The Open Course Scheme (OCS) provides an opportunity for staff to visit classrooms to observe the great teaching happening at UQ.

A wide range of courses from most schools are open including traditional lectures, those using innovative pedagogies and those where educational technologies are used to engage students.

1. Benefits of attending an open course

We hope that any UQ staff member interested in teaching and learning will find observing a course to be an interesting, informative and valuable experience.

Whether you are a novice or an expert, watching someone else teach is a great way to get new ideas, see pedagogies (that you may have only heard or read about) being implemented, rediscover old favourites or find comfort in your own teaching achievements.

Participants in the programs Teaching@UQ (for new academics and academics new to UQ) and Graduate Teaching Associates visit classes as part of their learning experience.

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2. How does the scheme work?

There are usually more than 30 courses open to choose from each semester in the Open Course Scheme.

Most are open for the entire semester, but each course coordinator determines their own class availability, and will only open the class at times which are suitable.

Courses are available at St Lucia and Gatton, and are usually open at one or more locations of Herston, Gatton, PACE and Mater.

Course selection

Courses can be nominated by anyone at UQ. Many of the open courses have been recommended to ITaLI, some have been self-nominated, and others have come to our attention through the awards process. To be included in the scheme, courses must be a good example of their type, interesting and well-maintained.

Scheme administration

ITaLI administers the OCS. The ITaLI website informs visitors which courses are open each semester, and directs users to a booking site to arrange their visit.

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3. How do I attend an open course?

The list of courses open for observation next semester will be available in early 2019.

To attend an open course, first select the class you wish to visit, then click the booking link provided. You will be directed to Eventbrite to complete the booking process.

Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an email ticket which you may save to your calendar. A similar ticket is sent to the host academic so they know when to expect you. If you are unable to attend the class you have booked, please go to Eventbrite and cancel your booking.

It's a nice idea to introduce yourself to the academic when you arrive at the class. Many academics will welcome the opportunity to talk with you after the class.

Please take the time to complete the OCS survey (2 minutes average) to tell us what you valued from your visit and give us feedback on the administration of the scheme. The survey can be accessed from the link on the reminder ticket you will receive on the day of your visit.

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4. Blackboard courses

UQ staff can use 'Guest Access' to view the online presence of courses at the University.

Information about visiting a course Blackboard site is available on the eLearning website.

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5. Opening your course to visitors

If you are an academic who would like to open your course to visitors or recommend another academic’s course, please send an email to itali@uq.edu.au.

During the semester

Once a visitor has booked to attend your open course, you will receive an email ticket letting you know who is coming and when. Some host academics like to encourage visitors to participate in the class, and some visitors may wish to talk to you afterwards about the teaching and learning they have seen.

During the semester, ITaLI will manage all inquiries, bookings and feedback. If you make any changes to the availability of your course in any semester, please let us know via itali@uq.edu.au as soon as possible. You will be sent any feedback we receive about your class at the end of semester.

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