Title: Academic workload management towards learning, components of academic work: a case study

Authors: Aleksandra Ocvirk; Nada Trunk Širca

Addresses: Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, SI 6000 Koper, Slovenia. ' International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Mariborska cesta 7, SI 3000 Celje, Slovenia

Abstract: This paper deals with attributing time value to academic workload from the point of view of an HEI, management of teaching and an individual. We have conducted a qualitative study aimed at analysing documents on academic workload in terms of its definition, and at analysing the attribution of time value to components of academic work in relation to the proportion of workload devoted to teaching in the sense of ensuring quality and effectiveness of learning, and in relation to financial implications for the HEI. The analysis of documents has shown that the attribution of time value to these categories, generally left to HEIs, can significantly affect an individual's workload and has financial implications on the level of HEIs. It has also shown that human resource management is becoming increasingly important for the success of HEIs, as well as the organisation of teaching towards learning, e.g., type of didactic organisation of study programme.

Keywords: HEI; higher education institutions; universities; workload components; academic workloads; time value; teaching activities; activity organisation; teaching activities; didactic organisation; study programmes; teaching faculties; human resource management; HRM; workload management; academic work; learning quality; learning effectiveness; financial implications; University of Nebraska; University of Minnesota; USA; United States; University of Tasmania; University of Western Australia; University of Sunderland; University of Greenwich; UK; United Kingdom; England; Ryerson Faculty Association; Canada; Slovenia; University of Ljubljana; University of Maribor; University of Primorska; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2012.046066

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2012 Vol.11 No.3, pp.268 - 287

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 13 Mar 2012 *

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