a submission to the Intellectual Property Policy Review
  2. Invited Wendy Brady to comment on the submission

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Initiated introductory meeting between Sport Studies and the new director of Ngunnawal, Wendy Brady
  2. Volunteered to help the Reconciliation Action Plan committee
  3. Invited Wendy Brady to welcome and speak on Indigenous perspectives on notions of copyright and intellectual property at the UC-IP mini conference
  4. Engaged a Ngunnawal graphic designer for concept work on the UCNISS logo

Step 3: Quality improvement cycleEdit

Implement a Quality Cycle and Framework to assure and improve continuously the quality of what we do.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence of continuous improvement based on data and reflection.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Open academic practice, such as maintain work notes to a professional blog, gathering feedback, comments and suggestions for improvement and refection from both within and outside the University; conducting research work as openly and transparently as possible, such as my Wikiversity profile, seeking feedback, comments and suggestions for improvement and refection from both within and outside the University; teaching openly and transparently, using the regular internet, in a curatorial and invitational mode, collecting continuous feedback with direct action taken on that feedback, such as in BPS2011

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Maintain work notes to a professional blog, gathering feedback, comments and suggestions for improvement and refection from both within and outside the University
  2. Conduct as much work as possible openly and transparently, seeking feedback, comments and suggestions for improvement and refection from both within and outside the University
  3. Experimenting in an open PhD project, documenting progress as it happens, obtaining feedback, comments and suggestions for improvement and refection from both within and outside the University, from official supervisors and others

Step 6: Service-oriented cultureEdit

Encourage a service-oriented culture designed to meet the needs of our students and other stakeholders.

Performance expectation:

  1. Provide evidence of innovations which improve service to students.
  2. Provide evidence of administrative contributions to the academic organisational unit or the University.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Coordinated BPS2011 with exceptional feedback offered.
  2. Made a submission to the Intellectual Property Policy review, and presented it to Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia on behalf of University of Canberra.
  3. Initiated and managed a partnership with Thompson Rivers University, to develop Adventure Studies at UC, and Sport Science Studies at TRU.

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Assisted Robin McConnell to develop skills and understanding on how the Internet can be used to offer flexibility and networks to people studying his Units. Robin has a Youtube channel, a Slideshare account, a Wikiversity user page, and uses them in combination to create a strong online presence for the units he teaches - such as Sport Sponsorship and Media. Robin aims to continue developing into 2011.
  2. Worked with James Neill in hosting a mini conference on Intellectual Property, resulting in our writing and proposing an IP Policy for UC. The objective is to promote and support work that improves equity in access to teaching and research activities at UC.
  3. Investigated revenue and expenses at UC, and developed a calculator (currently under review) that can calculate income and outgoings at the Unit of study. The objective is to create a very simple tool to help teaching staff better understand the financial workings of their teaching, and to proposed administration practices that are more learner centred (the Unit), and teaching practices that are research lead (where research is included in the costings of the Unit).

Step 12: Domestic and international marketingEdit

Improve our domestic and international marketing capacity and impact.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence of activities that have promoted the university externally.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Initiated and pre managed the partnership with Thompson Rivers University
  2. Continued work with staff to develop competence and confidence in using popular social media in their teaching and research work, with a view to enhancing both our domestic and international web presence

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Work with teaching staff to develop competence and confidence in using popular social media in their teaching and research work, thus making their work more accessible to people considering study at UC. Examples include: UCNISS on Wikiversity, on Youtube, on Blogger, on Facebook, on Flickr, on Slideshare, on Twitter. My goal is to assist the development of more units in using social media this way, and getting our teaching and research work out in these popular arenas. For example Sport Sponsorship and Media.
  2. Proposed The Role of Marketing in Educational Development to Marketing and Senior Management. That proposal aims to see Marketing reources be put to producing quality educational media for those teachers who are prepared to use popular social media for open academic practices. Work includes a return on investment analysis, an over all vision (in progress), and a production schedule (in progress).
  3. Researching the impact that the use of popular social media for open academic practices has on marketing and other objectives for higher education institutions. This work has resulted in a book, Open Education: A User Guide for Organisations.

Strategy 2 - Student enrollmentEdit

Overall rating for 2011

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding

Overall rating for 2010

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding

2011 Goals
  1. To develop and coordinate at least 2 units along the lines of the BPS model
  2. Develop a vision document for Open UC as requested by the PVC Education
2010 Goals
  1. To confirm an educational development project using Marketing resources, and develop at least 2 units in the Faculty of Health
  2. Develop a vision document for Open UC as requested by the PVC Education
  3. Deliver Open UC talk at Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia annual conference

Step 14: Student equity and accessEdit

Develop and implement an ambitious student equity and access agenda.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence of appropriate inclusion of equity and access issues.

