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#edtech talks: Professor Simon Bates on flipped classes

Launching the Education Portfolio's #edtech talks series (see item below) is a seminar from Professor Simon Bates, Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology at the University of British Columbia:

If you don’t lecture, what do you do? Active learning inside the classroom

Time spent with students in class is a valuable and limited commodity. Enabled by the affordances of technology to now provide easier access to course content, communication, collaboration and assessment activities, many instructors are (re)designing courses that seek to make the best possible use of class time for what is known from research to be more effective for learning than passive listening. Discussions around instructional strategies for blended and online learning, flipped classrooms and active engagement are becoming more widespread across campuses.

But, as one of my colleagues has put it, ‘if you don’t lecture, what do you do?’ And how do you fit all the pieces of a course together? What about workload, for both faculty and students? What about student engagement with, or resistance to, such approaches? And where is the research evidence for the effectiveness of these strategies? This talk will attempt to provide answers to these questions, drawing on experience from my own teaching of large introductory science courses at UBC and previously in the UK, together with instructional methodologies that have become widely adopted.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices, which will be used during the session.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 22 October
Time: 10 - 11am
Venue: Bosch Building D04, Lecture Theatre 1, The University of Sydney
Register with the ITL

Read about the rest of the #edtech talk series here.

For further information on the #edtech talks, or to suggest a speaker for next year, please contact the ITL.[close]

Launching the Education Portfolio's #edtech talks series (see item below) is a seminar from Professor Simon Bates, Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Techno...[more]

#edtech talks

The DVC Education Portfolio is pleased to present a series of #edtech talks focussing on evolving and revolutionising learning and teaching through technology. These include sessions where you can bring your lunch and come along and learn about practical, hands-on teaching strategies from colleagues across the Faculties, Education portfolio and ICT. We are launching the series with a talk from Professor Simon Bates who is visiting Sydney from the University of British Columbia, on the topical issue of Flipped Classrooms.  Also, if you are interested in learning more about e-learning and MOOCs you might want to join the group of Sydney staff who will be exploring and discussing their experiences of the world renowned 'E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC’ from the University of Edinburgh. The MOOC will run from 3rd November to 7 December, and the ITL and Sydney eLearning will co-host a weekly study group for those wishing to add a face-to-face component to their studies.

Register here for events in the first series:

Stay tuned for more talks in the series in November Teaching@Sydney.

For further information on the #edtech talks, or to suggest a speaker for next year, please contact Amani Bell.


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The DVC Education Portfolio is pleased to present a series of #edtech talks focussing on evolving and revolutionising learning and teaching through technology. These include s...[more]

OLT Citations and the Co-Op Teaching Award - Congratulations!

The 2014 Office of Learning and Teaching Citations for the Support of the Student Experience have been announced by the Minister and awarded at a recent ceremony.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison congratulated the 2014 citation winners.

“It is wonderful to see their outstanding efforts in learning and teaching recognised at the national level,” said Professor Pattison. “Their recognition adds further breadth and depth to the rich educational expertise of University staff now showcased through the OLT Citation award program.”

Congratulations to the successful University of Sydney recipients:

Professor Craig Mellis, Associate Professor Kirsten Black, Dr Annette Burgess, Dr Renata Chapman and Associate Professor Chris Roberts

For providing a collaborative and dynamic social learning network which enhances the critically important graduate attributes of professionalism and clinical skills required by medical students.

The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program of the University of Sydney, Central Clinical School, consists of four key PAL student-centred activities, each of which offers valuable experiences for enriching student learning. The activities address students' needs to develop their professional skills and clinical knowledge in authentic learning environments.  Results of evaluations have shown that participating students are better prepared for their summative assessments and for their future careers as medical practitioners.

Dr Jennifer Way
Education and Social Work

For developing innovative technology-based resources for mathematics education designed to engage and inspire future teachers of mathematics and provide professional support nationally

Two on-going issues in the mathematics education of pre-service primary teachers are the development of deep pedagogical content knowledge in difficult curriculum topics, and the effective use of technologies for learning. Dr Jennifer Way has addressed these issues through developing engaging curricula and specific teaching strategies to inspire future teachers of mathematics. She has created many innovative digital learning resources and professional development materials, which are being used by mathematics educators across Australia.


The University Co-Op Excellence in Teaching Award 2014

The purpose of this award is to promote, recognise and reward teaching practices that offer a fulfilling and well-rounded student-centred experience including access to academic and support resources and appreciation of the University of Sydney community.  The 2014 award winner was announced at the Sydney Teaching Colloquium.

Dr James Humberstone is the 2014 recipient of the award which acknowledges Dr Humberstone’s creative, imaginative and innovative approach to teaching. His application successfully demonstrated his enthusiasm for his discipline and passion for the use of technology in Music Education.

