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Teaching and Learning Grants 2014 - 2015

The Education and Innovation Grants scheme announced by the DVC-E Pip Pattison was widely welcomed and the number of applications - 107 - for the Small and Large grants show how keenly the initiative has been appreciated.

The main external funding for Learning and Teaching grants comes from the OLT, the national Office for Learning and Teaching. These have become highly sought after now they are Category One grants. Each year there are two rounds for Innovation and Development Grants, the larger grants for which the funding is up to $500,000 and Seed grants which provide $40,000 for smaller projects. Applications closed at the end of November for first round of the 2015 grants which is for the larger grants and EOIs.  

The next application for OTL funding will be for Seed grants and applications from successful EOIs. These are due in June 2015 but you can check out the priorities now:

  • Academic standards
  • Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes
  • Assessment and promotion of student learning (on selected topics)
  • Curriculum design (on selected topics)
  • Employability skills
  • Improving institutional pathways across higher education
  • Improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • The contemporary PhD

and what’s involved in making an application.

The ITL will offer workshops which will be advertised early next year in Teaching@Sydney and on the webpage, for those thinking of applying. If you are thinking of applying,  you will find attending a workshop a useful way of sorting out whether your project fits the scheme and the best way of ensuring that you know what is required by the OLT for a successful application.[close]

The Education and Innovation Grants scheme announced by the DVC-E Pip Pattison was widely welcomed and the number of applications - 107 - for the Small and Large grants show how ke...[more]

Track & Connect - supporting student retention and success

Do you coordinate a large, first-year undergraduate or postgraduate unit? The Track & Connect program, designed to increase student engagement and success during the transition to tertiary study, will be back again in 2015. We'd like to thank all of those of you who have participated in 2014 and invite expressions of interest from unit coordinators for next year's program.

Track & Connect is a proactive retention strategy run by the Student Transition and Retention (STAR) Team in Student Support Services. Our senior student callers connect with first year students at three key points in semester to track student progress, gather feedback on student experience, and offer referrals to support services such as Financial Assistance, CAPS, the Learning Centre and Disability Services. In addition, all students in participating units are provided with information about key dates and support resources via email. The STAR Team also compiles detailed, de-identified feedback for unit coordinators. Students consistently respond well to the Track & Connect program, reporting that they appreciate contact by phone and email both as a source of information about resources and as a source of support during the first-year transition experience.

If you will be coordinating a large first-year undergraduate or postgraduate subject in 2015 and think that the Track & Connect program might be helpful to your students, or if you’d like more information about the program, please contact Dr Sophia Barnes, Student Retention Coordinator in the STAR Team, Student Support Services. 
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#edtech Network

New resources are now available as part of the #edtech Network - check out the recordings of the great talks by Professor Simon Bates, Dr James Humberstone, Dr Danny Liu and Associate Professor Gareth Denyer. You'll find plenty of practical, effective strategies that you can adapt to your own teaching. There's also a handy Teaching Insight on flipped classes.

The final #edtech talk for 2014 was 'Ask Charlie and Academic Professional Development'. Martin Tomitsch, Jen Scott Curwood, Kate Thomson & Liam Moy showed us ‘Ask Charlie’, an app for university teachers focused around assessment and teaching. To test drive the app, go to the demo site www.askcharlie.co and login with demo@askcharlie.co and password sydteach14  Contact Martin Tomitsch for further information. 

Curious about what the Sydney-based MOOC study group has been up to? Check out our blog here.

If you'd like to join the #edtech Network, please sign up here.

If you'd like to suggest a speaker for next year's #edtech talks series, please contact Dr Amani Bell.

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New resources are now available as part of the #edtech Network - check out the recordings of the great talks by Professor Simon Bates, Dr James Humberstone, Dr Danny Liu and Associ...[more]

Video resources from the 2014 Sydney Teaching Colloquium

The Sydney Teaching Colloquium (STC) website has now been updated to include a range of new video resources. We hope you find them useful in your discussions about assessment, assessment standards, and feedback.

You can now view David Boud's keynote Is our assessment up to standard? and the Chris Rust keynote What do we know about assessment & what should we do about assessment? at the STC website.

Below, is a snapshot of the 2014 STC experience from the perspective of presenters and attendees.

Our thanks to the ICT Learning Media Production team for their support.
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The Sydney Teaching Colloquium (STC) website has now been updated to include a range of new video resources. We hope you find them useful in your discussions about assessment, asse...[more]

Breaking the Barriers: A free forum on supporting and engaging first-in-family university learners and their families

Registrations are now being accepted for the one-day forum Breaking the Barriers: Forum on supporting and engaging first-in-family university learners and their families. The forum presents findings from an OLT research project and is both an information sharing event and an opportunity to network and discuss with colleagues about how best to support this particular student cohort. It includes presentations on first in family students who are studying in online and face to face modes, as well as insights into the specifics of students studying at an enabling, pre-degree, and also undergraduate level.

Date: Thursday 12 February, 2015
Time: 9am-3pm
Where: University of Wollongong

The forum is free. Further information about registration is available here.
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Registrations are now being accepted for the one-day forum Breaking the Barriers: Forum on supporting and engaging first-in-family university learners and their families. The forum...[more]

HE Learning and Teaching conferences in Melbourne 2015

Melbourne is definitely the town for higher education learning and teaching resarch activity in 2015. In July, it plays host to the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) conference, and in October, to the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) conferencce. Both events are not to be missed, and there is still time to develop your submission/proposal/abstract to present at both conferences.