2011 responseEdit

  1. Continued work on writing and proposing an IP Policy for UC. One of the key objectives being to improve access to learning and education, and equity and diverse perspective on research activities at UC.
  2. Coordinated the BPS2011 unit, with access and equity as key drivers

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Worked with James Neill in hosting a mini conference on Intellectual Property, resulting in our writing and proposing an IP Policy for UC. The objective is to promote and support work that improves equity in access to teaching and research activities at UC.
  2. Provide critical perspectives to UC on the use of technology and its impacts on access and equity, such as in the ICTS Academic Group, Moodle Snippets, and through informal communication channels such as Blogs and Twitter.
  3. Promote and support staff development of skills, appreciation and capacity for open academic practices so as to improve equity in access to teaching and research outputs, to develop improved learning opportunities through online networks, and to offer study flexibility through the use of the Internet. Examples include:

Step 15: Provide a great student experienceEdit

Provide a great student experience, appropriate to the age, stage, background and circumstances of a diverse student population.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence of innovations and contribution to the student experience.

2011 responseEdit

  1. Coordinated the BPS2011 unit, with innovative use of the web, challenging but engaging and relevant assignments, drawing in a teaching model entirely new to the UC setting, and one that is drawing very positive feedback. See these notes.

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Assist staff in Sport Studies develop their use of video online Examples include Robin McConnell's mini lectures and interviews on Youtube; The UCNISS Youtube channel where guest speaker recordings are listed; and longer videos listed on the UCNISS website.
  2. Assist staff in Sport Studies develop online presence, and skills for using social media for finding and reusing educational content, such as using Wiki Media Foundation projects; understanding copyright that enables reuse; and understanding distributed content as in the UCNISS.net website
  3. Support staff teaching the Winter Term by applying for a Hothouse grant to purchase equipment and document the US and Australian study tours on the Study Tours website.

Step 18: Educational technology and work-based learning opportunitiesEdit

Make the best use of educational technologies and work-based learning opportunities.

Performance expectation: Demonstrate the adoption of appropriate use of educational technologies.

Response:

  1. Work with teaching staff to develop competence and confidence in using popular social media in their teaching and research work, thus making their work more accessible to people considering study at UC. Examples include: UCNISS on Wikiversity, on Youtube, on Blogger, on Facebook, on Flickr, on Slideshare, on Twitter. My goal is to assist the development of more units in using social media this way, and getting our teaching and research work out in these popular arenas. For example Sport Sponsorship and Media.
  2. Researching the impact that the use of popular social media for open academic practices has on education and research. This work has resulted in a book, Open Education: A User Guide for Organisations.
  3. Organised the UC RCC event, aimed at connecting UC Staff with Wiki practitioners, and discussing the educatonal uses of wikis. Positive feedback from the event, leading to requests to conduct introductory workshops on how to author in Media Wikis.

Step 19: Relationships with other colleges and institutesEdit

Strengthen our relationships with Senior Secondary Colleges and Institutes of Technical and Further Education to promote entry into and articulation with the University's courses.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence of effective outreach and collaboration.

Response:

  1. Staff from CIT attended the UC RCC event resulting in discussions on collaboration in educational development.
  2. Worked with CIT and UC College staff in the preparation of an AFLF Innovations grant 2009. Work continues in 2010.
  3. Worked with the Office of Development, consulting on outreach projects to regional communities interested in using Sport Studies in schools and youth programs

Step 22: Student recruitmentEdit

Improve strategies and practices for recruiting domestic and international students.

Performance expectation: Show evidence of assistance with student recruitment.

Response:

  1. Lobbying the Marketing Division to support the development of open academic practices for increasing access to study materials by potential students.
  2. Support Health staff in the development of the Faculty of Health webpages on the UC Website.
  3. Engaging the University of Canberra Union Media Production Society on the production of videos that document educational development work, such as the Wiki Conference 2010.

