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Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards 2015

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 University Learning and Teaching Awards! There were some very strong applications for Outstanding Teaching, Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision and the Support of the Student Experience categories.  DVC Education, Professor Pip Pattison has announced seven awards in three categories.

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Teaching

  • Dr Elizabeth New (Early Career) – Faculty of Science, Chemistry
  • A/Prof Brendon O’Connor – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, United States Studies Centre
  • Dr Carolyn Stott – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, French Studies
  • A/Prof Graham White – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Economics

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision

  • Professor Christopher Dickman – Faculty of Science, Biological Sciences

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Support of the Student Experience

  • FASS Student Liaison Program – Dr Rebecca Johinke, Ms Deborah Rodrigo, Mr Dan Smith – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Indigenous Strategy and Services and Faulty of Arts and Social Sciences – Kinship Online Module - Ms Lynette Riley, Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner and A/Prof Janet Mooney
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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 University Learning and Teaching Awards! There were some very strong applications for Outstanding Teaching, Excellence in Research Hig...[more]

Grants for Educational Innovation now open

The DVC Education Professor Pip Pattison is now inviting applications for our education grant schemes:

Educational Innovation Grants

In 2015, approximately $800K is available to support educational innovation projects in faculties. These grants were first offered last year and the successful projects are well underway. This funding supports initiatives for quality improvement and innovation in teaching and learning.  Both the Small and Large Educational Innovation Grants are intended to support faculty or cross faculty activities that involve the creative application of existing approaches and technologies or the development of novel approaches and technologies to one or more units of study in order to improve students’ learning experiences.

Applications from faculty staff in all divisions will be considered in two funding rounds:

  • Round 1: Small Educational Innovation Grants: Applications opened on Monday 11 May and close on Tuesday 14 July.
  • Round 2: Small and Large Educational Innovation Grants: Applications will open on Friday 17 July and close on Thursday 27 August. An information session for intending applicants will be held on Friday 24 July at 11am to 12pm, General Lecture Theatre K2.05, Quadrangle (A14).


HDR+ Staff Grants

Available for the first time in 2015, the HDR+ Staff Grants support the development of faculty-led, online resources, to support successful HDR candidature and academic enrichment.  Approximately $60K is available for teams seeking to develop online resources to address educational needs typically identified through HDR TNA process, Student Research Experience Questionnaire data or other faculty processes.  Examples include: ethics, data science, research methods and academic writing.

Information and application forms for all grant schemes is available on the website
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The DVC Education Professor Pip Pattison is now inviting applications for our education grant schemes: Educational Innovation Grants In 2015, approximately $800K is available to...[more]

Learning analytics - what we're doing, what we could do

An increasing focus on technology in education has seen the advent of learning analytics, and along with it the possibility of personalising the learning experience for our students.

This year at Sydney we are engaging with analytics as never before. A new SEG Education Committee Analytics Working Group has been established, and began meeting in April. In November, we will be hosting the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI). And on 30 June, the monthly meeting of the NSW Learning Analytics Working Group – a network of academic and professional staff across many of the universities in the Sydney metropolitan region – will be held at the University of Sydney.

The 30 June meeting is open to anyone in the University community with an interest in learning analytics.

  • 12.30pm - 1.00pm: Lunch
  • 1.00pm - 1.40pm: Using academic data to personalise support in a large faculty, Professor Adam Bridgeman
  • 1.40pm - 2:20pm: A multimodal method for analyzing complex learning, Dr Kate Thompson
  • 2.20pm - 3.00pm: Academic analytics versus learning analytics – Rivals or complementary strangers? Plenary discussion

Register here and please invite students and colleagues to come along too. All are welcome.

If you have any queries or suggestions about analytics at the University, please contact Kathryn Bartimote-Aufflick
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Join us for June's #edtech talks

Please join us for the Education Portfolio's next #edtech talk on Friday 19 June 12.00-1.00pm.
 

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Dr Ehssan Sakhaee of the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies will speak on Flipping with Edutainment

In recent times student engagement has become a more difficult task for educators. How can we compete with the enriched multimedia experiences and social media networks now available to students continuously throughout the day and allow them to engage with class more effectively, in our online and face to face classes? One answer is to edutain them. The use of multimedia, illustrations, videos and animations to entertain and educate students simultaneously. This talk will show some of the tools available to do this and how to get started today!

Samantha Haley, tutor of Japanese in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will speak on Enhancing workforce readiness through Voice Board and Kaltura Media

After graduating from Sydney University in languages, Samantha spent the next 16 years working in Tokyo before returning to Sydney and to Sydney University 7 years ago. She has been teaching Japanese language ever since and in addition, last year commenced the development of the Diploma of Languages (accelerated mode) which is a blended learning course and the first of its kind at the university. This pilot program commenced this year, with Levels 1 and 2 completed in January and February and Level 3 which will take place in July. The use of tools such as voice board and kaltura media form an integral part of the blended learning component. In this talk, Samantha will share some of the uses of these tools and discuss some possible variations to use across other disciplines and other modes of learning, as well as look at student feedback to see if these tools really do motivate our students. 

