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Teaching at QRC

provides a rewarding and unique opportunity to play a part in the tertiary education experience of learners from throughout NZ and beyond. 

Our teaching staff come from a broad background of education and industry complimenting the blended education model championed at QRC.  A balance of theoretical and practical learning streams enables QRC students to effectively grow their professional capability and work ethic so upon completion of their course, they continue to be graduate of first choice.

Established in 2007, QRC was the vision of the late Sir Eion Edgar & Mark Taylor (Chairperson) who identified a need for tertiary education specific to the tourism industry as a mechanism to ensure the sector workforce was highly-skilled, sustainable and enabled to succeed from the outset.  QRC continues to seek innovative pathways within education and now delivers programs from two campuses (in Aotearoa’s North and South tourism mecca’s – Queenstown & the Bay of Islands) and across the subject areas of Tourism & Hospitality, Digital Technology and English Language (ABC).

QRC Values | Strategy

An overview

Getting Started

I.T Platforms

Navigating the various platforms we use to capture and store information can be confusing at first.  The following provides a glossary and brief oversight:

Microsoft 365

A cloud-powered productivity platform providing access to the latest productivity apps, such as

  • Microsoft Teams: a workspace for real-time collaboration and communication, meetings and file sharing.  As a tutor you will be added to the All Staff and Teaching teams.
  • Word: create, format, and edit documents, review with track changes, and share files.
  • Excel: analyze, comprehend and visualize data.
  • PowerPoint: create clean slideshow presentations to structure taught content.
  • Outlook: email and calendar, together in one place. Send, receive, and manage your email. and use the built-in calendar to keep track of appointments and events.
  • OneDrive: save documents, photos, and other files in the cloud, share them with colleagues and collaborate on content.

Wisenet

QRC’s Student Management System (SMS).  Each student has a profile to which all of their details are linked.  Data within Wisenet is used for reporting which includes finalisation of grades and course completion.  Tutors do not need to work within Wisenet.  You will be set up with a wisenet login because Moodle is hosted within Wisenet.

Moodle

QRC’s Learning Management System (LMS) designed to provide you as educators, our administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments.  Moodle is your virtual classroom from which lesson plans, course content, assessment information and paper resources are stored.  Grades and attendance are also recorded by tutors in Moodle.

Turnitin

Essentially, Turnitin is a web-based plagiarism prevention system.  Each assignment is set up through Moodle and students then access this assignment online and upload their work before the due date. Turnitin will then analyse the submitted work to identify text matches with other sources, usually completing this task within a few minutes. The tutor can also view the work that has been submitted with the option to mark the work online and include grades and comments, which can be returned to the student once all papers have been marked.

Edupage

Hosts the timetable each term.  All tutors receive a draft copy of this before it is published to the students which allows for any timing conflicts to be resolved.

Tip | All of your work is best saved in OneDrive.  This automatically saves any updates and allows you to access your work wherever you may be.

Where the work you do needs to be shared with others (i.e. in the Teaching Teams files) you can still work in OneDrive by adding a shortcut from the relevant folder in Teams:

This saves you hopping from program to program and moving your files around.

Professional Development

Effective tutors are those who understand the learning cycle and ensure it is an integral component of their own practice.  The learning cycle informs programme delivery design, including learning activities.

In preparing for the first few weeks of teaching it is important to focus on the lesson content while understanding your skill set in the classroom, against set objectives, will help to shape your professional development.  There are several useful resources that can help assist you with on-boarding as a tutor.

Tutor Development (101 Guide)

Further Reading:

Learning Principles Explored

Goalposts | New Tertiary Teachers

Professional Responsbilities

Teaching is complex: it is cognitively and emotionally demanding, with a range of decisions required every session, from instructional design to adapting plans to respond to learner needs.  Tutors are under pressure to prepare their students for success within their qualifications and subsequent employability.

Effective teaching delivery means that educators are able to handle these demands.  This is facilitated by being familiar with our setting, by knowing how to plan and prepare, and how to manage instruction and create a positive learning environment.

Beyond the Classroom

There are  many important aspects of teaching which happen “behind the scenes” as associated professional responsibilities.

Professional Excellence Marking Moderation Document Management Professional Development
Internal Documents
Quality Management System (QMS) Diploma Programme Handbook Health & Safety Handbook Staff Handbook
QRC's guiding document.
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