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Save the date – 2014 Sydney Teaching Colloquium

This year’s Colloquium will focus on Assessment. Mark your diaries now for 29-30 September, and watch this space for further information about program themes, keynotes, potential sessions, and most importantly, how you can participate![close]

This year’s Colloquium will focus on Assessment. Mark your diaries now for 29-30 September, and watch this space for further information about program themes, keynotes, pot...[more]

Sydney researchers receive OLT grants for new projects

Congratulations to Professor Paul McGreevy (Veterinary Science) [pictured], who is leading an Australasian project which will develop nationally shared curriculum resources for veterinary undergraduate learning and teaching in animal ethics. The team includes members from all Australian veterinary schools and Massey University, New Zealand.

Congratulations to Dr Martin Tomitsch (Architecture, Design & Planning) and colleagues Dr Jen Scott Curwood (Education & Social Work), Dr Kate Thomson (Health Sciences), and Dr Graham Hendry (Institute for Teaching & Learning). Their project will develop a world-first tablet app that will offer interactive resources and networking opportunities to help academics make better use of their Unit of Study Evaluation results.

The funding of these projects completes a year of successes in which a number of other Sydney applications were also funded by the national Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT):

  • Dr Susan Banki and her team, which includes members from six other universities, received funding for ‘Filling the Social Justice Gap'.
  • Associate Professor Manjula Sharma became a 2013 National Teaching Fellow to work on 'More active lecture approaches in science and mathematics: using expert cultural capital to drive change’.
  • Associate Professor Mark Freeman will provide an OLT Good Practice Report on 'Assuring Learning Outcomes and Standards', which is a summative evaluation of good practices and key outcomes for teaching and learning from national projects and fellowships.
  • Associate Professor Judy Anderson is the leader of the Sydney team contributing to 'Inspiring mathematics and science in teacher education', a project led by the University of Queensland.
  • Dr Abelardo Pardo is the Sydney member on two projects, one led by the University of South Australia on 'Using video annotation software to develop student self-regulated learning’ and the other 'Radical transformation: reimagining engineering education', led by the University of Queensland.
  • Professor Derrick Armstrong and Professor Marie Carroll are project partners in The University of Western Sydney’s 'Student leadership in curriculum development and reform'.

All the grants, apart from that for Mathematics and Science Teaching, qualify as Category One funded grants on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) .

In addition a number of Expressions of Interest from Round 2, 1 2013 were developed into full applications for Round 1, 2014. Final decisions about this round are pending.

To find out more about applying for an OLT grant, see the Teaching@Sydney article below.[close]

Congratulations to Professor Paul McGreevy (Veterinary Science) [pictured], who is leading an Australasian project which will develop nationally shared curriculum resources for v...[more]

OLT grant applications 2014

The upcoming round of grants, Round 2, 2014 offered by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) is only for Seed Projects and for those projects which have already been successful as Expressions of Interest in the previous round. It closes internally on Thursday 29th May.

Seed Projects can be:

  • pilot projects which test and evaluate an original idea, including those that plan to build into full proposals
  • single-institution, small scale projects
  • pilot projects
  • projects to build the capacity of early career academics, including projects which are led by early career academics.

Proposed Seed Projects can address any of the priorities in the Innovation and Development or Leadership for Excellence programs, or any other topic, and can run for a maximum of 12 months. If you are interested in applying for a Seed Project grant, see the ITL webpage and register for the workshop on Thursday 8 May.

The second round of grants in 2014, Round 1, 2015, is scheduled for November. It is expected to include full applications, EOIs and Seed Project applications. If you are considering applying in that round it’s worth starting now as the best applications are carefully planned. For example, full applications require partnerships with other institutions and successful partnerships take time to build.

Other grants offered by the OLT include Extension Grants, which support the continued dissemination and embedding of completed learning and teaching projects. These may be projects funded within institutions, or by one of the OLT's predecessor bodies.[close]

The upcoming round of grants, Round 2, 2014 offered by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) is only for Seed Projects and for those projects which have already been successf...[more]

Closing dates for OLT Citation and Award applications

Would you (or your team) like to be recognised for your contributions to teaching and learning? Applicants for Citations and Awards offered by the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) are nominated by the University after an internal selection process. The internal closing dates this year are Tuesday 22nd April for Citations and Thursday 29th May for the Awards for Programs which Enhance Learning and for Teaching Excellence. Recipients of Citations receive $10,000 and recipients of Awards $25,000.

The main change from previous years is that this year the maximum number the University can nominate for Citations has been shortened to six.

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward the diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning. Citations are awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period, whether they are academic staff, general staff, sessional staff or institutional associates. Citations provide an opportunity for distinctive institutional missions, values and priorities in learning and teaching to be recognised. Citations are awarded for a range of contributions to student learning, both direct and indirect. Applicants for Citations are nominated by the University.

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs and services across eight categories. The University may submit only one nomination in each category.

Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise outstanding university teachers across eight categories, five discipline categories, the Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education, an early career category, and an annual priority area. The University may submit two nominations in each category.

Early Career categories for Awards and Citations are open to those nominees who have no more than five years’ experience teaching in a higher education setting, which includes tutoring and part time teaching.[close]

Would you (or your team) like to be recognised for your contributions to teaching and learning? Applicants for Citations and Awards offered by the Office for Learning and Teachin...[more]

Expanding your conversations about curriculum

Conversations about curriculum (and curriculum renewal) happen regularly in universities – in both big and small ways. One good way to expand your horizons and to find out what else is going on across the university is to join the lively conversations taking place within the Curriculum Scholars’ Networks.