Find out more about James’ teaching at his #edtech talk on Friday 7th November.
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The 2014 Office of Learning and Teaching Citations for the Support of the Student Experience have been announced by the Minister and awarded at a recent ceremony. Deputy Vice-Chan...[more]

Applying for OLT opportunities

The internal closing date for the first round of 2015 OLT Grants, which is only for full proposals and EOIs, is 14 November 2014. While applications for seed grants are not due until Round 2 which closes in June 2015, it is not too early to begin preparing to apply. Priorities areas for the round are:

  • 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

Information for those interested in making an application can be found here. Contact Alison Kuiper if you have any questions.


The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)  is holding an Information Session which will provide information for those interested in applying for all the OLT opportunities: Grants, Awards, Citations, Fellowships and Secondments. The OLT encourages anyone  planning to apply for an OLT Grant, or interested in the OLT Programmes, to attend.

Discover all about the OLT Programmes, meet with OLT staff, hear the latest OLT news and ask questions about OLT. 

Date: Monday 13 October 2014 Time: 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Location: University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

  • 9.30-10.00am - Introduction and opportunities in 2015
  • 10.00-10.45am - OLT programmes, priority areas and how to apply for: - Grants - Fellowships - Awards and Citations
  • 10.45-11.00am - Morning tea
  • 11.00am-12.30pm - Impact as a focus for OLT Programmes: mini-workshop
  • 12.30-1.30pm - Q&A, followed by opportunity for informal discussion

An OLT representative and OLT Secondee, Ms Tilly Hinton, will guide you through the programme.

Register here to attend.
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The internal closing date for the first round of 2015 OLT Grants, which is only for full proposals and EOIs, is 14 November 2014. While applications for seed grants are not due unt...[more]

Educational Innovation Grants - extra resources

In response to the interest in the new grants scheme announced by the DVCE, Proferessor Pip Pattison, the web page for the grants now provides extra information.

The information about the aims, criteria, sources of support, application and selection processes  and submission and access to the guidelines and application forms has been supplemented by:

  • FAQs based on questions asked at the three workshops
  •  Powerpoint slides from workshops, which include links to sources of support
  • how to find collaborators for your project
  • a list of past successful projects

Check the resources on the page, including the link to Engaged Enquiry.

Note that the application process includes a ranking by your faculty. To check your faculty submission date  contact your Associate Dean L&T.
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In response to the interest in the new grants scheme announced by the DVCE, Proferessor Pip Pattison, the web page for the grants now provides extra information. The information a...[more]

Highlights from the 2014 Colloquium - #sydteach report

The Sydney Teaching Colloquium is over for another year.  Our thanks to the university community - the 300 or so staff and students - who turned out in full force for two days for fresh, lively and stimulating discussions about assessment, and assessment standards. In opening the Colloquium, the Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence set the tone declaring that it was now time to lift the heavy burden of assessment from the shoulders of staff. Imagine the collective sigh of relief!

 

 

This year’s keynotes – David Boud and Chris Rust – not only filled the room each morning, but also gave the keen tweeters among the Colloquium audience much to reflect on. Boud suggested that we needed to shift focus from the provision of feedback to analysing its effects on students’ learning, while Rust argued that the key to assessment change was in developing students’ assessment literacy. Both keynotes will be available in full on video, shortly (along with their slides).

Some 40 or so staff (plus students) presented their work – a good deal of it offering conceptual shifts, practical tips, tools and resources intended to shake up our assessment practices. There was no end to the apps, videos, frameworks, exemplars and matrices on offer to support staff in the task of translating the research evidence into something workable for a classroom full of students.

STC Student AmbassadorsA wonderful highlight was this year’s Student Colloquium Ambassadors. Identifiable in their orange t-shirts mingling among the crowd, they carried the responsibility of evaluating this year’s event. And what they had to offer did not disappoint. Gently leading the day 2 audience through their three criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of this year's STC (attendance, collaboration, and quality of the ideas), their final message to Colloquium attendees about assessment was this: “Use the research to inform assessment design; make it relevant, intriguing and challenging; help us see the rationale for the task; give us feedback that is timely and future-focused; and provide opportunities for us to make sense of our feedback.”

A good way to find out what happened at the Colloquium is to visit the twitter hashtag #sydteach14. Or you can read the storified version here. If you attended the Colloquium and did not have a chance to offer your feedback, there is still time to do so. Visit tinyurl.com/lhbk5d3. We look forward to seeing you at next year's Colloquium.[close]

The Sydney Teaching Colloquium is over for another year.  Our thanks to the university community - the 300 or so staff and students - who turned out in full force for two days...[more]

Building an inclusive culture - Indigenous Knowledge seminar series

The University’s Wingara Mura -Bunga Barrabugu Strategy has a number of aims, including the following:

  • to create a university community where students and staff are able to “engage effectively respectfully and productively in critical thinking and self-reflection about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues specifically, and diversity more broadly”; and
  • to prepare students and staff “to research and use knowledge from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sources and settings ethically and effectively”.

With the support of the DVC Indigenous Strategy and Services and the National Centre for Cultural Competence, the Faculty of Veterinary Science will hold their 3rd Indigenous seminar series during October. Staff and students from all faculties are invited to hear an excellent group of speakers discuss topics related to animal research and cultural competence in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander area. This is a great opportunity for staff and students to enhance their knowledge about Indigenous cultures, engage with the speakers and develop networks for professional placements and teaching/research collaborations.

