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Sydney Teaching Colloquium 4th November 2015

The theme for this year’s Colloquium is ‘Cultural competence is everyone’s business’.

For our students and graduates to ‘work productively, collaboratively and openly in diverse groups and across cultural boundaries’[1], we need to embed cultural competence in pedagogy and curriculum. This year's colloquium explores issues and solutions in meeting this challenge. We will partner with industry representatives and national thought leaders to discuss the topic, and share insights from Sydney staff and students. Join us to explore what cultural competence means for you. How might we assess and give feedback on students' cultural competence? How do we develop cultural competence in our research students and research spaces? What do the professions really want from our graduates? And what do we bring to the table in terms of our own identities and experiences?

The Colloquium builds on and recognises the work of the university’s National Centre for Cultural Competence and the Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu (‘thinking path to make tomorrow’) Strategy. Cultural Competence is strongly featured in the Developing a distinctive undergraduate education discussion paper, released in June.

Please save that date in your diaries to join us on Wednesday 4 November, and watch out for future announcements information about program themes, keynotes, student ambassadors, and most importantly, how you can participate! Please contact Amani Bell if you have any queries.

 

[1] Developing a distinctive undergraduate education discussion paper, p.12[close]

The theme for this year’s Colloquium is ‘Cultural competence is everyone’s business’. For our students and graduates to ‘work productively, collabora...[more]

Find out about adaptive learning technology at the BEST Network 2015 Community Summit

You are invited to attend the BEST Network 2015 Community Summit, co-hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison.

The Biomedical Education Skills and Training (BEST) Network is a community of academics interested in collaborative educational engagement using online tools and resources, particularly in the fields of health and biomedical sciences.

The summit will feature presentations from leading educators, and will be relevant for those who are interested in using technology to enable adaptive learning.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Pip Pattison: DVC Education, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Nicholas Hawkins: HEAD of the BEST Network  and Professor of Innovative Technology in Medical Education at the University of Queensland
  • A/Professor Gareth Denyer, Associate Dean (International Affairs) Science Faculty, The University of Sydney.
  • Dr Dror Ben-Naim: Founder & CEO, Smart Sparrow

The program is available here.

When:  9am to 2.45pm, Thursday 23 July
Where: Auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub

You can register here for a full or half day.[close]

You are invited to attend the BEST Network 2015 Community Summit, co-hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison. The Biomedical Education Skills and T...[more]

#edtech talk - Professor Gregor Kennedy on Logging Students: Understanding Digital Learning One Click at a Time

Professor Gregor Kennedy, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

One of the great advantages of being a researcher in the area of educational technology is that when students interact with digital learning environments they leave digital footprints that can logged, stored and analysed. Educational researchers have long-been interested in students’ digital interactions – their clicks, the sequence of their actions, the time they spend on tasks – and using these to understand student learning. Drawing on research conducted at the University of Melbourne over a number of years, in this presentation, I will provide examples of how, by logging students’ learning behaviours, educational technology research has shown how students routinely fail to adhere to the pedagogical intent underpinning tasks set by teachers. Logging students has also revealed how different curriculum designs constrain or liberate students’ learning activities, and how students’ study strategies significantly impact on their learning outcomes. I will conclude the presentation with an example of current research that shows how the application of “real-time analytics” can improve students’ learning through the provision of timely feedback.

Gregor Kennedy is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation) at the University of Melbourne and a Professor in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. In his PVC role, Gregor leads the University's strategy in curriculum innovation, technology-enhanced teaching, learning and assessment, MOOCs, academic analytics, and the use of physical and virtual space in teaching and learning. Gregor has spent over 15 years conducting and overseeing research and development in educational technology in higher education. His current research interests include students’ motivation and self-regulation; interaction and engagement in digital learning environments; understanding confusion and the provision of feedback to students engaged in digital tasks, the use of 3D immersive simulation for learning; and the use of learning analytics for improved learning design, teaching and student support. Gregor has published widely in these areas, is the past editor the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology and serves on a number of editorial boards. He is a regular invited and keynote speaker at national and international conferences on educational technology and higher education.

When: Monday 27 July
Time: 4-5pm
Venue: Room 218, Fisher Library
Register: Click here

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Professor Gregor Kennedy, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne One of the great advantages of being a researcher in the area of educatio...[more]

MOOC study group

Are you interested in learning more about online teaching? The ITL and eLearning will co-host a study group for those enrolled in the UNSW's Learning to Teach Online MOOC (sign up for the MOOC here). We'll chat about what we learn and use the time to do some of the coursework. The group will meet weekly for an hour on Fridays during the six weeks of the MOOC, from 10 July to 14 August inclusive. Lunch will be provided!