Strategy 3 - Teaching qualityEdit

Goals for 2011
  1. Coordinate a cross disciplinary unit in social media, using the BPS model
  2. Coordinate Sport Management and Sport Media units, using the BPS model
  3. Consult out to the community on these unit topics, and relate that work as content in the units
Goals for 2010
  1. Write a plan for formally teaching a module on the Social Media and the Internet related to Health teaching, work and research.
  2. Write a plan for informally teaching Social Media and the Internet related to Health teaching, work and research, that actually uses social media and the methods described. Include revenue model.
  3. Develop one or both of the above plans and offer to students in the Faculty.
  4. Continue informal professional devbelop work for UC, such as workshops for the Research Office, extending it to community learning services, and including support teaching to the Faculty, documenting it for recognition in this Performance Review process.
Rating for 2011

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding

Rating for 2010

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding | Not applicable (No teaching responsibilities in 2009/2010)

Step 24: Overall course satisfactionEdit

Improve students' overall satisfaction with the experience of their course, as measured in the Course Experience Questionnaire.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence that students are satisfied overall with the units you teach. University Percentage Target 72

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Unable to provide official data, but feedback being openly offered by students of BPS2011 show significant satisfaction in the unit ratings to come

Step 25: Student satisfaction with teachingEdit

Improve students' satisfaction with our teaching, as measured in the Course Experience Questionnaire .

Performance expectation: Provide evidence that students are satisfied with the staff member's teaching. University Percentage Target 60

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Unable to provide official data, but feedback being openly offered by students of BPS2011 show significant satisfaction in the teaching methods to come

Step 26: Students' satisfaction with generic skill developmentEdit

Improve students' satisfaction with the way we help them develop generic skills, as measured in the Course Experience Questionnaire.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence of student satisfaction with the assistance the staff member provided to help develop their generic skills.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Unable to provide official data, but feedback being openly offered by students of BPS2011 show significant satisfaction in the support for developing generic skills are to come

Strategy 4 - Research performanceEdit

2011 Goals
  1. Publish 3 papers as publications toward the PhD
  2. Openly document all research work
  3. Continue supporting Faculty of Health staff in developing funded research projects that draw on my skills and knowledge
2010 Goals
  1. Enroll in the University of Canberra's PhD program and continue my PhD work formally
  2. Formally propose Open Academic Practices that can be valued and recognised in the University
  3. Continue supporting Faculty of Health staff in developing funded research projects that draw on my knowledge

Overall rating for Strategy 4Edit

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding

Step 28: HDR research training and developmentEdit

Provide research training places and post-doctoral fellowships to increase our research output and develop the next generation of potential academic staff members.

Performance expectation: Supervised at least 1 Masters or PhD research student in each of the past 3 years.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Supervising Laura Hale's PhD with Sport Studies.

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Supervising Laura Hale's PhD with Sport Studies.

Step 29: High quality and high impact researchEdit

Devise a workload model which ensures that all academic staff members engage in high quality and high impact research but which also frees up the time of our most successful researchers.

Performance expectation: 2 ERA quality DIISR points individually or joint publications in the 3 years being reviewed.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Collaborating with researchers at the University of Wollongong, on a paper about open and networked teaching and assessment work for journalism studies
  2. Collaborating with an historian at the University of Queensland, to write and publish a history of Australian Paralympics
  3. Collaborating with health researchers at the University of Canberra, reviewing ERA's influence on academic practice, and open access knowledge in Australia

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Initiated and collaborating in the review of ERA listed journals for Open Academic practices in the Sector of Health. Working with Jamie Ranse (Nursing), James Neill (Psychology), Ben Rattray (Sport) and Sarah Stewart (Midwifery)
  2. Commissioned to write the book Open Education: A User Guide for Organisations
  3. Working on my own PhD in a self publishing Open PhD model

Step 30: Research degree qualificationsEdit

Increase the research degree qualifications of academic staff.

Performance expectation: PhD in relevant area of teaching/research. If progressing towards a PhD, a credible plan needs to be presented.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Openly documenting all research work, and progressing my PhD by publication

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Conducting and documenting my own PhD with notes on my blog, annotated bibliography on my social bookmarks, and full plan developed on my Wiki.

Step 31: Strengthen the University's research cultureEdit

Strengthen the University's research culture, through mentoring, staff development and appropriate standards in the selection, confirmation, promotion and time-release of academic staff.

Performance expectation: Applied for 1 or more research grants (int or ext) in a team in the last 3 years.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Won the contract to research and develop historical information for Australian Paralympics
  2. Won the contract to research and develop video instruction for Orienteering Australia
  3. Applying ACT Health Community Funding Round 2011-2012
  4. Applying to ARC Linkages in 2012

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Applied for an AFLF Innovations grant - Using the popular Internet in teaching and learning
  2. Applied to ACT Health Community Funding round 2010-2011 - ACTivate
  3. Other research projects proposed to the Sport Studies team listed here

Step 32: Research incomeEdit

Increase the University's research income, and ensure that an appropriate amount of the extra revenue which this generates is returned for the benefit of successful researchers' work.