Information about submitting your work to the HERDSA conference is available at the website. Make sure you pencil in the closing date February 15. Information about the ISSoTL conference is now also available at their website. You have until April 24 to get your submissions in on time.
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Melbourne is definitely the town for higher education learning and teaching resarch activity in 2015. In July, it plays host to the Higher Education Research and Development Societ...[more]

ISSOTL International Collaborative Writing Groups

As part of the ISSOTL 2015 Conference hosted in Melbourne Australia, colleagues are invited to apply to participate in a year-long international collaborative writing group.

There will be eight groups, each of which will prepare and write an article during 2015-16 on a pre-selected topic about SOTL (the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) for submission for publication. Each group will have seven members chaired by a facilitator familiar with the chosen topic. Ideally each group will include at least one student member.

The groups will work at a distance to prepare a 2000 word outline for online discussion running up to an ISSoTL pre-Conference workshop. They will meet in Melbourne for the two and half days preceding the start of the main conference (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 25-27 October 2015) during which they will spend time preparing their draft paper within their group and in discussion with participants of other groups.

Following the workshop the groups will have five to six months to complete and send in their papers for submission to the Society’s international SOTL journal, Teaching and Learning Inquiry.

What are the topics of the 2015 international collaborative writing groups?
Scholarship of:

  • student employability 
  • work and practice-based learning 
  • inclusive teaching and learning 
  • assessment in the digital age 
  • the flipped classroom
  • the student learning process
  • supporting new academics in teaching and learning
  • researcher development.

How can I find out more and sign up?
Visit the website for all information. The 2015 International Collaborative Writing Group initiative is being coordinated by Kelly Matthews (Australia) and Mick Healey (UK). Any questions can be emailed to Kelly Matthews at k.matthews1@uq.edu.au.

Interested participants should submit an online application form no later than 13 March 2015.

Students
Students (undergraduate or postgraduate) are encouraged to apply. ICWG Workshop fees for selected students will be waived with some travel bursaries available to support international and interstate student participation.[close]

As part of the ISSOTL 2015 Conference hosted in Melbourne Australia, colleagues are invited to apply to participate in a year-long international collaborative writing group. There...[more]

National Senior Teaching Fellowships

National Senior Teaching Fellowships are awarded to outstanding scholars who are respected leaders in learning and teaching in higher education. National Senior Teaching Fellows undertake a significant program of fellowship activities, contribute to various OLT events and develop national and international networks appropriate to the Fellowship activities.
National Senior Teaching Fellows are expected to establish a collaborative team of internationally recognised scholars and to lead an extended seminar as part of their Fellowship program.

National Senior Teaching Fellows will normally be expected to be released from all or most academic activities for one year.
Up to 4 National Senior Teaching Fellowships are available in 2015.

Maximum funding available for each National Senior Teaching Fellowship is $250,000

National Teaching Fellowships

National Teaching Fellows are prominent scholars in their disciplinary fields, recognised by their home institutions for their capacity to make significant contributions to educational leadership into the future. They are normally early or mid-career academics engaged in the scholarly practice of learning and teaching in higher education. National Teaching Fellows undertake a short program of activities over the course of nine to twelve months, addressing an identified learning and teaching issue within their institution or discipline, with the goal of enhancing disciplinary or inter-disciplinary teaching and learning within their institution, and beyond.

Up to 6 National Teaching Fellowships are available in 2015.

Maximum total funding available for each National Teaching Fellowship is $90,000.

Nominations for a 2015 fellowship close on Monday 2 February 2015

For more information on this opportunity please refer to the OTL’s website.
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Warm wishes for a relaxing festive season

Like most of the university community, 2014 has been a busy year for the Teaching and Learning group in the Education Portfolio. In March, three of the units: the Institute for Teaching and Learning, the Maths Learning Centre and the Learning Centre moved to new shared office space at Level 2 South in Fisher Library. The move has supported a number of new collaborations, and we have been able to open up our new space to host meetings and conversations with many more parts of the university community than we have done previously. We hope that 2015 brings more of these opportunities!

June saw the arrival of Professor Pip Pattison, our new DVC Education, marking the beginning of an exciting new planning phase for our work in support of a new Education Vision for Sydney. In September, the university hosted its annual Sydney Teaching Colloquium - with a focus this year on assessment standards - and in the same month, the University launched a new education innovation grants scheme as well as plans for a major revision to the suite of student feedback surveys to support a better alignment with the university's educational priorities. Amongst all this activity, there has been the business-as-usual for colleagues in the units: supporting students' learning needs, collaborating on curriculum and teaching renewal, running our professional development programs, supervising research students, supporting our Curriculum Scholars Networks, helping staff apply for teaching awards and educational grants, and supporting institutional decision-making around teaching, learning and curriculum strategy.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many staff and students who have worked with us on enhancing teaching and learning this year. It is always a collaborative undertaking. Many of you have contributed your expertise to our initiatives, welcomed us as colleagues into your classes, units, departments and faculties, and offered feedback and advice that has improved the way we operate. On behalf of the staff in the ITL, Learning Centre and Maths Learning Centre, I wish you a safe and relaxing festive season in the company of friends, family and loved ones. We look forward to fresh and inspired collaborations in the new year.

Simon Barrie, Director, Teaching and Learning.
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Like most of the university community, 2014 has been a busy year for the Teaching and Learning group in the Education Portfolio. In March, three of the units: the Institute for Tea...[more]

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Current Events & Registration

register Sign up for Teaching@Sydney details 2014
register #edtech talks: Professor Bol, Vice Provost at Harvard, will discuss HarvardX details 20 February
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 26 - 27 February
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 16 - 17 July

closed Foundations of Research Supervision Forum details 9 December
closed #edtech talks: E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC study group details 5 December
closed #edtech talks: An app for university teachers details 28 November
closed #edtech talks: E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC study group details 28 November
closed #edtech talks: E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC study group details 21 November

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