In July, we will have a break between the semesters. Stay tuned for exciting #edtech talks coming in Semester 2.

The #edtech talks series is part of the Sydney Teaching Seminars.
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Please join us for the Education Portfolio's next #edtech talk on Friday 19 June 12.00-1.00pm.   Register here Dr Ehssan Sakhaee of the Faculty of Engineering & Inf...[more]

Changes to the Office for Learning and Teaching

An announcement in the Federal budget about the Office for Learning and Teaching revealed that the current OLT will be replaced by a new institute with its responsibilities being moved to a specialist centre within the university sector. The Office for Learning and Teaching will continue in its current form until 30 June 2016, with any ongoing contracts and commitments being transferred to the new institute. From 1 July 2016, a new institute will be established with $28 million in funding to promote excellence in teaching and learning in universities. This will involve administering the grants, fellowships and awards under the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme.

At this stage it appears the major change will be in governance. Universities will be invited to bid to host the new institute. A spokesman for Education Minister Christopher Pyne said, “The government will invite universities to submit proposals either singly or in consortia to create an institute ... which is committed to promoting and rewarding the highest quality teaching, student learning experience and student outcomes”. Governance arrangements will be collaborative and draw on sector wide expertise to provide oversight of the grants, fellowships and awards, administration of the institute and deal with any perceptions of conflict of interest.

Details about the time period for the funding and the impact on grant and award programs are not yet known but the key elements of the current highly regarded grants, fellowships and awards will be retained, and will continue to be competitive and peer assessed. The Minister will continue to approve grants, fellowships and awards.
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An announcement in the Federal budget about the Office for Learning and Teaching revealed that the current OLT will be replaced by a new institute with its responsibilities being m...[more]

The Big Idea arrives at Sydney - tell your students!

The Business School has teamed up with the Big Issue, Australia's longest standing and most successful social enterprise, in a unique inter-university social enterprise competition - The Big Idea. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University (in all degrees, disciplines and professions) are invited to participate. Students work in teams to develop a concept and business plan for a new social enterprise that might become the next 'big idea'. Invite your students to apply their business acumen and creative thinking skills to develop an idea that has the potential to change the lives of thousands of homeless and disadvantaged Australians.

Registrations opened on 11 May and will close 12 June. All students across the University are welcome to take part! An information session for students will take place on Wednesday 3 June, 12-2pm New Law Lecture Theatre 101. Encourage your students to visit the website to register their interest and to learn more about The Big idea initiative.
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The Business School has teamed up with the Big Issue, Australia's longest standing and most successful social enterprise, in a unique inter-university social enterprise competi...[more]

Resources from the School of Business Blended Learning Forum

A number of the video presentations from the School of Business Blended Learning and Educational Innovation Symposium: Revolution, Evolution or No Solution on May 6 are now available.

Highlights include:

  • Professor Stephen Kosslyn, Founding Dean of the Minerva School of Arts and Sciences provided the keynote address, an illuminating and fascinating talk about the educational philosophy underpinning the teaching at Minerva and the technology platform they have developed to service what is taught and why.
  • Dr Sandra Peter shares the how and why of the design and delivery of BUSS5002 Business Fundamentals, a trial online voluntary elective in the MCom, providing students with no prior business knowledge the foundational knowledge of business operations, management and decisions.
  • Associate Professor Kai Riemer provides an entertaining explanation of the team based low-tech blended learning approach used in INFS1000.

The remainder of the videos will be added progressively over the next week.

For any queries please contact Serena Wilson in the School of Business.
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A number of the video presentations from the School of Business Blended Learning and Educational Innovation Symposium: Revolution, Evolution or No Solution on May 6 are now availab...[more]

53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About

In this month's edition, Gibbs reviews the evidence that students benefit from being taught by teachers who are also researchers. His conclusion? That it is difficult to demonstrate what the benefit is to students. What's your view? Is Gibbs on the wrong track?

Graham Gibbs is one of the UK's most well known advocates of improving university learning and teaching. With his colleagues (Habeshaw & Habeshaw), he was responsible for the very popular '53 Interesting Ideas' books series that have supported countless teachers (new and experienced) navigate their way through tricky classroom and curriculum dilemmas. Gibbs's new blog 53 Powerful Ideas all Teachers Should Know About offers a research summary of key issues.
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In this month's edition, Gibbs reviews the evidence that students benefit from being taught by teachers who are also researchers. His conclusion? That it is difficult to demons...[more]

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