This is the second time the MOOC has run. It is based on award-winning open educational resources and had over 25,000 enrolments in its first run, last year. The MOOC offers practical strategies and advice to help educators develop or improve an online teaching strategy they can then apply to their own teaching. The MOOC is valuable for educators in any discipline or sector who want to improve their understanding and application of various technologies to meet the needs of contemporary teaching practices.

Register here for the study group.
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Are you interested in learning more about online teaching? The ITL and eLearning will co-host a study group for those enrolled in the UNSW's Learning to Teach Online MOOC (sign...[more]

Cultural Competence & Inclusive Teaching Network

In line with the University's commitment to cultural competence, the former Widening Participation Scholars Network has been re-named as the Cultural Competence & Inclusive Teaching (CC-IT) Network. This change has been made to consolidate on strategic priorities.

The new CC-IT Network is a collaboration between the Social Inclusion Unit, the University's National Centre for Cultural Competence, and the DVC Education Portfolio via the Institute for Teaching and Learning. Like the former network, the CC-IT is a community of practice - a place where university staff can learn about new resources, access information about events, and where appropriate, gather together to talk about teaching ideas and practices. In light of the focus for the 2015 Sydney Teaching Colloquium Cultural competence is everyone's business, you may wish to join the email list to keep abreast of the conversations.

Visit the revised Cultural Competence and Inclusive Teaching website to learn more about the Network.[close]

In line with the University's commitment to cultural competence, the former Widening Participation Scholars Network has been re-named as the Cultural Competence & Inclusive...[more]

eLearning workshops - develop or extend your skills

Sydney eLearning is offering a range of workshops for staff wishing to develop or extend their skills teaching online, using the University's eLearning enterprise systems. New topics include the use of Collaborate for web-conferencing and Kaltura for managing videos. These workshops develop teaching and learning opportunities afforded by integrating the physical and virtual learning environments at the University of Sydney. There is a strong focus in each workshop on pedagogy and the student experience.

Fundamentals Workshops:

29/06/2015 - 10:00–12:00 OR 23/07/2015 - 14:00–16:00

The Fundamentals workshop gives you a clear overview of the University's Learning Management System (LMS), including how to upload files and materials, create new content folders, accessing a variety of Unit of Study tools including tools for communication and student collaboration and accessing students' assessment tasks.

Focus Workshops

Two hour workshops that cover the LMS tools in detail. These workshops cover the assessment, grading, communication and collaborative functionality of the LMS. Integration of teaching with other elearning systems is also covered. If you are new to teaching with a university learning management system, it is recommended that you complete the Fundamentals workshop before enrolling in a Focus workshop:

Assignments: 06/07/2015 - 14:00–16:00

In this workshop, workflow processes for creating, editing, and managing assignments using the learning management assignment tool will be covered. This workshop is particularly useful for exploring the management of group assignments. Strategies for accessing and/or downloading student assignment submissions for efficient online and offline grading will be also be covered.

Groups: 09/07/2015 - 10:00–12:00

This workshop focusses on the planning and managing of collaborative group activities that enhance the student experience in an integrated learning environment; including how to create and manage groups within the University LMS.

Communications: 16/07/2015 - 14:00–16:00

This workshop focuses on utilising the communication tools in the University LMS, to foster student collaboration and disseminate information. The range of communication tools available in the LMS includes Announcements, Blogs, Discussion boards, Journals, Wikis and email. Tips and recommended best practices for communicating with students using these tools will be covered.

Tests and Surveys: 16/07/2015 - 10:00–12:00

Tests and surveys are used to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. Various question types are available for use in both tests and surveys. This workshop will cover the examples of question types and their compilation to create a test or survey. Options for managing the deployment and timing of the test or survey will be addressed.

Extension Workshops

These workshops build on the Focus workshops and it is recommended that staff complete at least one Focus workshop, before enrolling in an Extension workshop.

Assessment rubrics for marking criteria: 20/07/2015 - 14:00–16:00

To improve the clarity of your unit goals and standards, and to save you time and help your students, this workshop will help you design an online ‘rubric’ or marking criteria. In this workshop, participants will design online rubrics based on marking criteria with a focus on providing constructive feedback to students.

Introduction to Collaborate: 07/07/2015 - 10:00–12:00 OR 20/07/2015 - 10:00–12:00

Blackboard Collaborate is a web-conferencing technology available for use within the University's Learning Management System. Develop your skills in managing Collaborate web-conferencing sessions and using available pedagogical tools, to enable engagement and collaboration between participants who are not physically co-located.

Introduction to Kaltura: 10/07/2015 - 10:00–12:00

This workshop will focus on key strategies for effective development and use of streamed videos in the University learning management system. You'll learn about how both students and staff can use Kaltura to enhance student engagement, how to create videos and about the University’s copyright regulations, in relation to the use of media in an online environment.