The ITL convenes five Networks, each one designed to offer both practical and research-based guidance on addressing teaching and learning issues that are important but at times challenging or puzzling. For example:

  • How can I use assessment criteria and standards to help me become more efficient with my feedback?
  • Which units around the university have placement/practicum requirements for students? Can I adapt their process and paperwork for my own unit?
  • Which large first year units invite students to carry out ‘actual’ research – with an eye toward publication? What might I draw on in incorporating student inquiry initiatives into my own teaching?
  • How can I take into account the range of diverse students in my class and teach with sensitivity, graciousness, and rigour?
  • How might I work with colleagues to take a ‘program’ approach to supporting students in developing academic skills, literacy and communication?

The Networks comprise university staff who are experimenting with innovative practices in their teaching (and researching their effects on students' learning), as well as those who want to learn more about the latest research or find out what’s happening in faculties, divisions, and professional service units.The Networks can also support faculties engaged in comprehensive curriculum renewal. Visit the links for each of the Networks to download the curriculum resources and to find out how you can participate.

Two of the Networks (CeLT, and Widening Participation) communicate via email lists so sign up to receive the latest information about relevant research and events.[close]

Conversations about curriculum (and curriculum renewal) happen regularly in universities – in both big and small ways. One good way to expand your horizons and to find out...[more]

Videos provide an engaging resource for your students

Would your students benefit from a quality educational video? Audiovisual Services, part of Information Communication Technology at the University, can produce quality videos for use in your teaching. The service is for non-profit curriculum-based projects designed to enhance your students' learning experience.

AV can produce how-to demonstrations, interviews, short docos and scripted role plays. For unfunded projects, five minutes of edited content is provided at no cost. For longer and funded videos (subsidised) charges will apply. Here are some samples of Educational Videos that AV has produced.

If you would like to have an educational video produced, please check that your project meets our Production Policy, and submit a Proposal Form.

AV does not make videos for promotional or marketing purposes. They also do not video lectures or presentations, however they do have a DIY camera and Echo360 lecture recording tools for this purpose.

For more information on these services contact the ICT Helpdesk on 9351 6000 and select option 2.[close]

Would your students benefit from a quality educational video? Audiovisual Services, part of Information Communication Technology at the University, can produce quality videos for...[more]

Do you teach in the Sciences, Mathematics or the Applied Sciences?

University teachers in the Sciences, Mathematics or the Applied Sciences have an opportunity to share ideas and keep up to date through the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education.

This year's conference is being held from 29 September to 1 October at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney.

The theme of the conference is Student engagement: From the classroom to the workplace. How can educators design and implement classroom activities (physical, online or blended) and assessments to facilitate and reward student engagement and encourage ownership of learning and graduate attributes?

Keynote speakers include Professor Tina Overton (Monash University) and Professor Beverley Oliver (DVC Education, Deakin University).

Submissions will open from 10 April and include:

  • Abstract only: Extended abstract between 300-500 words
  • Non-refereed paper: Full article submission 3-4 pages
  • Refereed paper: Full article submission 5-6 pages
  • Ideas Exchange (Roundtable/'Nuts and Bolts'): An opportunity to road test your work in progress or yet to be tried ideas, with colleagues in the field

To find out more about the conference and to register, click here.[close]

University teachers in the Sciences, Mathematics or the Applied Sciences have an opportunity to share ideas and keep up to date through the Australian Conference on Science and M...[more]

Call for papers - AARE conference

This year the International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) will be held in partnership with the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE).

AARE and NZARE are national associations fostering educational research in Australia and New Zealand and the conference will facilitate contact between educational researchers and support the development of high quality educational research.

The conference will be held at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane from Sunday 30 November to Thursday 4 December.

The closing date for abstracts for symposia, panels and papers is 14 May. Further details are available at the conference website.[close]

This year the International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) will be held in partnership with the New Zealand Association for Research in...[more]

The ITL takes up residence in the Library

The ITL has moved from the Carslaw Building.

On 2 April 2014, the ITL moved into new accommodation in the Fisher Library. Our new address is: Level 2 South, Fisher Library, F03, but our email addresses and phone numbers remain the same.

We are sharing space (in what was formerly the stacks) with the Learning Centre and the Maths Learning Centre. Access to all three units is via the level 2 equivalent of the main entrance area, or via the ‘stacks’ stairs. The co-location is anticipated to lead to an enhanced understanding of teaching and learning at Sydney University, synergy in research, and greater collaboration between units within the DVC Education portfolio on issues of strategic significance.

Some of our meetings and seminars will be held in this new space, but if you would like to visit us there is no need to wait for a meeting invitation. You are welcome to drop in when you are next near to the Fisher Library.
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The ITL has moved from the Carslaw Building. On 2 April 2014, the ITL moved into new accommodation in the Fisher Library. Our new address is: Level 2 South, Fisher Library, F03...[more]

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Current Events & Registration

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register Join Teaching@Sydney mailing list

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register OLT Grant applicants workshop - 8 May 2014

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8 May
register Foundations of Research Supervision Forum: 1pm - 3pm

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9 July
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning

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10 - 11 July
register Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning

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2 - 3 October

closed Foundations of Research Supervision Forum: 1pm - 3pm

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21 March
closed Learning and Teaching Awards Workshop

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20 March

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