Victoria’s U block teaching model had an ovation from an independent assessment last month – but there was a warning on resourcing
Curriculum experts Denise Chalmers, Elizabeth Deane and Alfred Lizzio liked VU’s block teaching approach a lot, but they warned management had to assesses its workload impact on staff (CMM July 6).
And so says the campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union, which warns that the model relies on staff working longer hours to teach, mark and provide student support.
“The risk of teaching staff ‘burnout’ is well documented in the literature on intensive teaching modes. VU has perhaps the most intensive teaching model of any university in Australia.”
The union presents a bunch of questions and “looks forward to working with the University to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff, and ensure the sustainability of the university.”