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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Most students do not have insights into how much work goes into designing lessons, preparing materials, and developing evaluations. Just the administrative aspects might surprise them.

Teachers-to-be and future faculty need to be aware what awaits them administratively. For a Masters course that I design and facilitate, the time between initial notification and the implementation of the first class is five months. The ICT modules for inclusive education I just facilitated had a runway of seven months. A set of workshops I conduct at another institute of higher learning prepares documentation one semester ahead. This means I have about three months of preparation time.

Why are the runways months long? Administrative offices can often be bureaucratic. Your parcel might be passed from one person to another to their own tune. Once they receive the parcel, they might sit on it or go on leave. Speaking of leave, administrative staff often work on their own calendars (for example, financial years) and not on the ebb and flow of university schedules.

The exciting part of the teaching and learning journey happens when a course or workshop takes off. But before that happens, there is a lot of taxiing on the ground.

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