Profession higher education lecturer
Higher education lecturers instruct students who have obtained an upper secondary education diploma in their own specialised field of study, which is predominantly academic in nature. They may have job titles such as senior lecturer or professor. They work with their teaching and research assistants for the preparation of lectures and exams, for grading papers and exams, for leading laboratory practices, and for leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their respective field, publish their findings and liaise with their academic colleagues.
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- University procedures
The inner workings of a university, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.
- Curriculum objectives
The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.
- Assessment processes
Various evaluation techniques, theories, and tools applicable in the assessment of students, participants in a programme, and employees. Different assessment strategies such as initial, formative, summative and self- assessment are used for varying purposes.
- Give constructive feedback
Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.
- Assess students
Evaluate the students' (academic) progress, achievements, course knowledge and skills through assignments, tests, and examinations. Diagnose their needs and track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Formulate a summative statement of the goals the student achieved.
- Assist students in their learning
Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.
- Guarantee students' safety
Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.
- Write work-related reports
Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.
- Apply teaching strategies
Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.
- Prepare lesson content
Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.
- Apply intercultural teaching strategies
Ensure that the content, methods, materials and the general learning experience is inclusive for all students and takes into account the expectations and experiences of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. Explore individual and social stereotypes and develop cross-cultural teaching strategies.
- Perform classroom management
Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.
- Develop course outline
Research and establish an outline of the course to be taught and calculate a time frame for the instructional plan in accordance with school regulations and curriculum objectives.
- Liaise with educational support staff
Communicate with education management, such as the school principal and board members, and with the education support team such as the teaching assistant, school counsellor or academic advisor on issues relating the students' well-being.
- Liaise with educational staff
Communicate with the school staff such as teachers, teaching assistants, academic advisors, and the principal on issues relating to students' well-being. In the context of a university, liaise with the technical and research staff to discuss research projects and courses-related matters.
Optional knowledge and skillskeep records of attendance manage resources for educational purposes establish collaborative relations supervise doctoral students laboratory techniques provide lesson materials work with virtual learning environments scientific research methodology supervise laboratory operations funding methods administer exams discuss research proposals learning difficulties serve on academic committee teach medical laboratory technology principles participate in scientific colloquia assist in the organisation of school events present reports provide career counselling perform laboratory tests monitor educational developments perform laboratory investigations assist students with their dissertation provide technical expertise conduct scholarly research supervise educational staff publish academic research facilitate teamwork between students
Common job titles
- Academic department coordinator
- Program coordinator
- Outreach director
- Academic simulation associate
- Administrative support associate
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- Director of graduate programs
- Academic advisor / lecturer (2 positions)
- Lecturer and academic advisor
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