To view the next available training dates and register, visit the Sydney eLearning website. You can also register through CareerPath. Once you have logged in to CareerPath, select Sydney eLearning under ‘Browse for Training’ on the left-hand side.

The workshops are provided as part of a suite of academic development programs in collaboration with the Institute of Teaching and Learning. For more information, contact Olivia Seesink.

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Make a submission about the OLT changes

Changes to the OLT and funding cuts to the programmes.

From 1 July 2016, the programme of awards, grants, fellowships secondments and other projects run by the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching will be transferred to a new institute hosted within the higher education sector. The funding for the new institute will be $28 million over three years, approximately half of the current funding. 

It is clear that programs will be cut and it is therefore important to make submissions about the programs that should be retained.

The template for responses contains the following questions:

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the grants, fellowships and awards and other programmes delivered by the OLT?
  • What can be learned from the past experience of predecessor bodies and equivalent international organisations to assist the development a new programme, within and across fields of study, for leading the promotion of learning and teaching in the sector?
  • What are the opportunities for fostering engagement, innovation, enhanced quality and leading excellence in learning and teaching through a new institute?

It also asks for comments on any other matters of interest, such as governance arrangements. Submissions will be used to inform the starting point of the discussions on the establishment of the new institute in the second half of July which will be led by Professor Ross Milbourne, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney.

The OLT will be a significant loss to teaching and learning in Australian universities. The statement from the OLT Expert panel lays out some of the reasons.

The success of the current programs has relied on national funding from the federal government, widespread commitment of experts and practising academics as peer reviewers and the supporting programs run in every university in Australia. Evaluations have been independent and rigorous, accountability for grants and fellowships strong, and collaboration within and between universities and other higher education providers has been fostered. The processes developed and the deep engagement of the sector are elements to be preserved.

The national funding of promotion of teaching and learning excellence is vital to the quality of higher education for students and of graduates and to directing staff support to change and innovation to support these goals.

If these reasons resonate with you make sure you make a submission before 13 July. If you would like to discuss the changes or contribute to a submission please contact Alison Kuiper before 10 July.[close]

Changes to the OLT and funding cuts to the programmes. From 1 July 2016, the programme of awards, grants, fellowships secondments and other projects run by the Australian Governme...[more]

Call for papers on sessional teaching

The co-editors of the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) are planning a special issue -  Quality learning and teaching with sessional/adjunct/casual teachers: Systematising good practice for academic development. Sessional academics are also known as, among other names, adjunct faculty, casual or contract teaching staff, part-time and/or contingent university teachers, non-tenured track academics, etc.

Internationally, a reliance on sessional academics for university teaching has become institutionalised (Coates & Goedegebuure, 2010; Parker, 2012). The global trend is that the reliance on sessionals will continue and even increase (Jaschik & Lederman, 2015) and thus sessional teachers are an important cohort within the tertiary education workforce.
While they are a diverse cohort, the data on sessionals are limited which makes it more challenging to have a systematic approach to supporting them with professional development. Sessional university teachers are part of the ‘precariat’ (Standing, 2011) with the associated danger of limited or negligible access to academic development. A quality student learning experience is dependent upon these teachers, yet we need to consider how quality can be both assured and enhanced if resourcing and professional learning opportunities for sessional teachers are not systematised.

The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the role, and potential, of systematised academic development in ensuring and enhancing quality learning and teaching with sessional staff. We seek contributions that focus on academic development initiatives that target sessionals and are: formalised; embedded institutionally, nationally, or regionally; and sustainable.

Contributions should present innovative approaches underpinned by empirical evidence. However, as with all IJAD articles, we have no prescribed methodologies and invite you to find creative ways to address the topic of this Special Issue. All manuscripts will go through IJAD’s peer review process, as usual, once they are submitted.

  • Proposals (as extended abstract or full manuscript) due 1 September 2015
  • Full manuscripts (solicited as a result of the proposal phase) due 30 November 2015
  • Anticipated publication in early 2017
  • Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors, Word template, and other relevant information can be found on IJAD’s homepage.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted online via IJAD’s ScholarOne site.

For further information or for queries about this Special Issue, please contact:
Guest Editor, Marina Harvey or; IJAD Co-Editor, Kathryn Sutherland.[close]

The co-editors of the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) are planning a special issue -  Quality learning and teaching with sessional/adjunct/casual teacher...[more]

53 Powerful Ideas All Teachers Should Know About

The pick this month from Graham Gibb's blog is Idea 25 - that 'Fear and anxiety are the enemies of learning'. The end of the exam period seems a good time to reflect on this topic. Do you agree with Gibbs' observation that  there's "much less emphasis on the emotional climate students study within than there used to be"?

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.[close]

The pick this month from Graham Gibb's blog is Idea 25 - that 'Fear and anxiety are the enemies of learning'. The end of the exam period seems a good time to refle...[more]

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