Tag Archives: University academic

Half a million views

I woke this morning to a nice blogging milestone—half a million views! Since starting the blog in early 2011 there has been a slow but steady climb in views. I know there are limitations to the number of views as … Continue reading

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Transparency report (May-August 2017)

At the start of the year, I decided to provide transparency reports for my blog. While I don’t make any money from the blog, I like the idea of sharing information that might be of interest to other bloggers. Total … Continue reading

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Updated information for new lecturers.

This morning I spoke to some new lecturers at the University of Newcastle about how I try to maintain a balance between supporting students and not letting teaching take up all my time as an academic. In preparation, I updated … Continue reading

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Searching for my authoritative voice

Sometimes I fear I’m going to be discovered as a fraud. Who am I to be writing a blog on community engagement? On what basis do I support other organisations to improve their work? Am I really preparing students for … Continue reading

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Some hints re course coordination for new lecturers

[Updated 18 July 2017] I’ve been asked to speak to new lecturers at the University of Newcastle about the role of a course coordinator and thought I’d share some thoughts here. (Note: the University of Newcastle uses course to refer … Continue reading

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Looking forward to 2017

It’s that time of the year which seems to be particularly conducive to planning, so here are some of my ideas for 2017 Blogging I don’t think I’ll be making all that many changes to the blog this year. I … Continue reading

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Visit by Indonesian academics (part 2)

The second half of the visit by the Indonesian academics from UIN Raden Fatah Palembang and UIN Sumatera Utara, to look at the integration of research, teaching and community outreach, went well.

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Visit by Indonesian academics

The Family Action Centre is currently hosting a visit by 23 Indonesian academics from two State Islamic Universities: UIN Raden Fatah Palembang and UIN Sumatera Utara.

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A blogging milestone

After I had been blogging for a little while, I remember Tricia from Little Echo Footprints (who now micro-blogs at triciaeco) telling me that she averaged around 500 views/day. At the time (2012) I was averaging around 20 views/day and I … Continue reading

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Keeping contact with students in online teaching

I’ve recently started emailing students more frequently in the online elective on community engagement I teach at the University of Newcastle. The students come from a wide variety of disciplines: since it started in 2008 there have been 1389 students … Continue reading

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