Performance expectation: Award of reported external research income over 3 years.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Won the contract to research and develop historical information for Australian Paralympics
  2. Won the contract to research and develop video instruction for Orienteering Australia

Step 33: Research excellence contributionEdit

Develop the Institute for Applied Ecology and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling into world-class, cross-faculty research entities by 2012, and create at least three further national-best, cross-faculty research groupings.

Performance expectation: Contributes to developing area of research excellence.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Demonstrating open academic practice, and explaining the benefits and challenges at various UC research forums

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Submission made to the Faculty Research Officer, for the Faculty's submission to the UC Research Strategy Review.

Strategy 5 - Community engagementEdit

Goals for 2011
  1. Succeed in establishing a Policy at UC that promotes engagement in open academic communities of practice (such as the IP Policy proposal)
  2. Continue work in establishing a culture of recognition and a system of incentives and rewards for staff engaging with open academic communities of practice
  3. Host the third RCC unconference in January 2012
  4. Develop and support a Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons volunteer community around Australian Paralympics
Goals for 2010
  1. Succeed in establishing a Policy at UC that promotes engagement in open academic communities of practice (such as the IP Policy proposal)
  2. Begin work in establishing a culture of recognition and a system of incentives and rewards for staff engaging with open academic communities of practice
  3. Engage with the Workload Committee in the Faculty of Health for developing systems of managing workload that enables and rewards community engagement, focusing on engagement through open academic practices that promote teaching and research as well
Rating for 2011

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding

Rating for 2010

unsatisfactory | borderline | satisfactory | significant | outstanding

Step 34: InternationalisationEdit

Internationalise our curriculum, culture, relationships and outlook.

Performance expectation: Show how appropriate international perspectives and content have been included in research.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Open PhD work gains regular international feedback
  2. An existing research project collaborates with a researcher based in New Zealand
  3. Work on Wikiversity, and Open Academic Practices generally, engage with people based around the world

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. My own PhD supervisors are international
  2. An existing research project collaborates with a researcher based in New Zealand
  3. Work on Wikiversity, and Open Academic Practices generally, engage with people based around the world

Step 37: Relations with external communityEdit

Develop strategies in an Engagement Plan to strengthen our relations with alumni, government, the public sector, business and industry, and the cultural, sporting and social welfare communities.

Performance expectation: Provide evidence of effective links with relevant industry, government or other professional bodies. Show how active engagement with the relevant profession benefits teaching and the syllabus.*

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Engagement with the Wikiversity community has ensured ongoing support, and direct services from individual volunteers, in assisting students of BPS (such as copyright checks), and supporting assessment procedures (such as the development of a peer review template)
  2. Engagement with Wikimedia Australia is helping to establish our work in the range of Australian projects that are cited by Wikimedia Australia to its stakeholders. Examples include the Paralympics project, the UCNISS portal on Wikiversity, and the several units developed on Wikiversity with BPS being most notable.

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Have established relations with Creative Commons Australia (CC Au) and Open Access to Knowledge (OAK), based at Queensland University of Technology, through work on the proposed IP Policy for UC. These relations help to strengthen our proposal for an IP Policy that will increase equity in access to teaching and research - also leading to a more supported effort to improve staff engagement with social media for open academic practices.
  2. Am a Custodian in the Wikiversity project, seeking working relations and understanding with the community for supporting the University of Canberra and UCNISS in using Wikiversity as a platform for open academic practices.
  3. Organised the UC RCC event, aimed at connecting UC Staff with Wiki practitioners, and discussing the educational uses of wikis. Positive feedback from the event, leading to requests to conduct introductory workshops on how to author in Media Wikis.

Step 38: Collaboration with ANU, ACU, ADFA, and CITEdit

Encourage collaboration in teaching and research with the Australian National University, the Australian Catholic University, the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Performance expectation: Show evidence of collaboration with one or more of these institutions.

2011 ResponseEdit

  1. Initiated a meeting and dialog with CIT Solutions, to advise the PVC Education's committee about their work in increasing access, choice and flexibility. CIT Solutions explained their long running Adult and Community Education project, and discussed how it may be a model for the PVC Education's considerations

2010 ResponseEdit

  1. Staff from CIT attended the UC RCC event resulting in discussions on collaboration in educational development.
  2. Worked with CIT and UC College staff in the preparation of an AFLF Innovations grant 2009. Work continues in 2010.
  3. Participated in Gaggle, BarCamp, ACT Innovate, and other networking type events