Please see below the names of the speakers, and dates, so you can enter these dates into your diaries.  More details on the speakers, their areas of interest, biographies and a description for each talk will be provided before each talk.

These talks will be presented at the Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre, Camperdown campus, on Thursdays 1-2 pm on October 9, 16, 23 and 30. For more information, please contact Dr Jaime Gongora, the Faculty's Sub Dean for Indigenous Strategy.

  • 9th October - Reconciliation and how we are building an inclusive culture in our workplaces, universities and communities. Leah Armstrong (CEO of Reconciliation Australia and a fellow of the University of Sydney Senate)
  • 16th October - Cultural competency while conducting scientific research in an Aboriginal Australian community: lessons learnt. Layla Schrieber (Faculty of Veterinary Science alumni who has conducted scientific research in Indigenous communities)
  • 23rd October - The Seven Sisters are rising; the dingoes now have pups!  – A link between animal breeding cycles and Aboriginal Astronomy? Trevor Leaman (researcher at the Wiradjuri Cultural Astronomy Project, UNSW)
  • 30th October - Protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and understanding how Indigenous People see the landscape and environment. Jimmy Richards (Jimmy is a Senior Ranger with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Resource Management)  
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The University’s Wingara Mura -Bunga Barrabugu Strategy has a number of aims, including the following: to create a university community where students and staff are able t...[more]

Extended deadline for Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy

The closing date for applications for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy has been extended to encourage applications for this award. It seeks to promote, recognise and reward outstanding and innovative contributions to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy at the University of Sydney. Nominees must demonstrate an outstanding contribution to the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy. The award is for the sum of $10,000.

The closing date for 2014 has been extended to Friday 31st  October. Click here for information on eligibility and how to apply. If you have any questions about the award please contact the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services).

This award is in addition to the Indigenous Education strategic bonus awards offered by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services).The bonus awards are  part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award schemes  for outstanding teaching, research higher degree supervision and support for student learning.[close]

The closing date for applications for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy has been exte...[more]

Learning Analytics: assisting universities with student retention

Learning analytics is about using data to add new dimensions to conversations about how we can best optimise learning environments.

An OLT project from four universities (Charles Darwin University, Griffith University, The University of Newcastle, Murdoch University) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education aims to provide staff across higher education institutions with resources that will help them to understand what is happening, what might happen and what challenges and opportunities exist for them.

If you are a member of academic staff academic staff involved in student learning (teaching staff, learning support, student support and the like), your help is requested in answering an online, anonymous survey. Do not be put off because you think you do not know much about learning analytics. Your answers will still be useful.

Click here to begin the survey.

The project information sheet can be viewed here and useful definitions and information on using the online survey tool can be found here. The project has received ethics approval (Ref H14017) from the Charles Darwin University Human Research Ethics Committee. Contact is at cdu-ethics@cdu.edu.au. If you want to know when resources and findings become available e-mail david.heath@cdu.edu.au.  The project leader is Deborah West, deborah.west@cdu.edu.au[close]

Learning analytics is about using data to add new dimensions to conversations about how we can best optimise learning environments. An OLT project from four universities (Charles...[more]

CoCo / Sciences & Technologies of Learning Network (STL) events

You may be interested in the following upcoming events hosted by CoCo and the Sciences & Technologies of Learning Network:

  • Tuesday 7th October - Bonnie Nardi presents Heteromation: Dividing Labor between People and Machine, a jointly-sponsored talk by Human Centered Technology Cluster and the Sciences & Technologies of Learning Network. RSVP essential - http://bit.ly/Oct7Nardi
  • Wednesday 15th October - Sid Newton & Russell Lowe present on Hyper-Immersive Learning and Teaching at 11am in room 230 of the Education Building. No RSVP needed.
  • Wednesday 29th October - Professor John Sutton presents on Collaborative Memory and Distributed Cognitive Ecologies at 11am in room 230 of the Education Building. No RSVP needed.
  • Thursday 6th November - Research Fest, save the date.

For further details about the CoCo STL events, please contact Sadhbh Warren.[close]

You may be interested in the following upcoming events hosted by CoCo and the Sciences & Technologies of Learning Network: Tuesday 7th October - Bonnie Nardi presents Hetero...[more]

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Current Events & Registration

register Sign up for Teaching@Sydney details 2014
register #edtech talks: Fostering student engagement and participation using online tools in and out of class details 31 October
register #edtech talks: E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC study group details 7 November
register #edtech talks: Student-negotiated assessment details 7 November
register #edtech talks: E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC study group details 14 November
register #edtech talks: E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC study group details 21 November
register #edtech talks: An app for university teachers details 28 November
register #edtech talks: E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC study group details 28 November
register #edtech talks: E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC study group details 5 December
register Foundations of Research Supervision Forum details 9 December
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 26 - 27 February

closed #edtech talks: The Flipped Classroom: If you don’t lecture….what do you do? details 22 October
closed Foundations of Research Supervision Forum details 21 October
closed Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning details 2 - 3 October
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